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The 33 Best Male Performances of the 2000s

The 33 Best Male Performances of the 2000s

My attempt to get all of my 2000s lists of my system by the end of the week continues with my take on the best male performances of the year – expanded to 33 just because that felt like that was a fair enough number to note most of the performances I felt deserving. Though I’ll admit it was a bit unfair for smaller roles, as the majority of these are leads – overall I’m happy with the list. Vlad Ivanov (“4 Months”), Sergi Lopez (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), Hal Holbrook (“Into The Wild”), Michael Sheen (“The Queen”), Robert Downey Jr (“Tropic Thunder”), Mark Wahlberg (“I Heart Huckabees”) and Dennis Quaid (“Far From Heaven”) were some of the supporting roles I almost included but left out at the last minute, while Hugh Grant (“About a Boy”), Michael Stuhlbarg (“A Serious Man”), Javier Bardem (“Before Night Falls”), Jeremie Renier (“L’Enfant”) and Matt Damon (“The Bourne Supremacy”) were some lead roles that almost made the cut. There’s also some interestingly considerable crossover with yesterday’s sexiest performance lists, for what that’s worth.

Here they are… a few now, and then rest after the jump. Please feel free to offer your own suggestions and/or bitch about mine. I tried to find clips as much as I could but gave up after a while (fuck you “embedding disabled by request”).

33. Nicolas Cage in “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans”

32. Jamie Bell in “Billy Elliot”

31. Michael Fassbender in “Hunger”

30. Viggo Mortensen in “Eastern Promises”

29—>1 after the jump

29. Colin Firth in “A Single Man”

28. Jack Nicholson in “About Schmit”

27. Casey Affleck in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”

26. Peter Sarsgaard in “Shattered Glass”

25. Steve Buscemi in “Ghost World”

24. Ben Kingsley in “Sexy Beast”

23. Eddie Marsan in “Happy-Go-Lucky”

22. Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland”

21. Ryan Gosling in “Half Nelson”

20. Ewan McGregor in “Moulin Rouge!”

19. Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight”

18. Gael Garcia Bernal in “Bad Education”

17. Nicolas Cage in “Adaptation”

16. Paul Giamatti in “American Splendor”

15. John Cameron Mitchell in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

14. Mark Ruffalo in “You Can Count On Me”

13. Sacha Baron Cohen in “Borat”

12. Gene Hackmen in “The Royal Tenenbaums”

11. Jim Carrey in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

10. Tony Leung in “In The Mood For Love”

9. Sean Penn in “Milk”

8. Viggo Mortensen in “A History of Violence”

7. Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

6. Christian Bale in “American Psycho”

5. Javier Bardem in “No Country For Old Men”

4. Bill Murray in “Lost in Translation”

3. Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler”

2. Heath Ledger in “Brokeback Mountain”

1. Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood”

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