Attica! Attica! Top Films of 2009! (Favorite Performances) March 15, 2010Posted by Richard Bolisay in Yearender.
This will spoil the remainder of the list, but that can’t be helped. As much as we love beautiful actors, we love great actors even more. Great actors alone can save a crappy film from damnation, because even if the film is that bad, at least they are there to grace it, to offer some manna amid the atrociousness, which in the end may actually change our mind about the film.
Some of these performances I selected below for 2009, the last five in particular, rank among the best of the past decade, methinks. Agree or not?
Anyway, let’s go Eskimo!
15. Tahar Rahim as Malik El Djebena in A Prophet
14. Eugene Domingo as Kimmy and Dora in Kimmy Dora
13. Lorna Raver as Mrs. Ganush in Drag Me To Hell
12. Che Ramos as Laya in Mangatyanan
11. Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell and the other Sam Bells in Moon
10. Sharlto Copley as Wikus van der Merwe in District 9
9. Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard as Jenny Miller and David Goldman in An Education
8. Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique as Precious and Mary in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
7. Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish as John Keats and Fanny Brawne in Bright Star
6. Michael Fassbender and Katie Jarvis as Connor and Mia in Fish Tank
5. Raul Arellano as Raul in Himpapawid
4. Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, James Gandolfini, Chris Addison, Anna Chlumsky, Paul Higgins, David Rasche and the rest of the UK and US government officials in In The Loop
3. Joaquin Phoenix as Leonard Kraditor in Two Lovers
2. Tilda Swinton as Julia Harris in Julia
1. Christoph Waltz as Col. Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds
gif courtesy of fellow Christoph-lover Ayn Dimaya
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