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David Poland

By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR
Actor – Film
Golden
Globes
Comment
Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness
D
Strong and getting stronger
Peter O’Toole – Venus
C/M
When will he appear?
Forrest Whitaker – The Last King Of Scotland
D
A steady force, but spikes no longer spiking
Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat
C/M
$72 million and counting
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Departed
D
Makes sense
Ryan Gosling – Half Nelson
D
Jamie Foxx – Dreamgirls
C/M
Derek Luke – Catch A Fire
George Clooney – The Good German
D
Nicolas Cage – World Trade Center
Edward Norton – The Painted Veil
Aaron Eckhart – Thank You for Smoking
C/M
Greg Kinnear – Little Miss Sunshine
C/M

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Actor – Film
Golden
Globes
Comment
Jack Nicholson – The Departed
*
We’ve seen it before…. but we love it
Eddie Murphy – Dreamgirls
*
Breaking new ground… if he works the media, he shoots into lead
Michael Sheen – The Queen
*
Interesting dark horse
Alan Arkin – Little Miss Sunshine
*
Spent a lifetime earning this slot
Brad Pitt – Babel
*
Strong superstar in small, emotional role
Jackie Earle Haley – Little Children
Michael Pena – World Trade Center
Steve Carrell – Little Miss Sunshine

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