The Valero Verdict: 2020 Mid-Year Best Actor


2020 has been a whirlwind of a year as a collective whole. The year in film has been even more strange. The last movie I saw in theaters was Bloodshot, and while I didn’t hate that experience, I didn’t think that was going to be my last theater visit for TBD.

So today, I am going to continue my half-year Oscar nominations with the Best Actor category. Before I do that, I took to Twitter/Reddit to see what we’re other’s favorite movies of the year were, and here are some of the answers I got.

Zachary Krueger (Twitter)Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods) – Knocked the entire role out of the park.

Ben Yantis – Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods) – Hugh Jackman (Bad Education) and Ben Affleck (The Way Back) “Affleck gives a powerful and personal performance that really blew me away when i watched it, my favorite of the year.”

The Valero Verdict: Best Actor Nominees

5. Mamoudou Athie – Uncorked

Mamoudou Athie was magnificent in this film. I loved the drive he showed in the film. He made you invest in Elijah, you cared what was happening to him because of his acting. 

4. Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 7500

7500 was a stressful film to watch. JGL performance enhanced what the writers were trying to convey. He made you feel that sense of anxiety that put you on the edge of your seat.

3. Ben Affleck – The Way Back

We all witnessed a transformation in this film outside of Jack but within Ben Affleck. We are all aware of the struggles of which he faced in his life, they are very public, and so I believe he was able to therapeutically perform on another level due to the correlation. It was like watching Shia LaBeouf in Honey Boy all over again. This was a career-defining performance inside the most personal role in his career. He was raw, he was emotional and he was invested. We got to see a version of Affleck we have yet to see on the big screen.

2. Delroy Lindo – Da 5 Bloods

Delroy Lindo has been making films for 44 years and has flown under the radar for far too long. The writing for his character is pivotal, he is the film, and he has to exceed the expectations of his role. He pours his heart out into this role, every single line he had in this film he delivered with passion. Lindo has several scenes throughout that rip you into a hundred pieces. Within each act of the film, we watch this man unravel, and he becomes more and more unpredictable. He turned his back on his son, his brothers, and fends for himself. The portrayal of a lost soldier is so riveting and is part of an inside look of what real life feels like post-war.

1. Pete Davidson – The King of Staten Island

From his role in Big Time Adolescence to now this, Pete Davidson has become a heavy hitter in the world of film. The emotional range that he showed in this film was stuff you see from people that have been doing this for years.

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