As countdown the end of the year, it amazes me what a whirlwind of a year it has been, especially in the world of film. For the majority of 2020, movie theaters have been closed, streaming has become the new king, and we have witnessed a pandemic as this generation has yet to see. 2021 looks bleak as far as when movies will be back out again for the norm. Still, today, I continue my series of best of which will last over a multitude of pieces that will include my top 10 films, tackling all four acting categories, most disappointed, and whatever other I muster up.
Today, Today, after watching close to 300 2020 releases, I turn my attention to the Best Actor performances of the year.
5. Pete Davidson – The King of Staten Island
As I said in my Supporting Actor post about Bill Burr, 2020 is the year of Pete Davidson. He was fantastic in Big Time Adolescence, he released a stand-up special that was great, and we saw a side of Pete in ‘The King of Staten Island’ as we had never seen before. The performance was emotional, heartfelt while filled with his trademark comedic undertone. The film is one of my favorite of the year, but this performance was phenomenal.
4. Winston Duke – Nine Days (Coming in Summer of 2021)
From my review: Winston Duke, I don’t even know what to begin to say about his performance. Will, he is giving potential life to others, and while he does it throughout the film, he embodies the idea of ‘life’ but in this lifeless way where every move feels like he is over excreting himself. Winston had the mannerisms and characteristics that makes Will work. From posture to facial expressions to the way words fell off his tongue, I was captivated by every intricacy of Will in a way that put me in his mind.
3. Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal (Available on Amazon Prime)
Excerpt from my review: For this movie to work, Ruben had to be accessible and, within that layer, Ahmed is in charge of making us feel what he is feeling which he manages to do very well. He made me feel empathy, pain, and sorrow with his body language, movements and facial expressions. I felt connected to his journey.
2. Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)
Chadwick Boseman, who gives an emotionally invigorating performance for the ages. It is the final chapter in what is a fantastic career, and the heart and soul he puts into Levee’s role is one we will never forget. There is a moment in the film where he talks to God and his doubts about his existence. That particular moment was not just an Oscar moment, but it was hard to watch him speak to a God and understand he is gone now.
1. Anthony Hopkins – The Father (Coming out in Feb.)
Anthony Hopkins is a five-time Academy Award nominee with one victor under his belt for his groundbreaking performance in ‘The Silence of the Lambs.’ To be good at something for so long is impressive, but to be great at something for so long is even better. Hopkins gave the best performance of his career at 83-years-old, if that isn’t inspirational, I don’t know what is. I was mentally, emotionally moved by what Hopkins did in this film like I have been very few times in film before. Within every single movement, every word that came out of his mouth, and every action that he made, he reeled you in and made you feel every single thing he was feeling. It’s merely one of the most incredible performances I have ever seen in my life.