It wasn’t easy to shortlist 20 from plethora of great performances that we have seen this century. I’m sure some of you will be disappointed by the list, but trust me, it wasn’t easy for me either to drop some of the names. In any case, you would agree with the greatness of each of the below male performances.
20. Don Cheadle, ‘Hotel Rwanda’
Cheadle is brilliant to say the least in ‘Hotel Rwanda’. His affecting and heart-breaking performance of a man trying to protect his people moves you to tears. The honesty and integrity of his performance is clearly visible in each and every single scene of the film.
19. Bill Murray, ‘Lost in Translation’
Lost in Translation is a special film. As I have said it before, it is the best film ever made on the subject of “ennui”. A major part of the reason why the film works so well is because of the nuanced and subtle performance of Bill Murray, who in his inimitable way makes the role completely his own. Fun fact: It was Murray’s idea to whisper in Johansson’s ear when they hug in the last scene.