Here we go people, time to award the MAJOR Award for Best Actor. The actor in a leading role who gave us the best performance in 2012!
The nominees are: Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”, Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”, Hugh Jackman, “Les Misérables”, Ewan McGregor, “The Impossible”, and Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”.
Click through to see which of these fine actors took home the Leg Lamp!
Daniel Day Lewis, “Lincoln”
Spitting image of Abraham Lincoln isn’t he? No known recordings of Lincoln exist… but I swear, that’s exactly what he sounded like. Yes, as far as I’m concerned… and I haven’t heard anyone disagree yet… Daniel Day-Lewis absolutely brought Abraham Lincoln to life onscreen. He sounded exactly like him, looked exactly like him and acted exactly like him. Even though we have little to actually compare this performance to, everyone who’s seen it would swear, “Yeah, that’s exactly him”.
But it’s not just the amazing accuracy of his impersonation that makes his performance so astonishing. It’s that during the course of this amazing biographical portrayal he puts on an amazing performance. While he’s pretending to be someone we all already have a vision of, he’s also putting on an incredible performance on top of keeping the persona in place. His Lincoln is weary, but resolute. Funny. Soft spoken… most of the time. He’s a charismatic leader, but he’s also worn from the turmoil of his time in office. He’s driven by ideals, but grounded in the reality of what needs to be done.
Daniel Day-Lewis makes sure we get all of that, and he makes it seem effortless.
The others were great as well. Cooper portrayed a genuinely off-balanced character, who managed to get us cheering for him anyways. Hugh Jackman sings his heart out and puts his all into the classic character of Jean Valjean, to great results. Ewan McGregor convincingly portrays a man who’s been put through an overwhelming ordeal and survived, only to face the horror of possibly having lost his family. And Joaquin Phoenix brings Freddie Quell into being… a character so unique, bizarre and off-kilter that anyone who watches “The Master” will likely never forget him.
Daniel Day-Lewis, the FMR MAJOR Award winner for Best Actor, 2012