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Top 12 Performances of 2009

by Fidel Antonio Medel
Visit my blog at www.pixelatedpopcorn.blogspot.com. 1. Tilda Swinton as Julia Harris (Julia) Swinton is a shape-shifter. We’ve seen her take various forms: as angel Gabriel in Constantine, as the White Witch in Narnia, and her Oscar-wining turn as Karen Crowder in Michael Clayton. But we’ve never seen her in a role as tenacious like this before. Meet Julia, a scheming alcoholic with a bottomless barrel of lies as her weapon of choice. Even up to her last glorious minute on scene, we are left wondering if she is still lying to our face. 2. Mo’nique as Mary (Precious) scalding and venomous 3. Nicolas Cage as Terence McDonagh (Bad Lieutenant:… Read more

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1. Tilda Swinton as Julia Harris (Julia)
Swinton is a shape-shifter. We’ve seen her take various forms: as angel Gabriel in Constantine, as the White Witch in Narnia, and her Oscar-wining turn as Karen Crowder in Michael Clayton. But we’ve never seen her in a role as tenacious like this before. Meet Julia, a scheming alcoholic with a bottomless barrel of lies as her weapon of choice. Even up to her last glorious minute on scene, we are left wondering if she is still lying to our face.

2. Mo’nique as Mary (Precious)
scalding and venomous

3. Nicolas Cage as Terence McDonagh (Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, New Orleans)
over-the-top, but thoroughly entertaining

4. Sharlto Copley as Wikus Van De Merwe (District 9)
extreme transformation

5. Christoph Waltz as Col. Hans Landa (Inglorious Basterds)
wicked and pitch-perfect

6. Kim Ok-bin as Tae-Ju (Thirst)
delicious combination of innocence, eroticism, and evil

7. Anna Kendrick as Natalie Keener (Up in the Air)
youthful brashness facing a wake-up call

8. Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy (The Blind Side)
loses herself for the role

9. Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell (Moon)
intensity multiplied nth times

10. Kim Hye-Ja as the mother (Mother)
minimalist conviction

11. Ben Foster as Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery (The Messenger)
unsentimental, yet emotive

12. Zoe Saldana as Neytiri (Avatar)
emotions that transcend 3D technology

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