New stars dominate this category, taking three of five prized spots. Toss in a former child actor (who’s now an established star in his prime) and one unknown Aussie and you have the nominees for Best Actor In A Movie 2010.


The nominees for Best Actor In A Movie 2010 are:

Kodi Smit-McPhee as Owen in Let Me In
He was shy and gentle but surprisingly strong-willed as the young teen from a broken home whose life is thrown upside down when he befriends a new girl who moves in across the hall. When he discovers the girl (Chloe Moretz) may be a member of the living dead, his loyalty and commitment to his new friend lead to surprising results.

Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund in The Fighter
A colorful drug-addict can be an actor’s best friend and no one’s done it better in recent years than Christian Bale in this rough-edged feel-good movie. Toss in family strife and his struggle to redemption and it’s easy to see why this role seems almost certain to win Bale the Oscar (for Best Supporting Actor). Bale’s performance dominated the screen and Jabcat places it correctly in the Best Actor category.

Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network
It’s easy to believe that Jesse Eisenberg nailed the real Mark Zuckerberg with his portrayal, even though biographical films are often filled with falsehoods and nothing may be further from the truth. We find it easy to believe he got it right because he’s just so damn convincing in the role. He’s certainly a geek with few social skills, making it ironic he should build a social network. Eisenberg, who also appeared in two of Jabcat’s Top 10 Movies 2009, seems to have a knack for being in some of the best films each year. Me thinks Master Eisenberg’s presence has something to do with that.

Andrew Garfield as Tommy in Never Let Me Go
As the grown version of a quiet boy raised to be an organ donor, Andrew Garfield is riveting in Let Me Go, even though he speaks softly and says little. It’s the struggle and sadness we sense inside him, the yearning to live for himself and the woman he loves, while fulfilling the role he was born to play, that animates this emotional and heartbreaking film.

Ben Mendelsohn as Andrew Cody in Animal Kingdom
As the elder brother in a family of bank robbers whose existence is slowly being strangled by the police, Ben Mendelsohn is creepy beyond belief, even murdering his nephew’s girlfriend because she might know too much for her own good. He made my skin crawl even when he tried to talk his way out of situations.

And the Jabby for Best Actor In A Movie 2010 goes to:

Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund in The Fighter

Runner Up: Kodi Smit-McPhee as Owen in Let Me In

Animal Kingdom Photo by Bronwyn Rennex, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

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