5. Love is Strange – John Lithgow
For being one-half of the year's greatest couple: The incredible thing that he and Molina pull-off is that when separated, we sense, without dialogue or frontage, the other half missing.
4. Love is Strange – Alfred Molina
For being the other half: Molina's ethereal quality has long gone unrecognized.
3. Listen Up Philip – Jason Schwartzman
For so auspiciously conveying Philip's separation from the rest of the world that it seems effortless.
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Ralph Fiennes
For his omnipresent urbanity: his encapsulation of a Lubitsch-esque charm that no longer exists in cinematic acting is what makes his performance so remarkable.
1. Starred Up – Jack O’Connell
For taking on the year's most demanding role, showering it with risky choices and repaying in dividends.
Runner Up: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Michael Keaton
I Can’t Advance Without Mentioning:
American Sniper – Bradley Cooper
Boyhood – Ellar Coltrane
The Double – Jesse Eisenberg
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