5. The Favourite – Nicholas Hoult
For being as deliciously and theatrically sour as he can, and providing the film with the wit it sorely needs.
4. The Death of Stalin – Jason Isaacs
For injecting the film with a riotous shot of Yorkshire enzyme. It’s truly perplexing that he doesn’t do comedy more often.
3. The Death of Stalin – Jeffrey Tambor
For being the secret weapon in every ensemble he’s a part of. The more serious he is, the funnier he is.
2. If Beale Street Could Talk – Colman Domingo
For his determination and intelligence above the call of duty. That monologue in the bar is as subtly captivating as any scene this year.
1. Paddington 2 – Hugh Grant
For the greatest foppish turn in years. There’s something to be said for being loose and relaxed as a performer; it radiates through the screen and is joyous to watch. Magnificent.
Runner Up: A Private War – Tom Hollander
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