Jeff Bridges picked up a well deserved Best Actor for his turn in "Crazy Heart," the film's second prize of the night.
In a film that could have been a painfully cliched yawner about yet another washed up drunk looking for redemption in the form of a younger woman, Bridges went for broke. He got fat, undid his belt buckle -- literally -- and went all-in, creating a totally believable character.
George Clooney had been praised up and down for paying the most challenging role of his career, but really he was playing a new flavor of George Clooney. His roles in "Micheal Clayton" and "Syrianna" were both further from the (admittedly likable) Clooney we all know.
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Colin Firth's work in "A Single Man" was brilliant, but it was such a small movie and such a subtle part -- there was no moment that grabbed you, rather it snuck up on you.
All that said, it's shocking that Jeremy Renner's work in "The hUrt Locker" was totally overlooked.