2009 Best Actor Winner

The Informant!

This has been a really strong year in this category, unlike the last two years when one clear frontrunner easily outran the competition.  I probably could have drawn one of these names out of a hat and been pleased with the choice, but I ultimately went with Matt Damon’s performance because it was the clearest example of an actor stretching beyond his normal comfort zone.  These kind of slightly comedic performances are easy to overlook, but just look at this portrayal of a kooky whistleblower and try to remember that this is the same guy who played the badass secret agent Jason Bourne and it becomes immediately clear just how transformative Damon’s work is here.

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