Now on with the next battle. This poll closes on Monday.
Edward Norton in American History X (1998) as Derek Vinyard
This sentiment can be said for a few of the performances still in the bracket, but I cannot overemphasise how much of a linchpin Norton is for the success of American History X. Without him ensuring that Eric is not only charming but beguilingly so, so much of the film would fail. There’s the perverse way that he disarms the audience into making us observe his cruelty and then offset it with a grace and openness which enthrals even as it repulses. Random: This is not as much about Norton’s performance specifically, but Paolo mentioned seeing them back to back and it makes me think how striking Fiennes in Schindler’s List and Norton’s performance in their similarity.
Paolo (Okinawa Assault Incident) vouches for Norton's performance.
Emma Thompson in Howards End (1992) as Margaret Schlegel
Those familiar would know who I'm rooting for, but truthfully both performances are so good. Who wins for you?