Best scenes from lead actor noms

Bardem's goodbye to daughter brings tears

Javier Bardem

The dying Uxbal realizes he must finally say goodbye to his beloved daughter, his oldest child. It’s the moment he has avoided since he knew his days were numbered. “Look in my eyes. Look at my face. Remember me please. Don’t forget me, my love. Please.” They embrace, fiercely, their hearts beating, embracing, breaking. Their brief journey together has almost reached its end — in this world, at least.

Jeff Bridges
“True Grit”

Soaked to the bone and drunk as a skunk, Rooster Cogburn sits under a tarp and admits defeat. “Take the girl,” he tells the Texas Ranger LaBoeuf. “I bow out. I’m a foolish old man who has been drawn into a wild goose chase by a harpy in trousers and a nincompoop.” Behind the bluster, Cogburn realizes his own shortcomings have as much to do with the present failed situation. And deep down, he hates himself for it.

Jesse Eisenberg
“The Social Network”

Mark Zuckerberg takes his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend out for dinner and a beer. He leads the conversation and it’s an assault on her sensibility and senses. In the space of five minutes, he manages offend her in every way possible and, yet, completely oblivious to his exhausting manner, he’s the one who ends up feeling hurt. He leaves, filled with hostility and doubly determined to prove all adversaries — real and imagined — wrong.

Colin Firth
“The King’s Speech”

Bertie visits Logue soon after his father dies. He relates the king’s last words: “Bertie has more guts than the rest of his brothers put together.” Bertie smiles ruefully. “He couldn’t say that to my face.” Using stealth psychology — and the carrot of a letting him work on a model airplane — Logue draws him out and Bertie, with trembling sadness, speaks of his family history. In the moment, he’s a paradox: Both a child and a self-reflective adult.

James Franco
“127 Hours”

Well past the 100-hour mark in his standoff with a boulder, Aron Ralston turns on his video camera and imagines himself the host of a morning talkshow and begins interviewing Aron Ralston, the “self-proclaimed American superhero.” It’s here that he finally owns up to his responsibility for his desperate situation, brought on by hubris and selfishness. Then he says what he believes to be his final goodbyes to his parents.

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