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Mike Birbiglia (above). Denis Lavant. Sean Penn, of the mysteriously unreleased "This Must Be the Place." These are the first three actors that Variety senior film critics Justin Chang and Peter Debruge mention at the start of their conversation about the top acting performances of the year

Also featured today: Bob Verini looks at the films with potential for multiple acting noms.

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