When he dives into character study ("Malcolm X," "The Hurricane," "Training Day"), Washington's performance moves beyond the screen and into our conscience.
Phoenix's physical transformation into the animalistic alcoholic Freddie Quell is like no other performance this year, as bold and convincing as the work of former Method actor master Marlon Brando.
If Day-Lewis could win an Oscar for his portrayal of a corrupt oil man in "There Will Be Blood," consider how much stronger his chances are this time.
Domestic Film DAILY
PROVIDED BY: Box Office
The Equalizer1Daily:$8.2M Cumulative:$34.1M Sony / Columbia -39.59%
The Boxtrolls2Daily:$4.9M Cumulative:$17.3M Focus -34.47%
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner3Daily:$4.3M Cumulative:$58.0M Fox -46.49%
TNT's "Dallas" saw a huge drop-off for its season premiere of "Dallas" Monday night.
ABC ordered four drama pilots Tuesday, including "Big Thunder," based on the roller coaster ride at Disneyland, as well as a gothic soap from producer Mark Gordon.
Starz has found a new dance partner for its ballet series in development: "Breaking Bad" exec Moira Walley-Beckett and Lawrence Bender.
Showtime has given renewals to drama "Shameless" as well as comedies "House of Lies" and "Californication."
ITV has pacted with Twentieth Century Fox Distrivbution and landed the U.K. rights to FX's new drama series "The Americans."
The CW ordered a pair of pilots Monday, while CBS added a drama to its burgeoning pilot haul.
Cartoon Network is taking its upfront presentation on the road: In lieu of one supersized Gotham gala, ad sales, marketing and programming execs for the Turner cabler will stop and chat with clients…