Jake Gyllenhaal as Davis
Jake Gyllenhaal can be over the top when he's acting but he's even more effective when he's restrained. In Demolition, he gave us one of the most touching scenes of 2016. No need for bulking up or losing a massive amount of weight, just by being a regular guy this became one of his best.
Lewis Macdougall as Conor
A Monster Calls
Veteran actors can learn a thing or two from Lewis Macdougall whose remarkable emotional control made us weep and grumble with him in A Monster Calls.
Paolo Ballesteros as Trisha Echevaria
Some people say that Paolo didn't have to act in Die Beautiful because of the flamboyant nature of his role, but it's in the film's darkest scenes where Paolo shined, which also made him undeniable.
Casey Affleck as Lee
Manchester by the Sea
Casey Affleck is so good in Manchester by the Sea that he adapted the sadness of Lee throughout the awards season.
Ryan Gosling as Holland March
The Nice Guys
We always see him act, cry, dance and sing, but we rarely see him pull comedic slapstick chops. In The Nice Guys we realize he's actually a comedic genius.