The Fact That Tracey Letts Exists
Few men can play middle-aged white-male anger with more gusto than the Pulitzer-winning playwright and actor, but never mind the rage; 2017 was the year we saw the range. His turn as the gentle, slightly overwhelmed father in Lady Bird has already earned him deserved praise (he and Laurie Metcalf make a great double act), and his small but significant part in Steven Spielberg's The Post, playing counsel to Katharine Graham, is proof that he's a top-notch, you-can-see-him-thinking screen listener. It's his third role of the year, however, that seals the deal: A husband who starts cheating not on his wife but with her (long story) in the criminally underseen movie The Lovers. There is a symphony of reticence, defeat, confusion, exasperation and, at one point, unbridled joy that plays across his face – and that's not even counting the moment he sings "It Must Be Love" while plinking the Madness tune out on the family piano. This man can do anything.