10. Colin Firth, 'The King's Speech'
Even kings have their vulnerabilities, despite being as handsome as Colin Firth. That simple truism guides The King's Speech, a tasteful period drama that draws its empathy from Firth's modest, bighearted performance as King George VI, who in 1936 ascended to the throne and had to finally confront a debilitating stutter. An actor known for playing characters full of debonair charm and impeccable gentility, Firth always lets us feel the weight of the crown that lays heavy on his character's head. Rarely has a lack of confidence been so deeply likable.