Best Actor Oscar-Winners Since 2000, Ranked Worst to Best

From French comics to Method-acting chameleons, our updated list on the gentleman who have taken home the 21st-century gold

17. Jean Dujardin, 'The Artist'

Jean Dujardin had already worked twice with director Michel Hazanavicius, making the wry James Bond spoofs OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and OSS 117: Lost in Rio — so why not team up for another loving send-up of an outdated movie genre? In The Artist, Dujardin once again used his sly handsomeness as a weapon, mocking smug Hollywood self-absorption in the role of a preening 1920s silent-movie star who discovers he's ill-equipped for the sound revolution. It's a charming performance in a charming film, but its pleasantness starts to feel one-note. Like the movie itself, Dujardin's portrayal is very enjoyable in small does, but its concentrated cutesiness can be overwhelming at feature length.