16. Jeff Bridges, 'Crazy Heart'
Around 1998's The Big Lebowski, Jeff Bridges cemented his position as America's favorite stoner uncle, delivering performances with a "Hey, man, it's cool" laidback vibe that almost felt like a private joke between him and his fans. More than a decade later, Bridges cashed in on that chummy persona with an Oscar for Crazy Heart, in which he plays a faded country star who begins a May-December relationship with a journalist (Maggie Gyllenhaal) sent to profile him. Bridges' Bad Blake could be a character in a corny country song — he's a drunk with a melancholy streak and a kind heart — and the veteran actor invests the man with effortlessly weary, aw-shucks charm. It's an affecting turn, if not exactly a revelatory one, and Bridges' Best Actor prize perhaps more of an acknowledgment of a fine career than for stellar work in this particular film.