2. Edward Norton, 'Fight Club'
In one of the great movies ignored by Oscar, Norton gives what still ranks (for me) as his best performance. Director David Fincher makes brilliant use of film language to take us inside the head of Norton’s narrator Jack, a yuppie drone whose mind is on fire with revolutionary ideas provided by Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden, a firebrand who turns fight clubs into militias. Norton catches lightning in a revelatory performance that reaches its peak as Jack beats himself bloody in front of his employer.