It's a new poll, with a simple enough idea: if there are multiple nominees from the same movie in the same acting category, we hold the poll. Poll will be open for at least 24 hours.
DUEL #20 WINNER
DUEL #1: Al Pacino vs. Joe Pesci in The Irishman (23-28) DUEL #2: Emma Stone vs. Rachel Weisz in The Favourite (22-21) DUEL #3: Woody Harrelson vs. Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (18-23) DUEL #4: Jessica Chastain vs. Octavia Spencer in The Help (13-17) DUEL #5: Amy Adams vs. Melissa Leo in The Fighter (27-14) DUEL #6: Vera Farmiga vs. Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air (20-13) DUEL #7: Amy Adams vs. Viola Davis in Doubt (20-22) DUEL #8: Adriana Barraza vs. Rinko Kikuchi in Babel (14-9) DUEL #9: Queen Latifah vs. Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago (6-28) DUEL #10: Helen Mirren vs. Maggie Smith in Gosford Park (19-8) DUEL #11: Kate Hudson vs. Frances McDormand in Almost Famous (20-16) DUEL #12: Harvey Keitel vs. Ben Kingsley in Bugsy (5-13) DUEL #13: Anjelica Huston vs. Lena Olin in Enemies: A Love Story (2-8) DUEL #14: Joan Cusack vs. Sigourney Weaver in Working Girl (3-17) DUEL #15: Tom Berenger vs. Willem Dafoe in Platoon (16-9) DUEL #16: Margaret Avery vs. Oprah Winfrey in The Color Purple (14-9) DUEL #17: F. Murray Abraham vs. Tom Hulce in Amadeus (24-8) DUEL #18: Geena Davis vs. Susan Sarandon in Thelma and Louise (14-19) DUEL #19: Tom Courtenay vs. Albert Finney in The Dresser (10-4) DUEL #20: Shirley MacLaine vs. Debra Winger in Terms of Endearment TIE (10-10)
Lithgow. Nicholson was being Nicholson but Lithgow, with a limited screen time, leaves an impression and also elevates the material. Just look at how his eyes light up and how he smiles when Emma says she may come in the bank sometime or his face expression when Aurora interrupts the phone call. Or his last scene. Just beautiful, touching acting.