The New York Times has posted a video in which several notable actors from 2009 discuss their favorite performances of the decade. The video includes, in order of appearance: Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Christoph Waltz, Sam Worthington, Vera Farmiga, Tobey Maguire, Colin Firth, Zoe Saldana, and George Clooney.

Out of all of these actors, Bridges, Gyllenhaal, and Maguire seem to get a pretty good laugh out of this. For my money, Gyllenhaal has the funniest bit, in which he heaps enormous praise onto Peter Sarsgaard for his performance in An Education. The best part comes when Gyllenhaal describes the character that Sarsgaard played:
I don't know what he does for a living. He seems to be into cellos. He likes really, really young women. That's my best description of Peter Sarsgaard's performance in An Education.
On a more serious note, Julianne Moore has nothing but admiration for Sean Penn's Oscar-winning turn in Mystic River, Carey Mulligan was enthralled by Saoirse Ronan in Atonement, and Colin Firth respects the risk-taking of Kevin Bacon's lead performance as a pedophile in The Woodsman, a film I have yet to see. No worries though, as Firth's passionate description alone is enough to convince me to seek that film out immediately.

I still have several more films I want to see before offering my take on this category, but don't let that stop you. Watch the embedded video below and then feel free to offer up some of your favorite performances from the 2000's in the comments section.

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