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The Dissolve's Best Actors Include Simon Pegg, James Franco and David Cross

Photo of Sam Adams By Sam Adams | Criticwire December 17, 2013 at 10:30AM

The Dissolve's list of the year's best male performances gave equal time to comedies and dramas.
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The latest piece in The Dissolve's year-end puzzle is their list of the year's best male performances (which, disclosure, I voted on and contributed to). Quite a few of the faces have become familiar sights, including Nebraska's Bruce Dern, 12 Years a Slave's Chewitel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, Inside Llewyn Davis' Oscar Isaac, All Is Lost's Robert Redford and Captain Phillips' Tom Hanks. But as The World's End director Edgar Wright -- not a disinterested party, but also not wrong -- pointed out, the list is uncommonly generous to comic performances, which often get overshadowed by dramatic scenery-chewing this time of year. Of Simon Pegg in The World's End, they write "Pegg hits all the expected comic beats in rallying his reluctant grown-up buddies on an epic pub crawl, but he finds enormous pathos, too, in his failure to mature after all these years -- and in the town's failure to be the distinctive place he remembers," and praise David Cross in It's a Disaster as he "nails the twists, comedically and dramatically." Dallas Buyers Club's Matthew McConaughey is on the list, but for his supporting role in Mud instead. Here's the complete list:

The Dissolve's Best Male Lead Performances

Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Chewitel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis

Simon Pegg, The World's End

Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips

The Dissolve's Best Male Supporting Performances

James Franco, Spring Breakers

David Cross, It's a Disaster

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Matthew McConaughey, Mud

James Gandolfini, Enough Said

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