Leah Rozen
March 26, 2001 12:00 PM

Russell Crowe, Gladiator

Tom Hanks, Cast Away *

Ed Harris, Pollock

Geoffrey Rush, Quills

As a modern-day Robinson Crusoe, Hanks wasn’t showy, yet he always showed just what his character was thinking. He was alone onscreen for an hour talking only to a volleyball, but one’s attention never wavered. Backup pick: Harris, for his intense drips-and-all portrait of artist Jackson Pollock.

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