For the first time, I’ve seen a performance that has to be considered one of the strongest contenders to win Best Actor so far this year. George Clooney, Jean DuJardin, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gary Oldman and Brad Pitt all are in contention to win. The other notable performance is Michael Fassbender in Shame. Somewhere in there room might have to be made for Woody Harrelson’s bad cop in Oren Moverman’s exceptional film, Rampart. His follow-up to The Messenger, which also starred Harrelson, is filled with strong supporting characters, like Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Steve Buscemi, Audra McDonald, Robin Wright Penn, Ned Beatty, Ice Cube and Ben Foster, nearly unrecognizable as a homeless man who gets too close to Harrselson’s character.