Image credit: Nicolas Cage (Adaptation): Ben Kaller
After a string of duds, the ''Leaving Las Vegas'' Oscar winner provided double the pleasure as ''Adaptation'''s odd-couple twin brothers. Though he eschews outward tics to differentiate between the genius and the hack, he almost makes us forget they're being played by the same man.
Which is precisely the problem; the achievement may be too subtle for its own good. Voters looking for a flashier performance will likely look elsewhere.