I make ‘favorite performance’ lists every year, and I get that these lists, more than the rest, are the most subjective one can make. Because it’s really about what you see in each performance and what you respond to; There’s no objective way to truly rate a performance as better than another. With whole films, it feels easier to make that distinction. So with these lists, I’m just gonna focus on some performances from the decade that I really, really enjoyed, and the goal here is just to shout them out and maybe get some people to watch the films if they hadn’t or reevaluate each of the performances the next time they watch the films.
We’re starting with male lead performances, and there was certainly no shortages of those to choose from this decade.
178. “Pictures in My Head,” from The Muppets
Ah, our first Muppet song. This was a movie we were all charmed by when it came out and just sort of forgot about. There are a couple of good songs from this movie (though the only one that was nominated/won was “Man or Muppet,” which is not one of the better ones).
This one was their “Rainbow Connection,” which is Kermit looking back longingly on the history of the Muppets and hoping they’re not gone forever. It’s a nice little song that fits within the film, though admittedly it owes a lot to “Rainbow Connection.”