37. There Will Be Blood
Daniel Day-Lewis deservedly swept the Best Actor board at virtually every ceremony for his incendiary performance as Daniel Plainview, who was defiant up until the very last.
There Will Be Blood is viewed as a commentary on greed, capitalism and the notion of interpreting the American Dream any way you see fit, with Plainview a conman masquerading as a prosperous business owner.
The feud between Plainview and Eli Sunday builds to a head when the former exacts his revenge by mercilessly beating him to death with a bowling pin, before collapsing exhausted on the ground and simply muttering ‘I’m finished’ with an air of resigned finality.