Tom Hardy had a pretty good summer at the movies, headlining one of the biggest blockbusters of the year (Dark Knight Rises), as well as an artful literary adaptation (Lawless). Most impressive of all: Hardy stole the show in both films, while barely speaking an audible line.
Bane's Shakespearian dialogue in Dark Knight Rises snagged its own place on this list - but it was Hardy's use of grunts and monosyllabic phrasing when playing Virginia bootlegger (and invincible badass) Forrest Bondurant in Lawless that earns him the award for eloquence and emotiveness through spoken (word? Sound?).
All joking aside: Forrest Bondurant's grunt-lingo was a highlight of Lawless, and the lager-than-life character somehow found a way to say more in a guttural utterance than most characters do in an entire monologue. Bravo, Mr. Hardy.