Lancaster Dodd in 'The Master'
As unhinged cult leader Lancaster Dodd in Paul Thomas Anderson's deeply uncomfortable 2012 drama "The Master," Hoffman brings a terrifying duality to his performance - cool and assured one moment, brimming over with explosive anger the next. In one of the film's most heartstopping moments, Hoffman manages to convey a lifetime's worth of frustration and bottomless rage in one violent turn of phrase: "pig fuck." I doubt any other actor could have delivered that line better.
- Chris Eggertsen