Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender among your favorite male performances of 2015

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Derbyites, what is the best male film performance you’ve seen so far in 2015, lead or supporting? Our readers, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, have begun sharing their favorite male performances in our all-new, much faster and easier-to-navigate movie forum. Read some of their comments below and then join the discussion in our forums here.

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FilmGuy619: As of right now, Matt Damon in “The Martian.” I just loved how he maintains his sense of humor and humility in the face of peril. By the time the movie was over, I just wanted to hug him. I also love Benicio Del Toro in “Sicario” and Oscar Isaac in “Ex Machina” who are a close second and third respectively as of now.

LuisAlbertoQH: Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs.” BY FAR. As of now.

manakamana: I’d honestly probably say Andrew Garfield in “99 Homes.” Some others I liked are Paul Dano in “Love & Mercy,” Jason Segel in “The End of the Tour” and Geza Rohrig in “Son of Saul.”

drenja: As of now John Cusack for “Love & Mercy.”

KyleBailey: Garfield/Shannon in “99 Homes” definitely are up there but Alexander Skarsgard really blew me away in “Diary of a Teenage Girl.” He really showed me he has many more sides to him than a somewhat campy vampire. Such a raw and heartbreaking performance.

nkb325: I admittedly haven’t seen much, but at this point I’d probably say Jacob Tremblay in “Room.” I’m so glad the film is doing as well as it is because it means he might actually get the recognition he deserves (even though he really should be in leading).

WildforFilm: My favorite performances so far have been Jake Gyllenhaal in “Southpaw,” Matt Damon in “The Martian,” Thomas Mann in “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” and Joel Edgerton in “The Gift.” If I had to pick the BEST of my bunch, I’d have to go with Gyllenhal just because it was a dynamic and different performance from him.

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