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The stocky, soulful rapper made quite an impression in 2007, bringing heart to two underwritten action roles. Keep an eye on this chart-topper: With two more flicks in 2008, he's just getting started.
2. Glen Hansard ("Once")
You don't know the name, and you've likely never heard of his band the Frames, but if you see Hansard's leading-man debut in this film, you won't be able to forget him.
3. Tom Waits ("Wristcutters: A Love Story")
Not only does the eccentric singer provide the theme song for Patrick Fugit's suicide, but he shows up later in the film as the enigmatic Kneller, acting as the sage of a bleached-out world that feels much like ... well ... a Tom Waits song.
Sure, it was a bummer when "Stomp the Yard" cost you $10 and he wasn't in it for even 10 minutes. But Brown made up for it in "Christmas," a heartfelt flick carried entirely on his young shoulders.
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5. Jill Scott ("Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?")
Going through a divorce as she shot the film, Scott undoubtedly channeled that anguish into her startlingly effective portrayal of an emotionally battered housewife. As she fell in love with someone else, we couldn't help but love her.
6. Keith Richards ("Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End")
After years of rumors and speculation, the Rolling Stones legend finally threw on a pirate hat and joined the party. It's not like he deserved an Oscar or anything, but just the fact that he was intelligible indicated a great performance.
For sheer output, Timberlake deserves a spot on this list — and he should also be commended for taking off-the-beaten-path roles in daring indies.
8. Alicia Keys ("Smokin' Aces," "The Nanny Diaries")
As a chameleonesque assassin, she started the year (and her film career) by putting the smoke in "Aces." In August, she returned to show her comedic versatility as Scarlett Johansson's confidant. Finishing up the year with the release of her CD "As I Am," she made us love her as she is.
9. Jack White ("Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story")
Keith Richards may have thought he landed the coolest cameo as Johnny Depp's dad, but what musician hasn't dreamed of being Elvis for a day? In "Walk Hard," this White Stripe was a star.
10. Jennifer Lopez ("El Cantante")
Her great work in 1998's "Out of Sight" still reminds us a decade later that J. Lo should be even more. With "Cantante," at least she was taking her craft seriously — and you can't say that about "The Wedding Planner."
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