The Last King of Scotland
Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Gillian Anderson
Like great painters, tyrants and dictators often make for fascinating screen portraits and here that fine, if often under-rated, actor Whitaker turns in a powerful performance as Uganda's twisted leader Idi Amin.
Amin was often viewed merely as a funny buffoon who strode the world stage in the l970s, though in reality he was a blood-thirsty devil whose every action was deserving of condemnation. He wasn't at all funny.
The film - and Amin did consider himself the King of the title - concerns the fate of a young Scottish doctor who was drawn into this twisted world.
And if the quite brilliant Whitaker doesn't pick up an Oscar come March, the world is a more twisted place than we imagine.