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5. Michael Fassbender, 'Shame'
Never has sex looked so unsexy. Michael Fassbender is at the center of one of the biggest bummers of the year -- 'Shame,' a sex addiction drama that will break your heart and turn you off. As Brandon -- a New York businessman with an addiction to skin -- Fassbender is fully committed to his craft, and a return collaboration with 'Hunger' director Steve McQueen brings out the actor's best traits: namely, that even while playing a doomed and self-destructive mess, Fassbender still makes audiences care about him. It's a neat trick, one that Fassbender will hopefully be performing for years to come.