I name John Hurt actor of the year for 3 exceptional performances this year.
Professor Seldom in The Oxford Murders
John Hurt plays an Oxford mastermind who helps his young student unravel a mysterious muder case. Brilliant acting, and a brilliant film, well worth the watch if you can get hold of the DVD.
Professor Oxley in Indiana Jones 4
Hurt plays a mad-man, you could almost believe Hurt was mad himself, certainly look this film up, your missing something if you don't.
Professor Broom in Hellboy 2
Hurt again comes back to play the beloved role of the professor in charge of the BPRD. This time he narrates his own story. Exceptional!
Now that I notice it, his characters have all been professors!