The Envelope‘s Pete Hammond is saying that the hottest Best Actor contenders are Michael Clayton‘s George Clooney vs. There Will Be Blood‘s Daniel Day Lewis? Clooney’s performance in Tony Gilroy‘s corporate thriller is his career best after playing that bearded CIA guy in Syriana, but saying it’s neck-and-neck with Lewis’s Daniel Plainview performance is like…what? Did somebody put LSD into the Stone Canyon reservoir when I was away in Boston? Clooney is a good egg but his Clayton performance is a long way from Paul Newman‘s in The Verdict…c’mon.