Winner of this
year's Coolidge Award, Viggo Mortensen has brought to life characters ranging
from the regal Aragorn in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy to the adulterous
"blouse man" in Tony Goldwyn's A
Walk on the Moon (1999). Perhaps he has done his best and edgiest work
in collaboration with David Cronenberg, as is the case in A History
of Violence (2005), about a mild-mannered small town family man
who is in fact a ruthless assassin trying to escape his past.