Some performances in movies are what might be called "small gems". What are your favorite "small gem" performances?
We see the Oscar and the Emmy awards giving credit to laudable performances for the year, but what about those parts that are too small to be considered, yet were outstanding. Which of those stand out to you?
An example: In the outstanding movie, "Cold Mountain", a lot of notice was given to Renée Zellweger (greatly deserved - a fantastic performance). But I was just as impressed with the short sequence with Natalie Portman, who has come a long way in her acting. Definitely a "small gem" of a performance by her. What are some of yours?