Murphy in Batman Begins was at the very best a note-worthy performance. I can't really respect the voters' decision on this one, especially with the likes William Hurt in A History of Violence on the ballot, which is who my voted went to. It was a sketchy year for the category, since the distinction between supporting and leading roles was much more blurred than usual: Jake Gylenhaal, George Clooney, Matt Dillon, etc. but Hurt was obviously supporting, more than any others here. He has the one scene at the end, which I thought was perfect acting, and the highlight of the movie. It was the scene that all of A History of Violence was leading to, really, it needed to work a certain way, and because of Hurt, it worked that way. I would honestly compare him to Brando in Apocaylpse Now. The structure of the story brings you to a point in which you're so involved that you nearly forget the rest of the entire movie because Hurt's character brings you to such definining moments with his mesmorizing skill as a character actor. Seriously, he makes the movie what it is.
And Clifton Collins Jr. was good, too.
But when I was comprising my ballot, Cillian Murphy never came to mind once.