10. SAMUEL L. JACKSON GOES VERY OLD SCHOOL
Sam has killed it (literally) in Tarantino flicks before -- remember the way he broke our concentration in "Pulp Fiction"? But his performance in "Django" is another beast entirely: as Stephen the house slave, Jackson ages himself by at least a decade and strips himself of his natural cool. It's a brave performance that lacks the flashy soliloquies of his co-stars' characters but remains vital to the film's overall success.