He is having a good time. And that might be the difference.
Jean Dujardin took the SAG and the BAFTA. He’s imitating John Travolta on Jay Leno:
He’s being delightful for Funny Or Die:
And he showed up on Saturday Night Live and was ADORABLE. See that video here.
Oh yeah, and his BAFTA acceptance speech was pretty great too:
While the others pursue it with mechanical obligation and, in a sense, greed, Jean Dujardin looks like he’s actually enjoying. That it’s happening organically. If he’s acting, well, give it to him. Because he’s doing it that much better than the others.