Frank Langella deserves the oscar. I've heard real good things about mickey rourke's performance in the wrestler, but i believe his performance could not outdo langella's nixon. It was one of the greatest performances i have ever seen. He embodied president nixon better than anyone ever has and probably ever will.
There are a few moments where nixon doesnt say anything but you can see the pain and self loathing that he feels. When it cut to credits, I teared up a bit. He was so broken. So beaten down.
Ron Howard outdid himself here.