Thursday, December 29, 2011

Best Performances of 2011

A great performance can make an otherwise unmemorable movie memorable.  And conversely, a movie is rarely great without at least one great performance.  Below are my favorites from 2011, ranked roughly in order beginning with my favorite.  You will notice that, just like with my Best Films of 2011 list, I don't subscribe to a fixed 10.  (Although many may wish that I did.)

Best Actor:
  1. Ewan McGregor - Beginners
  2. Woody Harrelson - Rampart
  3. Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
  4. George Clooney - The Descendants
  5. Brad Pitt - Moneyball
  6. Thomas Horn - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  7. Michael Shannon - Take Shelter
  8. Ryan Gosling - The Ides of March
  9. Martin Sheen - The Way
  10. Steve Carell - Crazy, Stupid Love
  11. Owen Wilson - Midnight in Paris
  12. Brad Pitt - Tree of Life
  13. Brendan Gleeson - The Guard
  14. Michael Fassbender - Shame
  15. Michael Fassbender - A Dangerous Method
  16. Jean Dujardin - The Artist

Best Actress:
  1. Viola Davis - The Help
  2. Keira Knightley - A Dangerous Method
  3. Jessica Chastain - The Debt
  4. Kirsten Dunst - Melancholia
  5. Julianne Moore - Crazy, Stupid Love
  6. Emma Stone - The Help
  7. Emma Watson - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
  8. Elizabeth Olsen - Marth Marcy May Marlene
  9. Tilda Swinton- We Need to Talk About Kevin
  10. Olivia Colman - Tyrannosaur
  11. Melanie Laurent - Beginners
  12. Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
  13. Charlize Theron - Young Adult

Best Supporting Actor:
  1. Alan Rickman - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
  2. Ralph Fiennes - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
  3. John Hawkes - Martha Marcy May Marlene
  4. Michael Gambon - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
  5. Jeremy Irons - Margin Call
  6. Ryan Gosling - Crazy, Stupid Love
  7. James Nesbitt - The Way
  8. Philip Seymour Hoffman - Moneyball
  9. Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Ides of March
  10. Paul Giamatti - The Ides of March
  11. Matthew Lillard - The Descendants
  12. Albert Brooks - Drive
  13. Tom Hanks - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  14. John Hurt - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
  15. Warwick Davis - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
  16. Paul Bettany - Margin Call
  17. Bruce Greenwood - Meek's Cutoff
  18. Viggo Mortensen - A Dangerous Method
  19. Jonah Hill - Moneyball
  20. George Clooney - The Ides of March
  21. Bryan Cranston - Drive
  22. Patton Oswalt - Young Adult

Best Supporting Actress:
  1. Maggie Smith - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
  2. Jessica Chastain - The Help
  3. Bryce Dallas Howard - The Help
  4. Octavia Spencer - The Help
  5. Jessica Chastain - Take Shelter
  6. Jessica Chastain - Tree of Life
  7. Emma Stone - Crazy, Stupid Love
  8. Helena Bonham Carter - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
  9. Sandra Bullock - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  10. Judy Greer - The Descendants
  11. Berenice Bejo - The Artist
  12. Shailene Woodley - The Descendants
  13. Kate Winslet - Carnage

Best Actor/Actress Under 25:
  1. Thomas Horn - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  2. Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
  3. Ezra Miller - We Need to Talk About Kevin
  4. Emma Stone - The Help / Crazy, Stupid Love
  5. Shailene Woodley - The Descendants
  6. Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene
  7. Emma Watson - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
  8. Rupert Grint - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
  9. Elle Fanning - Super 8
  10. Chloe Grace Moretz - Hugo

Best Overall Year:
  1. Jessica Chastain (The Debt, The Help, Tree of Life, Take Shelter, Coriolanus)
  2. Michael Fassbender (A Dangerous Method, Shame, X-Men: First Class, Jane Eyre)
  3. Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March, Crazy Stupid Love, Drive)
  4. Brad Pitt (Moneyball, Tree of Life)
  5. George Clooney (The Descendants, The Ides of March)
  6. Paul Giamatti (The Ides of March, Win Win, Ironclad, Too Big to Fail, The Hangover Part II)
  7. Philip Seymour Hoffman (Moneyball, The Ides of March)
  8. John C. Reilly (Terri, Carnage, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Cedar Rapids)
  9. John Goodman (The Artist, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Red State)
  10. John Hurt (Harry Potter, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Melancholia, Immortals)
  11. Emma Stone (The Help, Crazy, Stupid Love)
  12. Bradley Cooper (Limitless, The Hangover Part II)
  13. David Thewlis (Harry Potter, War Horse, The Lady, London Boulevard, Anonymous)

Best Ensemble:
  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
  2. Margin Call
  3. Crazy, Stupid Love
  4. The Ides of March
  5. Meek's Cutoff
  6. The Help
  7. Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows
  8. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  9. The Hangover Part II
  10. Drive
  11. Bridesmaids

1 comment:

  1. w/r/t Julianne Moore in Crazy, Stupid Love, can she go one movie without cheating on her husband?

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