Saturday, December 28, 2013

Best Performances of 2013


For me, watching a great performance in an average movie can be just as satisfying as watching an average performance in an otherwise great film.  Here are the ones who stood out to me in 2013.

Best Actor
  1. Hugh Jackman - Prisoners
  2. Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
  3. Ethan Hawke - Before Midnight
  4. Steve Coogan - Philomena   (The studio is seeking nominations for him in the supporting category, but I view it as a lead role.)
  5. Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips 
  6. Forest Whitaker - Lee Daniels' The Butler
  7. Idris Elba - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 
  8. Brad Pitt - World War Z
  9. Domhnall Gleeson - About Time
  10. James Gandolfini - Enough Said
  11. Mark Wahlberg - Pain & Gain 
  12. Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street 
Best Actress
  1. Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
  2. Meryl Streep - August: Osage County
  3. Judi Dench - Philomena
  4. Alison Brie - Short Term 12
  5. Julie Delpy - Before Midnight
  6. Julia Louis Dreyfus - Enough Said
  7. Rooney Mara - Side Effects
Best Supporting Actor
  1. Jake Gyllenhaal - Prisoners
  2. Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
  3. Bill Nighy - About Time
  4. Matthew McConaughey - The Wolf of Wall Street 
  5. Stanley Tucci - Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  6. Jonah Hill - The Wolf of Wall Street 
  7. Sam Rockwell - The Way Way Back  
  8. Woody Harrelson - Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  9. Tom Hanks - Saving Mr. Banks
  10. Russell Crowe - Broken City 
  11. Alexander Skarsgard - The East
  12. Tony Danza - Don Jon 
  13. James Franco - Spring Breakers 
  14. Jude Law - Side Effects
Best Supporting Actress
  1. Julia Roberts - August: Osage County
  2. Ellen Page - The East
  3. Elizabeth Banks - Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  4. Naomie Harris - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 
  5. Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle
  6. Margo Martindale - August: Osage County
Best Young(ish) Actor/Actress:
  1. Adele Exarchopoulos - Blue is the Warmest Color  (and not JUST because of the sex scenes.)
  2. Miles Teller - The Spectacular Now
  3. Chloe Grace Moretz - Kick-Ass 2
  4. Tye Sheridan - Mud 
  5. Shailene Woodley - The Spectacular Now
Best Acting Ensemble
  1. Star Trek Into Darkness
  2. August: Osage County
  3. Blue Jasmine
  4. 12 Years a Slave
  5. Now You See Me
  6. This is the End 
Funniest Performance in a Comedy:
  1. Jim Carrey - The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 
  2. Michael Cera - This is the End 
  3. Danny McBride - This is the End 
  4. Domhnall Gleeson - About Time
  5. Lake Bell - In a World ... 
  6. Aubrey Plaza - The To Do List  
Best Overall Year
  1. Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years a Slave, Star Trek Into Darkness, August: Osage County, The Fifth Estate, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
  2. Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street)
  3. Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back, A Single Shot, A Case of You)
  4. Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks)
  5. Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain, Broken City, Lone Survivor, 2 Guns)
  6. Lake Bell (In a World ... )
  7. James Franco (Spring Breakers, This is the End, Oz the Great and Powerful)
  8. Mark Strong (Blood, Welcome to the Punch, AMC's Low Winter Sun)
  9. Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now, 21 & Over)
  10. Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle, Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
  11. Kristen Bell (The Lifeguard, Some Girl(s), Stuck in Love, Frozen, Showtime's House of Lies)
  12. James McAvoy (Trance, Welcome to the Punch)
  13. Louis C.K. (Blue Jasmine, American Hustle)
  14. Brian Flieder (Good Day Orlando, Good Day Philadelphia) (Just seeing if anyone's reading)
  15. Dwayne Johnson (Pain & Gain, Snitch) (Some may feel I should also reference F&F6)
  16. Scarlett Johansson (Don Jon, Her)


  1. Your choices for the Acting catergories for Oscar will be McConaughey, Blanchett, Fassbender and Roberts. The guys from Prisoners won't get nominated unfortunately.
    Dwayne Johnson did have a good year but his best performance was headlining Wrestlemania 29 in April.
    Scar Jo for Her? Come on man, haha

    1. I'll be outraged when Jackman and Gyllenhaal from Prisoners get snubbed.

      Wrestlemania couldn't have been better than Pain & Gain. No way.

      Yeah, I added Scar Jo for Her only because I know so many people that loved it. Didn't really work on me as any better than average.

  2. I see you got your girl Kristen in there.

    1. Did I? Hadn't noticed ... Love her! And she had a pretty good year in the indie, mainstream, and cable TV markets!

  3. Looking forward to a couple of James McAvoy's films, Filth and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Neither has a US release date yet. Filth has already opened overseas and is getting some good reviews. Rigby premiered at Toronto last Sept. and has 2 of your favorites, Jessica C. and Jess W.