Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Top 50 Performances of 2014: Part 2

Where will Birdman's Keaton and Norton show up?

Here are my top 25 favorite performances of last year. If you missed #26-50, check out Part 1 here. Again, I haven't seen films like Mommy, Leviathan, Winter Sleep, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and Miss Julie yet.

25. Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin

24. Agata Kulesza, Ida

23. Sienna Miller, American Sniper

22. Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

21. Mia Wasikowska, Only Lovers Left Alive

20. Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner

19. Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

18. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

17. Marine Vacth, Young & Beautiful

16. Edward Norton, Birdman

15. Isabelle Huppert, Abuse of Weakness

14. Oscar Isaac, A Most Violent Year

13. Michael Keaton, Birdman

12. Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant

11. Mia Wasikowska, Tracks

10. Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice

9. Keira Knightley, Laggies

8. Jack O'Connell, Starred Up

7. Tom Hardy, Locke

6. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Beyond the Lights

5. Jessica Chastain, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

4. Ben Mendelsohn, Starred Up

3. Brendan Gleeson, Calvary

2. Philip Seymour Hoffman, A Most Wanted Man

1. Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

18 comments:

  1. Cotillard at #1!!!!!

    So much love here, from Gleeson to Gugu to O'Connell to Mendelson to Fiennes!!! Lead Actress was really strong this year. I see a lot of performances that I haven't even seen yet (Huppert, Vacth, Chastain) and they ranked so high and two of them didn't even make your ballot.

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    1. Yay! Glad you love those awesome performances! Hope you check out the largely unnoticed work from Huppert and Vacth.

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  2. Love this picks. Good call on Huppert. I wasn't a fan of that film but she's great in it.

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    1. Thanks. Huppert was so good in that. I liked the film more than you did, though.

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  3. My list would be very different, but we have the same number 1 o/

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  4. Great post! Brendan Gleeson is a terrific choice.

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    1. Thanks! Oh, Gleeson was magnificent.

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  5. This makes me even more excited to see Two Days One Night. And I'm going to watch Laggies as soon as I get home today. Great picks!

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    1. Thanks! Cotillard and Knightley are wonderful in those films. I wish the latter had received more notice. Still, I guess I can't complain, since they both received Oscar nods. :)

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  6. Love Seeing Keira so high up. Last year she really became one of my fav actresses

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    1. So glad to hear that. I've always loved her work, which tends to be overlooked most of the time.

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  7. I like your 22, 21, 19,18, 16, 13, 11 and 2 pick.

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    1. Thrilled to know you're a fan of performances like Mia Wasikowska in Only Lovers Left Alive and Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man. They were criminally overlooked this past awards season.

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  8. Marion Cotillard can really do no wrong, so I'm not surprised to see her listed at number one. I really need to see this one.

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    1. Hope you like the film. Marion is incredible in it.

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  9. Yes! LOVE that you recognized Sienna Miller here. She was amazing in that film. Great call on Vacth, what confident work. Also thrilled that Chastain makes the Top 5. I’ll always love Eleanor Rigby.

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    1. Miller - now a 2-time CinSpec nominee - is so great in AS. I wish she could've received a surprise Oscar nod. Vacth and Huppert were SO GOOD. My Best Actress category was stacked. Chastain is amazing in Eleanor Rigby, which I really wanted to include in more categories at the CinSpecs.

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