Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Top 50 Performances of 2015: Part 1

Brie Larson's Oscar-winning turn is the tip of the iceberg.

Last year boasted many amazing performances, and here are some of my favorites. I'm sure there will be a surprise or two on here, but that's part of the fun.

50. Jack O’Connell, ’71

49. Brie Larson, Room

48. Jason Statham, Spy

47. Michael Angarano, The Stanford Prison Experiment

46. Kyle Chandler, Carol

45. Greta Gerwig, Mistress America

44. Jesse Eisenberg, The End of the Tour

43. Ronald Zehrfeld, Phoenix

42. Rebecca Ferguson, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

41. Tom Hardy, The Revenant

40. Rose Byrne, Spy

39. Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria

38. Michael Keaton, Spotlight

37. Mia Wasikowska, Maps to the Stars

36. Laia Costa, Victoria

35. Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

34. Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

33. Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

32. Cate Blanchett, Truth

31. Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road

30. Oscar Isaac, Ex Machina

29. Carey Mulligan, Far from the Madding Crowd

28. Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

27. Ian McKellen, Mr. Holmes

26. Michael Caine, Youth

Part 2 should be up tomorrow.


  1. Replies
    1. Oh, Theron is wonderful. Love that she's your #1.

  2. Michael Angarano! I've seen most of the movies and I agree with every one of them. Glad you included Jesse Eisenberg too. End of the Tour was so underrated.

    1. Eisenberg is brilliant in The End of the Tour. I'd argue it's his best performance yet.

  3. Haven't seen a lot of these yet, but the ones I have are excellent. Can't wait to see the rest of the list.

  4. Is it bad my num 1 for last year is actually from a video game? XD

    1. That's an interesting choice. I wouldn't consider a video game performance eligible, but that's me.

  5. You know I still have a few to see (a lot to see), but Ruffalo, Byrne, Elba, Isaac, Statham, Hardy, Theron...YES, YES, YES!

    I also rewatched Room last night (not sure why I did that to myself) and Larson is stronger than I remember...and may actually sneak into my ballot...maybe...possibly...not sure yet but she moved me much more upon a second viewing.

    And Tremblay may be my winner now.


    1. Glad you love those picks, buddy! Though Larson is terrific in most of her scenes, her performance dips a bit in the second half of the film. I'd give her a strong 4/5, but she's close to a 4.5.

  6. I love how you have Jack O'Connell and Brie Larson near each other. They're the best actor and actress of their generation, respectively.

    1. I wouldn't go that far for Larson, but O'Connell is in the mix. His performance in Starred Up is phenomenal, and it was better than ANY of the Oscar-winning performances in the last two years.

    2. It was especially better than every performance that has won Best Actor this decade.

    3. Though I adore Jean Dujardin's performance in The Artist, I totally agree.

  7. So much gold here. Love that Laia Costa made the cut!