Monday, February 10, 2014

Top 50 Performances of 2013: Part 1

Did any of American Hustle's great cast make the cut?

Here's my attempt at a fairly complete list. Last year was so great I could've done a top 100 if I'd seen a few more noteworthy performances. A reminder of some titles I haven't seen yet: The Past, Wadjda, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Child's Pose, Like Someone in Love, The Great Beauty, Beyond the Hills, Gloria, Kill Your Darlings, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, The Kings of Summer, Caesar Must Die, Simon Killer, What Maisie Knew, and Hannah Arendt.

50. Julianne Nicholson, August: Osage County

49. Domhnall Gleeson, About Time

48. Ben Foster, Ain't Them Bodies Saints

47. Amy Seimetz, Upstream Color

46. Javier Bardem, To the Wonder

45. Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

44. Robin Wright, Adore

43. Robert Redford, All is Lost

42. Thomas Bo Larsen, The Hunt

41. Carey Mulligan, Inside Llewyn Davis

40. Miles Teller, The Spectacular Now

39. Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave

38. Jude Law, Side Effects

37. Scarlett Johansson, Her

36. Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

35. Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station

34. Léa Seydoux, Blue is the Warmest Color

33. Olga Kurylenko, To the Wonder

32. Christian Bale, Out of the Furnace

31. Margot Robbie, The Wolf of Wall Street

30. Benedict Cumberbatch, The Fifth Estate

29. Brie Larson, Short Term 12

28. Bradley Cooper, The Place Beyond the Pines

27. Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis

26. Naomi Watts, Adore

Part 2 should be up tomorrow!


  1. YAY! I love these lists. Larson! Leto! Foster!

    1. Glad you love those picks! :) Putting these in order was a nightmare. I already want to change some of them.

  2. That is a nice list. It's going to take me some years to create something that is definitive. Maybe in 2019/2020 when I do make a list of the best films of that decade.

    1. Thanks man. I'm not sure I'll ever have a definitive list.

  3. Glad to see Hill on your list! There is so much undeserved hate for this guy. Robbie was amazing too, she really held her own.

    1. He was so close to making my supporting actor lineup. Glad I was able to mention him here. And Robbie was wonderful. I wish she had been nominated.

  4. Awesome list, man! I have decided to post a top 25 only though my shortlist is wayyy into 60s. Great year for performances.

    1. Thanks! :) Yeah, mine was in the 60s or 70s. Too many great performances!

  5. Awesome list Josh! I agree w/ a lot of the ones who've been getting a lot of buzz, like Johansson in Her, Margot Robbie, Nyong'O, etc. but so glad you included Julianne Nicholson from August: Osage County, she's so grossly overlooked!

    1. Thanks Ruth! Julianne Nicholson almost made my supporting actress lineup. She was great!