Monday, February 16, 2015

Top 50 Performances of 2014: Part 1

Did co-stars Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo make the cut?

Here are some of my favorite performances from last year. I included one tie, so there are technically 52 performances listed. Note: I haven't seen films like Mommy, Leviathan, Winter Sleep, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and Miss Julie yet.

50. Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne, We Are the Best!

49. Michael Fassbender, Frank

48. Tessa Thompson, Dear White People

47. Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

46. Russell Crowe, Noah

45. Joaquin Phoenix, The Immigrant

44. Lindsay Duncan, Le Week-End

43. Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

42. Shia LaBeouf, Fury

41. Lisa Loven Kongsli, Force Majeure

40. Jeff Goldblum, Le Week-End

39. Tom Hardy, The Drop

38. Rose Byrne, Neighbors

37. Matthew McConaughey, Interstellar

36. Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

35. Andrea Suarez Paz, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

34. James McAvoy, Filth

33. Uma Thurman, Nymphomaniac

32. Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice

31. Emma Stone, Birdman

30. Keira Knightley, Begin Again

29. Bill Hader, The Skeleton Twins

28. Angeli Bayani, Ilo Ilo

27. Hilary Swank, The Homesman

26. Jude Law, Dom Hemingway

Part 2 should be up tomorrow!


  1. Glad to see Lisa Loven Kongsli here for Force Majeure! Also, I agree Keira Knightley was wonderful in Begin Again

  2. I love these posts! You have some great ones on here, and a few I haven't seen yet. Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler is my favorite.

    1. Thanks! Hope you find some new ones you like. Knew you'd love seeing Gyllenhaal on here. ;)

  3. Thurman! Stone! Crowe! McAvoy! Byrne! Thompson! LOVE the We Are the Best tie!

    I can't wait for you to see Mommy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Haha, I'll see it as soon as I can! Glad you like those picks man.

  4. You saw soooo many films that anyone who even made it to top 50 must have been amazing Josh :) I think Michael Fassbender was great in Frank though I'm not too overly fond of the film itself. Jake G in Nightcrawler is still fresh in my mind as I just saw it this weekend, it might've made my top 10 if I had seen it sooner!

    1. Haha, I think all of these are great performances. :) Glad you liked Fassbender and Gyllenhaal, who was also great in Enemy.

  5. Great stuff! Looks like I need to see Le Week-End. Loved what Duncan did in Birdman. And Goldblum… can’t go wrong there.

    1. Thanks again man! I loved Le Week-End. In a weaker year, I would've nominated Broadbent, Duncan and Goldblum, as well as the screenplay. It's a charming little movie. Goldblum stole it for me on a second look.