Friday, September 7, 2012

Memorable Performances From 2012 (So Far)


At the top of the pack is Matthew McConaughey for three brilliant performances: Killer Joe, Magic Mike and Bernie
 Denis Lavant - Holy Motors
Mohammed Fellag - Monsieur Lazhar
Jean-Louis Trintignant - Amour
Sean Penn - This Must Be The Place
Anders Danielsen Lie - Oslo, August 31st
Mads Mikkelsen - The Hunt
Mark Duplass - Your Sister's Sister
Tom Hardy - The Dark Knight Rises
Michael Caine - The Dark Knight Rises
Mark Ruffalo - The Avengers
Jack Black - Bernie
Thomas Haden Church - Killer Joe
Mikkel Folsgaard - A Royal Affair
Toby Jones - Berberian Sound Studio
Joel Edgerton - Wish You Were Here
Luis Tosar - Sleep Tight
Paul Dano - Ruby Sparks
Michael Fassbender - Prometheus
Chris O'Dowd - The Sapphires
Garret Hedlund - On The Road


Anna Paquin - Margaret
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
Anne Hathaway - The Dark Knight Rises
Sophie Nelisse - Monsieur Lazhar
Rosemarie DeWitt - Your Sister's Sister
Emily Blunt - Your Sister's Sister 
Shirley MaClaine - Bernie
 Saskia Rosendahl - Lore
Vanessa Paradis - Cafe De Flore
Gina Gershon - Killer Joe
Elizabeth Olsen - Liberal Arts
Quvenzhane Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild
Michelle Williams - Take This Waltz
Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games
Rachel Weisz - The Deep Blue Sea


  1. I dunno whether to count Margaret as a 2011 or 2012 release :/ Definitely loved Paquin in it.

    God there is so much I haven't seen. Presently my favourite performances are Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Fassy, Anna Paquin, Rachel Weisz, Anne Hathaway and Lizzy Caplan, Kirsten Dunst and Isla Fisher- all for Bachelorette.

    1. It is a 2011 releases in the U.S but it came out here just a few months back. Paquin is prob my favourite female performance of the year. She is incredible. Good choices. Have not seen Bachelorette, but I have heard about Dunst's performance. I believe she is excellent. I'll check it out if it hits cinemas.

  2. Yes to everything Killer Joe and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

    1. On a re-watch I was much less enthusiastic about BEASTS, but Wallis and Henry are excellent.

  3. I totally agree with Matthew McConaughey and Denis Lavant, great performances! Also, nice to see Garrett Hedlund there :D

    1. Yeah Hedlund was the best thing about ON THE ROAD. Most of the performances were pretty good, I thought. But he shined. Film...not so much :-p You've seen HOLY MOTORS Diana? Lavant is AMAZING. That's acting.

  4. Great list! Jennifer Lawrence was terrific in Hunger Games, wasn't she? I liked that performance almost as much as her role in Winter's Bone.

    1. I really like Jennifer Lawrence. So good in Winter's Bone and in THG she has created another strong heroine we wholeheartedly support.

  5. Hey man, I know I'm a little late here, but I just wanted to say that these are great lists. All my faves are here, along with plenty I need to see. I hope it's a good awards season!

    1. I'm not sure that many of these will figure in the end-of-year awards race, and a few of them are strong performances in average films, but it is rewarding to reflect on the year and pick out so many fine performances already.

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