Friday, December 13, 2013

EOY List - Favourite Male/Female Performances of 2013

Male Performances

Male Performer of the Year: Bradley Cooper (The Hangover Part III aside)
Honourable Mentions (in no particular order): Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips, Leonardo DiCaprio - Django Unchained, Alexis Denisof - Much Ado About Nothing, Matthew McConaughey - Mud/The Paperboy, Zac Effron – The Paperboy, Tye Sheridan - Mud, Aaron Pedersen - Mystery Road, Simon Pegg - The World's End, Geoffrey Rush - The Best Offer, James Gandolfini - Enough Said, Jude Law - Side Effects, Gael Garcia Bernal – No, Dane DeHaan – The Place Beyond the Pines, George MacKay – For Those in Peril, Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook, Jake Johnson – Drinking Buddies, Bobby Cannavale – Blue Jasmine, Alexander Skarsgard – What Maisie Knew, Hugh Jackman – Prisoners, Miles Teller – The Spectacular Now, Keith Stanfield – Short Term 12, Chris Cooper – August: Osage County, Steve Coogan – Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Will Forte – Nebraska, Michael Douglas and Matt Damon – Behind the Candelabra, Colin Farrell - Saving Mr Banks.

15. Jason Clark - Zero Dark Thirty

14. Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

13. James Franco - Spring Breakers

12. Sam Rockwell - The Way Way Back

11. Michael B. Jordan - Fruitvale Station

10. Jake Gyllenhaal - Prisoners

9. Christian Bale – American Hustle

8. Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch - Prince Avalanche

7. Ethan Hawke - Before Midnight/Sinister

6. Bruce Dern - Nebraska

5. Denzel Washington - Flight

4. Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained

3. Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook/The Place Beyond the Pines/American Hustle

2. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender - 12 Years A Slave

1. Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips/Cloud Atlas/Saving Mr Banks

Female Performances

Female Performer of the Year: Jennifer Lawrence (duh!)
Honourable Mentions (In no particular order):  Shailene Woodley - The Spectacular Now, Olivia Wilde - Drinking Buddies, Amy Acker - Much Ado About Nothing, Rooney Mara – Side Effects, Vera Farmiga – The Conjuring, Juno Temple – Magic Magic, Onata Aprile – What Maisie Knew, Naomi Watts – The Impossible, Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur – Beyond the Hills, Julia Roberts – August: Osage County, Oprah Winfrey – The Butler, Melonie Diaz – Fruitvale Station, Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine, Mia Wasikowska, Stoker, Elizabeth Debicki – The Great Gatsby and June Squibb – Nebraska, Amy Adams – American Hustle, Emma Thompson - Saving Mr Banks.

15. Amy Seimetz - Upstream Color

14. Berenice Bejo - The Past

13. Suzanne Clément - Laurence Anyways

12. Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years A Slave

11. Lea Seydoux - Blue is the Warmest Color/Sister

10. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss - Enough Said

9. Greta Gerwig - Frances Ha

8. Sandra Bullock – Gravity/The Heat

7. Meryl Streep - August: Osage County

6. Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty

5. Brie Larson - Short Term 12

4. Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook/The Hunger Games: Catching Fire/American Hustle

3. Julie Delpy - Before Midnight

2. Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine

1. Adele Exarchopoulos - Blue is the Warmest Color

What are your favourite actors/performances of 2013? I still haven't seen Her, The Wolf of Wall Street and Inside Llewyn Davis, but their stars will have to wait for consideration next year. 


  1. You've reminded me of some great performances there !

    I haven't worked out a top 10 yet but the standout female performance for me was definitely Luminita Gheorghiu for Child's Pose with Paulina Garcia - Gloria, Juliette Binoche - Camille Claudel 1915, Lake Bell - In A World, Robin Wright - The Congress, Marion Cotillard - Rust & Bone all figuring along with several of your picks - Berenice Bejo/Julie Delpy/Greta Gerwig/Amy Seimetz. I haven't seen Blue Is The Warmest Colour unfortunately.

    On the male side, I'd definitely be adding Tony Servillo for The Great Beauty, Tom Schilling - Oh Boy, Bobby Sommer - Museum Hours, Thomas Schubert - Breathing but I'm not sure where I'd rank them amidst many of your picks. Still haven't seen Nebraska, American Hustle or 12 Years A Slave though.

    Andrew (@mreeyore)

  2. Fassbender is probably my favorite male performance of the year, and Exarchopoulos is easily my favorite female performance. Great list here.