Best of 2018, Vol. VI: Film Performances

At long last! It’s been a labor of love compiling this list, and a joy to celebrate another incredible year of watching movies. As 2019 kicks off, here are my choices for the best film performances of 2018.

100. Liv Hill, The Little Stranger

99. Ben Mendelsohn, The Land Of Steady Habits

98. Edwin Thomas, The Happy Prince

97. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, A Wrinkle In Time

96. Ewan McGregor / Hayley Atwell, Christopher Robin

95. Bel Powley, Mary Shelley

94. Kiersey Clemons, Hearts Beat Loud

93. Dania Gurira / Lupita Nyong’o, Black Panther

92. Jennifer Ehle, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post / Vox Lux

91. Leslie Mann, Blockers

90. Hilary Swank, What They Had

89. Sharon Horgan / Jesse Plemons, Game Night

88. Mia Goth / Dakota Johnson / Tilda Swinton / Angela Winkler, Suspiria

87. Gina Rodriguez / Tessa Thompson, Annihilation

86. Candice Bergen, Book Club

85. Alba Caterina Rohrwacher, Happy As Lazzaro / Ismael’s Ghosts

84. Mila Kunis / Kate McKinnon, The Spy Who Dumped Me

83. Molly Ephraim / Hugh Jackman, The Front Runner

82. Julianne Nicholson / Emma Roberts, Who We Are Now

81. Marina De Tavira, ROMA

80. Ashlie Atkinson / John David Washington, BlackKlansman

79. Vera Farmiga, Boundaries / The Front Runner

78. Jessica Chastain, Woman Walks Ahead

77. Emma Thompson, The Children Act

76. Brady Jandreau, The Rider

75. Kristen Scott Thomas, The Party

74. Lily Rabe, Golden Exits / VICE

73. Julia Roberts, Ben Is Back

72. Jasmine Cephas Jones / Janina Gavanker, Blindspotting

71. Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker / Winchester

70. Imelda Staunton, Finding Your Feet

69. Charlie Plummer, Lean On Pete

68. Anne Hathaway, Ocean’s 8

67. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, All About Nina

66. Mary-Louise Parker, Golden Exits / Red Sparrow

65. Hugh Grant, Paddington 2

64. Michelle Williams, I Feel Pretty

63. Emily Mortimer, The Bookshop / The Party / Mary Poppins Returns

62. Sarah Adler / Tim Kalkhoff, The Cakemaker

61. Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy / Hot Summer Nights

60. Lily James, The Guernesy Literary And Potato Peel Society / Mamma Mia 2

59. Nora Hamzawi, Non-Fiction

58. Ben Whishaw, Mary Poppins Returns / Paddington 2

57. Daniela Vega, A Fantastic Woman

56. Millicent Simmonds, A Quiet Place

55. Rupert Friend / Andrea Risborough, The Death Of Stalin

54. Charlize Theron, Tully

53. Eva Melander, Border

52. Awkwafina, Crazy Rich Asians / Ocean’s 8

51. Rose Byrne, Instant Family / Juliet, Naked / Peter Rabbit

50. Raul Castillo, Unsane / We The Animals

49. Chloë Sevingy, Lean On Pete / Lizzie

48. Elsie Fisher / Josh Hamilton, Eighth Grade

47. Cynthia Erivo, Bad Times At The El Royale / Widows

46. Saoirse Ronan, Mary Queen Of Scots / On Chesil Beach / The Seagull

45. Natalie Portman, Annihilation / Vox Lux

44. Juliette Binoche, High Life / Let The Sunshine In / Non-Fiction

43. Rachel McAdams, Disobedience / Game Night

42. Toni Collette / Nat Wolff, Hereditary

41. Margot Robbie, Mary Queen Of Scots

40. Robert Pattinson, Damsel / High Life

39. Jake Gyllenhaal, The Sisters Brothers / Wildlife

38. Nicole Kidman, Boy Erased / Destroyer / How To Talk To Girls At Parties

37. Claire Foy, First Man / The Girl In The Spider’s Web / Unsane

36. Alessandro Nivola, Disobedience

35. Kathryn Hahn / Kayli Carter, Private Life

34. Jamie Chung, 1985

33. Bill Heck / Tyne Daly / Zoe Kazan, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs

32. Viggo Mortenson, Green Book

31. Mia Wasikowska, Damsel

30. Steven Yeun, Burning

29. Anna Kendrick / Blake Lively, A Simple Favor

28. Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

27. Pierre Deladonchamps / Vincent Lacoste, Sorry Angel

26. Laura Dern, The Tale

25. Florence Pugh, King Lear / The Outlaw King

24. Ben Foster / Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Leave No Trace

23. Joanna Kulig, Cold War

22. Ryan Gosling, First Man

21. Kelly MacDonald, Puzzle

20. Jason Clarke, Chappaquiddick / First Man / Winchester

19. Keira Knightley, Colette / The Nutcracker And The Four Realms

18. Elizabeth Debicki, The Tale / Widows

17. Elisabeth Moss, Her Smell / The Seagull

16. Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns / A Quiet Place

15. Melissa McCarthy / Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

14. Regina Hall / Haley Lu Richardson, Support The Girls

13. Viola Davis, Widows

12. Olivia Cooke / Anya Taylor-Joy, Thoroughbreds

11. Amy Adams / Christian Bale, VICE

10. Rachel Weisz, Disobedience / The Favourite

9. Nicholas Hoult / Emma Stone, The Favourite

8. Zhao Tao, Ash Is Purest White

7. Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Kindergarten Teacher

6. Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

5. Rosamund Pike, A Private War

4. Carey Mulligan, Wildlife

3. Olivia Colman, The Favourite

2. Sakura Ando, Shoplifters

1. Glenn Close, The Wife

xx

JB