The 10 Best Performances of 2013 – A Fourth Opinion

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All the major awards shows give their acting awards based on the size of the role, the gender, and the stature of the actors who performed them. They also, although it’s not officially one of the rules, almost always go to “important” movies, i.e. one’s without The Rock. CraveOnline doesn’t make these distinctions, and this year, we’re making our own individual lists, and even though most actors on my Ten Best Performances of 2013 list come from independent or foreign films, it opens and closes with studio fare. Also, there is a lot of cocaine. It might be known as a helluva drug. Apparently, it makes helluva performances, too.

Honorable Mentions:

Cate Blanchett, in Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock, in Gravity

Pauline Burlet, The Past

Bradley Cooper & Louis CK, in American Hustle

Matt Damon, in Behind the Candelabra

Will Ferrell, in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

James Franco, in Spring Breakers

Nicole Kidman, in Stoker

Olga Kurylenko, in To the Wonder

Matthew McConaughey, in The Wolf of Wall Street

Sam Mendelsohn, in The Place Beyond the Pines

Ryan Gosling, in The Place Beyond the Pines

Simon Pegg, in The World’s End

June Squibb, in Nebraska

Alfre Woodard, in 12 Years a Slave



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