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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