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Best Acting Performance By Year (1939-2016)

by Danny Bailey
Best Acting Performance By Year (1939-2016) by Danny Bailey
These opinions come from my perceptions of good acting and how it dominates the film. These roles truly stood out from others, and it doesn’t matter the amount of attention it got, as long as the acting was superb. This will start in 1939 as this is when film really evolved. I will update this sporadically if I see a performance that outdoes the current one listed below in that respected year 1939 Robert Donat – Goodbye Mr. Chips 1940 Judith Anderson – Rebecca 1941 Orson Welles – Citizen Kane 1942 Ronald Colman – Random Harvest 1943 Ingrid Bergman – Casablanca 1944 Claude Rains – Mr Skeffington 1945 James Dunn – A Tree Grows in… Read more

These opinions come from my perceptions of good acting and how it dominates the film. These roles truly stood out from others, and it doesn’t matter the amount of attention it got, as long as the acting was superb. This will start in 1939 as this is when film really evolved. I will update this sporadically if I see a performance that outdoes the current one listed below in that respected year

1939 Robert Donat – Goodbye Mr. Chips
1940 Judith Anderson – Rebecca
1941 Orson Welles – Citizen Kane
1942 Ronald Colman – Random Harvest
1943 Ingrid Bergman – Casablanca
1944 Claude Rains – Mr Skeffington
1945 James Dunn – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
1946 Marius Goring – A Matter of Life and Death
1947 Richard Widmark – Kiss of Death
1948 Laurence Olivier – Hamlet
1949 Ralph Richardson – The Heiress
1950 Gloria Swanson – Sunset Blvd
1951 Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire
1952 Shirley Booth – Come Back Little Sheba
1953 James Mason – Julius Caesar
1954 Judy Garland – A Star is Born
1955 Susan Hayward – I’ll Cry Tomorrow
1956 Eli Wallach – Baby Doll
1957 Giuletta Masina – Nights of Cabiria
1958 Susan Hayward – I Want to Live
1959 George C Scott – Anatomy of a Murder
1960 Renato Salvatori – Rocco And His Brothers
1961 Claudia McNeil – A Raisin in the Sun
1962 Jack Lemmon – Days of Wine and Roses
1963 Dirk Bogarde – The Servant
1964 Peter O’Toole – Becket
1965 Tom Courtenay – Doctor Zhivago
1966 Bibi Andersson – Persona
1967 Anne Bancroft – The Graduate
1968 Gene Wilder – The Producers
1969 Helmut Berger – The Damned
1970 Alan Bates – Women in Love
1971 Malcolm McDowell – A Clockwork Orange
1972 Laurence Olivier – Sleuth
1973 Max von Sydow – The Exorcist
1974 John Cazale – The Godfather Part II
1975 Jack Nicholson – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
1976 Peter Finch – Network
1977 Peter Firth – Equus
1978 Liv Ullmann – Autumn Sonata
1979 Peter Sellers – Being There
1980 Timothy Hutton – Ordinary People
1981 Ian Charleson – Chariots of Fire
1982 Jan Malmsjö – Fanny and Alexander
1983 Tom Courtenay – The Dresser
1984 F. Murray Abraham – Amadeus
1985 Norman Aleandro – The Official Story
1986 Michael Caine – Hannah and Her Sisters
1987 Richard E. Grant – Withnail and I
1988 Max von Sydow – Pelle The Conqueror
1989 Brenda Fricker – My Left Foot
1990 Joe Pesci – Goodfellas
1991 Anthony Hopkins – The Silence of the Lambs
1992 Joan Plowright – Enchanted April
1993 Holly Hunter – The Piano
1994 Nigel Hawthorne – The Madness of King George
1995 Jonathan Pryce – Carrington
1996 Brenda Blethyn – Secrets and Lies
1997 Billy Connolly – Mrs Brown
1998 John Goodman – The Big Lebowski
1999 Chris Cooper – American Beauty
2000 Ellen Burstyn – Requiem for a Dream
2001 Jim Broadbent – Iris
2002 Ed Harris – The Hours
2003 Charlize Theron – Monster
2004 Leonardo DiCaprio – The Aviator
2005 Bob Hoskins – Mrs Henderson Presents
2006 Judi Dench – Notes On a Scandal
2007 Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood
2008 Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler
2009 Mo’Nique – Precious
2010 Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
2011 Jean Dujardin – The Artist
2012 Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
2013 June Squibb – Nebraska
2014 J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
2015 Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
2016 Emma Stone – La La Land

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