There are far too many great performances this year that this list, however lengthy it may be, is insufficient to cover the entire field. Presenting the 33 best film performances of 2010, in no particular order.
Isabelle Huppert, White Material
Best Moment/s: At the bus.
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
Best Moment/s: When she is craving for her hug machine.
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Best Moment/s: Conversations with her mother and her son’s killer.
Do-Yeon Jeon, Secret Sunshine
Best Moment/s: When she finds out that God has “forgiven” her son’s murderer.
Loretta Devine, For Colored Girls
Best Moment/s: When she recited the poem about the man who walked off with all her stuff.
Paprika Steen, Applause
Best Moment/s: Scenes on stage.
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Best Moment/s: Confrontation with Dean at her father’s house.
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Best Moment/s: The final boxing match.
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Best Moment/s: When she finally found her father.
Marion Cotillard, Inception
Best Moment/s: When she died for the last time.
Halle Berry, Frankie & Alice
Best Moment/s: The first time she became Alice.
Kimberly Elise, For Colored Girls
Best Moment/s: While scrubbing her kids’ blood on the sidewalk.
Emma Stone, Easy A
Best Moment/s: Pocketful of Sunshine.
Aggeliki Papoulia, Dogtooth
Best Moment/s: Flashdance.
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Moment/s: When she transformed into the black swan.
Barbara Hershey, Black Swan
Best Moment/s: The final scene.
Anne Hathaway, Love & Other Drugs
Best Moment/s: Breakdown scene in her apartment.
Jeong Hie-Yun, Poetry
Best Scene/s: When his grandson was taken away by the police.
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Best Moment/s: “You’ve done some bad things, sweetie.”
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Best Moment/s: The opening dialogue with Erica and his retort against the lawyer’s “condescending” question.
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Best Moment/s: Every time he shows off his accent.
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Best Moment/s: Every time he stammers, which is practically all the time.
Ryan Reynolds, Buried
Best Moment/s: When he cut his finger and when he realized that he is dead meat.
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Best Moment/s: “You better lawyer up, asshole!”
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Best Moment/s: When he sings to Cindy.
Joaquin Phoenix, I’m Still Here
Best Moment/s: Everything! I can’t believe he pulled this off.
Leonardo Dicaprio, Shutter Island
Best Moment/s: When he finds out that his kids are dead.
Leonardo Dicaprio, Inception
Best Moment/s: When Mal jumped off the building.
Cillian Murphy, Inception
Best Moment/s: Final scene with his dad.
Hugh Dancy, Adam
Best Moment/s: Every awkward moment.
Aaron Eckhart, Rabbit Hole
Best Moment/s: Fight with Becca.
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Best Moment/s: The interview at the tail-end of the film.
James Franco, 127 Hours
Best Moment/s: The interview with his self.