The 10 Best Film Performances of 2018

We continue our annual retrospective with a look at the top ten film performances of the past twelve months. Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments!

10. Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns)


Just squeezing into our list at the end of the year, Blunt’s take on P. L. Travers’ beloved nanny was a career highlight and versatile delight. Read our review here.

9. Joaquin Phoenix (You Were Never Really Here)


Some actors had to wrestle a lot of dialogue in 2018, others – like Phoenix – nailed their performances with hardly any. Read our review here.

8. Harry Dean Stanton (Lucky)


This was a swan song performance up there with the greatest. Dean Stanton will be a much missed screen presence and, in Lucky, he showed us why. Read our review here.

7. Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)


Casting Roma was a huge challenge for Cuarón. Who knew that his answer lay in the form of a twenty-four year old primary school teacher who had neither acted before nor even heard of the director? Sublime. Read our review here.

6. Rupert Everett (The Happy Prince)


This devastating, powerhouse performance from Everett, in the role of playwright Oscar Wilde, very nearly made our top five. His passion radiates from the screen and burned into our hearts. Read our review here.

5. Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)


McDormand won her second Academy Award for Three Billboards and, frankly, it would have been an outrage had Best Actress gone to anyone else at the ceremony. Read our review here.

4. Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Bohemian Rhapsody

We might have had a few problems with Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018 but we have no qualms in naming Malek’s spellbinding turn as Freddie Mercury one of its top five performance. Read our review here.

3. Glenn Close (The Wife)


Last year, Close was in the dreadful Father Figures. This year, she made up for it. In The Wife, the star used every facial muscle under her power to act like few others could have done. Read our review here.

2.  Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)


Oldman gave his all as Winston Churchill and delivered a career best performance therein. For the film’s hundred and twenty-five minute runtime, Oldman was Churchill. Read our review here.

1. Toni Colette (Hereditary)


2018 was Toni Colette’s year. Like the film itself, she stunned, shocked, terrified and amazed in Hereditary and earned her place atop our list with flying colours. Read our review here.

You can check out our list of the Top 10 Film Posters of 2018 here and our Top 10 Film Quotes here and Best Soundtracks here.



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