Top Ten Performances

Below are my Top Ten Film Performances from the silent era to the present. Because I haven’t seen enough silent films to make yearly top ten lists, I have lumped the entire period together. Also included is a top ten list of “early talkie” performances, using a somewhat arbitrary time span from 1927-1930. Beginning with 1931 I have included my top ten lists on a year-by-year basis.

In addition to the top ten lists, I have included three other categories: Runners-Up, for other top ten worthy performances that barely missed the cut; Other Worthwhile Performances, for lesser but still good performances; and Best Overlooked Performances, for forgotten or underappreciated performances that deserve more recognition.

In the spirit of equality, I have decided not to separate the guys and the gals into traditional “actor” and “actress” categories or to make a distinction between “Leading” and “Supporting” roles, meaning that brief but memorable parts like, say, Elsa Lanchester in Bride of Frankenstein or Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross are equally eligible for inclusion as, say, Gunter Lamprecht, who’s in just about every scene of the eighteen hour Berlin Alexanderplatz.

Recent additions:


Silent Films

1. Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc
2. Lon Chaney in The Unknown
3. Louis Brooks in Pandora’s Box
4. Max Schreck in Nosferatu
5. Lillian Gish in The Wind
6. Buster Keaton in The General
7. Nadia Sibirskaia in Menilmontant
8. Vera Baranovskaya in Mother
9. Mary Pickford in My Best Girl
10. Emil Jannings in The Last Command


Betty Amann in Asphalt
Albert Dieudonné in Napoleon
Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Buster Keaton in Our Hospitality
Buster Keaton in Sherlock Jr.
Buster Keaton in Seven Chances
Buster Keaton in Steamboat Bill Jr.
Buster Keaton in College
Gibson Gowland in Greed
Marion Davies in Show People
Florence Vidor in The Marriage Circle
Lillian Gish in Broken Blossoms
Florence Vidor in The Marriage Circle
ZaSu Pitts in Greed
Anna May Wong in Piccadilly
Conrad Veidt in The Last Performance
Colin Brook in Underworld
Charlie Chaplin in The Circus
Martha Mattox in The Cat and the Canary
Evelyn Brent in The Last Command
George Bancroft in The Docks of New York
Pola Negri in Barbed Wire
Gaby Morlay in The New Gentlemen
Harvey Clark in Get Your Man

Other Worthwhile Performances:

Emil Jannings in The Last Laugh and Variety, Wallace Beery in Beggars of Life, Adolphe Menjou in A Woman of Paris, Victor Seastrom in The Phantom Chariot, Charlie Chaplin in The Kid, Jackie Coogan in The Kid, Lionel Barrymore in Sadie Thompson, Gustav von Seyffertitz in Sparrows, Marie Dressler in Tillie’s Punctured Romance, Joan Crawford in The Unknown and Our Dancing Daughters, Anita Page in Our Dancing Daughters, Edna Purviance in A Woman of Paris Louise Brooks in Beggars of Life, Irene Rich in Lady Windemere’s Fan, Clara Bow in It, Betty Compson in Docks of New York, Marie Prevost in The Marriage Circle, Charles “Buddy” Rogers in My Best Girl, Janet Gaynor in Street Angel, Marion Mack in The General, Anna Sten in The Girl with the Hat Box, Marion Davies in The Red Mill, Janet Gaynor in Sunrise, Evelyn Brent in Underworld, Joan Crawford in Spring Fever, William Haines in Spring Fever, Jean Hersholt in The Prince of Old Heidelberg, Édith Jéhanne in The Love of Jeanne Ney, Vera Baranovskaya in The End of St. Petersburg, Marion Davies in The Fair Co-Ed, Marion Davies in The Patsy, William Powell in The Last Command, Betty Compson in The Docks of New York, Emily Fitzroy in The Bat, Uno Hemming in A Cottage on Dartmoor, Vera Maretskaya in The House on Trubnaya Square, Lillian Gish in Annie Laurie, John George in The Unknown, Gary Cooper in Wings, Clara Bow in Get Your Man, Lon Chaney in Laugh, Girl, Laugh

Special Mention: Brigitte Helm in Metropolis, because her “expressionistic” acting is so hilariously OTT as the evil robot Maria.

Best Overlooked Performances: Marion Davies in Show People, Nadia Sibirskaia in Menilmontant

Early Talkies

1. Wallace Berry in The Big House
2. Helen Morgan in Applause
3. Fredrick March in The Royal Family of Broadway
4. Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel
5. George Arliss in Disraeli
6. Emil Jannings in The Blue Angel
7. Ronald Colman in The Devil to Pay
8. Fritz Kampers in Westfront 1918
9. Charlotte Greenwood in So Long Letty
10. Marion Davies in The Floradora Girl


Barbara Stanwyck in Ladies of Leisure
The Marx brothers in Animal Crackers
Kay Johnson in Madame Satan

Other worthwhile performances: Evelyn Brent in The Silver Horde, Lya Lys in L’âge d’or, Lillian Roth in Madame Satan

Best Overlooked Performances: Helen Morgan in Applause



1. Peter Lorre in M
2. James Cagney in Public Enemy
3. Mae Clarke in Waterloo Bridge
4. Charlie Chaplin in City Lights
5. Boris Karloff in Frankenstein
6. Robert Williams in Platinum Blonde
7. Michel Simon in La Chienne
8. Jean Harlow in Platinum Blonde
9. Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar
10. Adolphe Menjou in The Front Page


Helen Chandler in The Last Flight
Edward Everett Horton in Lonely Wives
Maude Eburne in Lonely Wives
Edward G. Robinson in Five Star Final
Barbara Stanwyck in Night Nurse
The Marx Brothers in Monkey Business
Bela Lugosi in Dracula
John Barrymore in The Mad Genius
John Barrymore in Svengali
Raimu in Marius
Miriam Hopkins in The Smiling Lieutenant
Miriam Hopkins in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Anna Sten in The Murderer Dimitri Karamazov

Other worthwhile performances: Sylvia Sidney in Street Scene, Wallace Beery in The Champ, Barbara Stanwyck in The Miracle Woman, Maurice Chevalier in The Smiling Lieutenant, Sylvia Sidney in City Streets, Lionel Barrymore in Guilty Hands, Dorothea Wieck in Mädchen in Uniform, Alice White in The Naughty Flirt, Fritz Kortner in The Murderer Dimitri Karamazov, Fritz Rasp in The Murderer Dimitri Karamazov, Sylvia Sidney in An American Tragedy, Charlotte Greenwood in Flying High, Spencer Charters in Lonely Wives, Leo Carrillo in The Guilty Generation, Charlotte Greenwood in Stepping Out, Ernest Torrance in Sporting Blood, John Gilbert in The Phantom of Paris

Special Mention: Bert Lahr in Flying High. It’s tempting to say his performance is indescribably bizarre, but it’s actually easily described: it’s like watching him play The Cowardly Lion without the costume. So, in short, the performance is simply bizarre.

Best Overlooked Performances: Robert Williams in Platinum Blonde

1. Paul Muni in Scarface
2. Paul Muni in I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
3. William Powell in Jewel Robbery
4. Jean Harlow in Red Dust
5. Charles Laughton in Island of Lost Souls
6. Kay Francis in Jewel Robbery
7. Maurice Chevalier in One Hour with You
8. Jean Harlow in Red- Headed Woman
9. Miriam Hopkins in Trouble in Paradise
10. John Gilbert in Downstairs


Karen Morley in The Phantom of Crestwood
Michel Simon in Boudu Saved from Drowning
Stuart Erwin in Make Me a Star
Nancy Carroll in Hot Saturday
Constance Bennett in What Price Hollywood?
Fredric March in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Walter Huston in Beast of the City
Kay Francis in Trouble in Paradise
Herbert Marshall in Trouble in Paradise
Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus
Joan Blondell in Make Me a Star
Charles Vanel in Wooden Crosses
Warren William in Skyscraper Souls
Edward G. Robinson in Silver Dollar
John Barrymore in Arsène Lupin

Other worthwhile performances: Joan Blondell in The Greek Had a Word for Them, Ina Claire in The Greeks Had a Word for Them, Leslie Howard in The Animal Kingdom, Carole Lombard in Virtue, Mayo Methot in Virtue, Edna May Oliver in Penguin Pool Murder, Lee Tracy in Blessed Event, Ruth Donnelly in Blessed Event, Ruth Chatterton in Frisco Jenny, Spencer Tracy in Me and My Gal, Paul Lukas in Downstairs, Walter Huston in Rain, Walter Huston American Madness, Walter Huston in Law and Order, Marie Dressler in Emma, Aline MacMahon in Silver Dollar, Clara Bow in Call Her Savage, Henry Stephenson in Guilty as Hell, Cedric Hardwicke in Rome Express, Conrad Veidt in Rome Express

Best Overlooked Performances: Walter Huston in Beast of the City

1. Miriam Hopkins in The Story of Temple Drake
2. Charles Laughton in The Private Life of Henry V111
3. Jean Harlow in Dinner at Eight
4. Greta Garbo in Queen Christina
5. Jean Harlow in Bombshell
6. Francis Dee in Blood Money
7. John Barrymore in Counselor-at-Law
8. Lee Tracy in Bombshell
9. Mae Clarke in Lady Killer
10. Barbara Stanwyck in The Bitter Tea of General Yen


Mae West in I’m No Angel
Pert Kelton in Bed of Roses
Marie Dressler in Dinner at Eight
George Bancroft in Blood Money
Loretta Young in Midnight Mary
Ruth Chatterton in Female

Other worthwhile performances: Joan Blondell in Footlight Parade, Edward G. Robinson in The Little Giant, Lionel Atwill in Murders in the Zoo, Billie Burke in Dinner at Eight, Judith Anderson in Blood Money, Myna Loy in The Prizefighter and the Lady, James Cagney in Picture Snatcher, Ricardo Cortez in Midnight Mary, Feodor Chaliapin in Don Quixote, Ann Harding in Unholy Partners, John Barrymore in Topaze, Sumiko Kurishima in Every-Night Dreams

Best Overlooked Performances: Francis Dee in Blood Money


1. Betty Davis in Of Human Bondage
2. William Powell in The Thin Man
3. W.C. Fields in It’s a Gift
4. Myrna Loy in The Thin Man
5. Lingyu Ruan in The Goddess
6. Leslie Howard in Of Human Bondage
7. John Barrymore in Twentieth Century
8. Harry Baur in Les Miserables
9. Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night
10. Marlene Dietrich in The Scarlet Empress


Clark Gable in It Happened One Night
Eric Rhodes in The Gay Divorcee
Margaret Sullavan in Little Man, What Now?
Sam Jaffe in The Scarlet Empress
Kathleen Howard in It’s a Gift

Other worthwhile performances: Maurice Chevalier in The Merry Widow, Alan Hale in Little Man, What Now?, Peter Lorre in The Man Who Knew Too Much, Wallace Beery in Viva Villa!, Boris Karloff in The Black Cat, Bela Lugosi in The Black Cat, Aline MacMahon in Heat Lightning, Edna May Oliver in Murder on the Blackboard, Jack Hulbert in Bulldog Jack, Robert Montgomery in The Mysterious Mr. X, Jessie Matthews in Evergreen, Ferdinand Gottschalk in King Kelly of the U.S.A.

Best Overlooked Performances: Eric Rhodes in The Gay Divorcee

1. Katherine Hepburn in Alice Adams
2. Boris Karloff in Bride of Frankenstein
3. Elsa Lanchester in Bride of Frankenstein
4. Edward G. Robinson in The Whole Town’s Talking
5. Leslie Howard in The Scarlet Pimpernel
6. W.C. Fields in The Man on the Flying Trapeze
7. Ernest Thesiger in Bride of Frankenstein
8. Ronald Colman in A Tale of Two Cities
9. Charles Laughton in Mutiny on the Bounty
10. Robert Donat in The 39 Steps


Peter Lorre in Mad Love
Charles Laughton in Les Miserables
Frank Morgan in The Good Fairy
Margaret Sullavan in The Good Fairy
Basil Rathbone in David Copperfield
Edna May Oliver in David Copperfield

Other worthwhile performances: Jean Arthur in The Whole Town’s Talking, Jean Arthur in If Only You Could Cook, Spencer Tracy in Dante’s Inferno, Edward Arnold in Crime and Punishment, Boris Karloff in Black Room, Claire Trevor in Black Sheep, Bette Davis in The Girl from 10 Avenue, Thurston Hall in Hooray for Love, Pert Kelton in Hooray for Love, Maurice Chevalier in Folies Bergère de Paris

Special Mention: Joe E. Brown in Alibi Ike because of his preposterous pitching delivery, which makes Luis Tiant’s wind-up look like a model of normality.

Best Overlooked Performances: Edward G. Robinson in The Whole Town’s Talking

1. Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times
2. Paulette Godard in Modern Times
3. Bonita Granville in These Three
4. Rosalind Russell in Craig’s Wife
5. Walter Huston in Dodsworth
6. William Powell in My Man Godfrey
7. Isuzu Yamada in Sisters of the Gion
8. Jules Berry in The Crime of Monsieur Lange
9. Marlene Dietrich in Desire
10. Paul Robeson in Show Boat


Irving Pichel in Dracula’s Daughter
Sacha Guitry in The Story of a Cheat
Isuzu Yamada in Osaka Elegy
Ginger Rogers in Swing Time
Carol Lombard in My Man Godfrey
Jean Harlow in Libeled Lady
Katherine Hepburn in Sylvia Scarlet
Helen Morgan in Show Boat
Ruth Chatterton in Dodsworth
Charles Laughton in Rembrandt
Elsa Lanchester in Rembrandt
Eugene Pallette in My Man Godfrey
Henry Daniell in Camille

Other worthwhile performances: Raimu in Cesar, Inga Tidblad in Intermezzo, Ralph Richardson in The Man Who Could Work Miracles, Roland Young in The Man Who Could Work Miracles, Warner Baxter in The Prisoner of Shark Island, John Carradine in The Prisoner of Shark Island, Victor Moore in Swing Time, Helen Broderick in Swing Time, Eric Blore in Swing Time, Merle Oberon in These Three, Miriam Hopkins in These Three, Donald Crisp in A Woman Rebels, Florelle in The Crime of Monsieur Lange, Gary Cooper in Desire, Lionel Barrymore in The Devil-Doll, Yôko Umemura in Sisters of the Gion,

Best Overlooked Performances: Rosalind Russell in Craig’s Wife


1. Jean Gabin in Pepe le Moko
2. Carol Lombard in Nothing Sacred
3. Beulah Bondi in Make Way for Tomorrow
4. Jean Gabin in La Grande Illusion
5. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in The Prisoner of Zenda
6. Irene Dunne in The Awful Truth
7. Katherine Hepburn in Stage Door
8. Ginger Rogers in Stage Door
9. Fredrick March in A Star is Born
10. Erich von Stroheim in La Grande Illusion


Kay Francis in Confession
Cary Grant in The Awful Truth
Jean Arthur in History is Made at Night
Sylvia Sidney in You Only Live Once
Victor Moore in Make Way for Tomorrow
Constance Bennett in Topper
Roland Young in Topper
Will Hay in Oh, Mr. Porter!
Moore Marriott in Oh, Mr. Porter!

Other worthwhile performances: Edward Ciannelli in Marked Woman, Francis L. Sullivan in Non-Stop New York, Robert Montgomery in Night Must Fall, Cary Grant in Topper, Jean Arthur in Easy Living, Janet Gaynor in A Star is Born, Lionel Stander in A Star is Born, Fredrick March in Nothing Sacred, Michel Simon in Bizarre, Bizarre, Louis Jouvet in Bizarre, Bizarre, Françoise Rosay in Bizarre, Bizarre, Eve Arden in Stage Door, Graham Moffatt in Oh, Mr. Porter!, Claude Rains in Stolen Holiday, Leslie Howard in It’s Love I’m After, Bette Davis in It’s Love I’m After, Eric Blore in It’s Love I’m After

Best Overlooked Performances: Edward Ciannelli in Marked Woman


1. Raimu in The Baker’s Wife
2. Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby
3. Katherine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby
4. Leslie Howard in Pygmalion
5. Wendy Hiller in Pygmalion
6. Claude Rains in The Adventures of Robin Hood
7. Charles Laughton in The Beachcomber
8. Basil Rathbone in The Adventures of Robin Hood
9. Elsa Lanchester in The Beachcomber
10. James Cagney in Angels with Dirty Faces


Jean Gabin in Port of Shadows
Bette Davis in Jezebel
Ernest Thesiger in They Drive by Night

Other worthwhile performances: Edward Everett Horton in Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife, Ginger Rogers in Vivacious Lady, Basil Rathbone in If I Were King, Roland Young in Topper Takes a Trip, Billie Burke in Topper Takes a Trip, Constance Bennett in Topper Takes a Trip, Danielle Darrieux in The Rage of Paris, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in The Rage of Paris, Helen Broderick in The Rage of Paris, Louis Hayward in The Saint in New York

Best Overlooked Performances: Wendy Hiller in Pygmalion

1. Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind
2. Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz
3. Ronald Donat in Goodbye, Mr. Chips
4. Claire Trevor in Stagecoach
5. James Stewart in Destry Rides Again
6. Bert Lahr in The Wizard of Oz
7. Thomas Mitchell in Stagecoach
8. Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz
9. Frank Morgan in The Wizard of Oz
10. Cary Grant in Only Angels Have Wings


Ralph Richardson in Q Planes
Marlene Dietrich in Destry Rides Again
Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind
James Cagney in The Roaring Twenties
Joan Crawford in The Women
Jean Arthur in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Brian Donlevy in Destry Rides Again and Union Pacific and Beau Geste
Jean Gabin in Le Jour se Leve
Basil Rathbone in The Hound of the Baskervilles
Hattie McDaniel in Gone With the Wind
Claudette Colbert in Midnight

Other worthwhile performances: Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Rosalind Russell in The Women, Claude Rains in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Michael Redgrave in The Stars Look Down, Louis Hayward in The Man in the Iron Mask, Joseph Schildkraut in The Man in the Iron Mask, Henry Fonda in Young Mr. Lincoln, Thomas Mitchell in Only Angels Have Wings, Butterfly McQueen in Gone With the Wind, Gale Sondergaard in The Cat and the Canary, John Barrymore in Midnight, Don ‘Red’ Barry in Wyoming Outlaw, Donald MacBride in The Great Man Votes, Valerie Hobson in Q Planes, Lawrence Olivier in Q Planes, George Sanders in The Saint Strikes Back

Best Overlooked Performances: Claire Trevor in Stagecoach

1. Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday
2. Cary Grant in His Girl Friday
3. James Stewart in The Shop Around the Corner
4. James Stephenson in The Letter
5. Anton Walbrook in Gaslight
6. Margaret Sullavan in The Shop Around the Corner
7. Henry Fonda in The Grapes of Wrath
8. Frank Morgan in The Shop Around the Corner
9. Judith Anderson in Rebecca
10. Diana Wynyard in Gaslight


Joseph Schildkraut in The Shop Around the Corner
Joan Fontaine in Rebecca
Lawrence Olivier in Pride and Prejudice
Vivian Leigh in Waterloo Bridge
Walter Brennan in The Westerner
Edna May Oliver in Pride and Prejudice

Other worthwhile performances: Ann Southern in Brother Orchid, Raymond Massey in Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Edward G. Robinson in Dr. Erlich’s Magic Bullet, Lawrence Olivier in Rebecca, George Sanders in Rebecca, Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator, Albert Dekker in Dr. Cyclops, Boris Karloff in Before I Hang, Greer Garson in Pride and Prejudice, Oskar Homolka in The Invisible Woman

Best Overlooked Performances: James Stephenson in The Letter, Diana Wynyard in Gaslight

1. Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon
2. Sidney Greenstreet in The Maltese Falson
3. Peter Lorre in The Maltese Falcon
4. Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve
5. Bette Davis in The Little Foxes
6. Barbara Stanwyck in Ball of Fire
7. Peter Lorre in The Face Behind the Mask
8. Orson Welles in Citizen Kane
9. Joseph Cotton in Citizen Kane
10. Gary Cooper in Ball of Fire


Other worthwhile performances: Laird Cregar in I Wake Up Screaming, Cary Grant in Suspicion, Simone Simon in The Devil and Daniel Webster, Mary Astor in The Great Lie, Walter Huston in The Devil and Daniel Webster, Chester Morris in Meet Boston Blackie, Lloyd Corrigan in Confessions of Boston Blackie, Edgar Buchanan in Texas

Best Overlooked Performances: Gary Cooper in Ball of Fire

1. Agnes Moorehead in The Magnificent Ambersons
2. Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca
3. James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy
4. Jack Benny in To Be or Not to Be
5. Carole Lombard in To Be or Not to Be
6. Errol Flynn in Gentleman Jim
7. Alexis Smith in Gentleman Jim
8. Sidney Greenstreet in Casablanca
9. William Bendix in The Glass Key
10. Tim Holt in The Magnificent Ambersons


Peter Lorre in Casablanca
Joseph Cotton in The Magnificent Ambersons
Spencer Tracy in Woman of the Year
Katherine Hepburn in Woman of the Year
Jean Arthur in The Talk of the Town
Veronica Lake in Sullivan’s Travels
Ginger Rogers in Roxie Hart
Edward G. Robinson in Larceny, Inc
Otto Kruger in Saboteur

Other worthwhile performances: Veronica Lake in I Married a Witch, Robert Dudley in Palm Beach Story, Sig Arno in Palm Beach Story, Rudy Vallee in Palm Beach Story, Sig Rumann in To Be or Not to Be, George Sanders in The Moon and Sixpence, Jack Carson in Larceny, Inc, Broderick Crawford in Larceny Inc., J. Carrol Naish in Dr. Renault’s Secret, Frank Morgan in The Vanishing Virginian

Best Overlooked Performances: Alexis Smith in Gentleman Jim

1. Joseph Cotton in Shadow of a Doubt
2. Beatrice Lillie in On Approval
3. Roger Livesy in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
4. Deborah Kerr in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
5. Jean Arthur in The More the Merrier
6. Charles Coburn in The More the Merrier
7. Kim Hunter in The Seventh Victim
8. Hume Cronyn in Shadow of a Doubt
9. J. Carrol Naish in Sahara
10. Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson in The Meanest Man in the World


Rex Ingram in Sahara
Frank Conroy in The Ox-Bow Incident
Jane Darwell in The Ox-Bow Incident

Other worthwhile performances: Jack Benny in The Meanest Man in the World, Frank Morgan in A Stranger in Town, Richard Dix in Ghost Ship, George Zucco in The Mad Ghoul

Best Overlooked Performances: Beatrice Lillie in On Approval

1. Clifton Webb in Laura
2. Barbara Stanwyck in Double indemnity
3. Charles Laughton in The Suspect
4. Charles Boyer in Gaslight
5. Rosalind Ivan in The Suspect
6. Edward G. Robinson in Double Indemnity
7. Stig Jarrel in Torment
8. Ella Raines in The Suspect
9. Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not
10. Laird Cregar in The Lodger


Tallulah Bankhead in Lifeboat
George Slesak in Lifeboat
Edward G. Robinson in The Woman in the Window
Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity
Walter Brennan in To Have and Have Not
Louise Allbritton in San Diego, I Love You
Buster Keaton in San Diego, I Love You

Other worthwhile performances: Henry Danielle in The Suspect, Dan Duryea in Scarlet Street, Agnes Morehead in Jane Eyre, Henry Danielle in Jane Eyre, Zachary Scott in The Mask of Dimitrios, Ann Carter in The Curse of the Cat People, Basil Rathbone in The Scarlet Claw, Nigel Bruce in The Scarlet Claw, Joan Bennett in The Woman in the Window, Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not, Dick Powell in Murder, My Sweet, Elizabeth Russell in The Curse of the Cat People
Best Overlooked Performances: Rosalind Ivan in The Suspect

1. Boris Karloff in The Body Snatcher
2. Joan Bennett in Scarlet Street
3. Edward G. Robinson in Scarlet Street
4. Aldo Fabrizi in Open City
5. Henry Danielle in The Body Snatcher
6. Laird Cregar in Hangover Square
7. Margaret Rutherford in Blithe Spirit
8. Errol Flynn in Objective Burma
9. Gene Tierney in Leave Her to Heaven
10. Maria Cesare in Les Dames de Boulogne


Anna Magnani in Open City
Linda Darnell in Hangover Square
Michael Redgrave in Dead of Night

Other worthwhile performances: Ella Raines in The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry, Lawrence Tierney in Dilinger, Reginald Gardiner in Molly and Me

Best Overlooked Performances: Boris Karloff in The Body Snatcher

1. James Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life
2. Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep
3. Henry Fonda in My Darling Clementine
4. Claude Rains in Deception
5. Ingrid Bergman in Notorious
6. Claude Rains in Notorious
7. Lorraine Day in The Locket
8. Dorothy McGuire in The Spiral Staircase
9. Walter Brennan in My Darling Clementine
10. Jean Gillie in Decoy


Bette Davis in Deception
Cary Grant in Notorious
Jean Simmons in Great Expectations
Lionel Barrymore in It’s a Wonderful Life
Josette Day in Beauty and the Beast
Victor Mature in My Darling Clementine
Dana Andrews in The Best Years of Our Lives,
Myna Loy in The Best Years of Our Lives
Fredrick March in The Best Years of Our Lives
Bernard Miles in Great Expectations
Francis L. Sullivan in Great Expectations
Martita Hunt in Great Expectations

Other worthwhile performances: Sidney Greenstreet in The Verdict, Peter Lorre in The Verdict, Alastair Sim in Green for Danger, Olivia de Havilland in The Dark Mirror, Ethel Barrymore in The Spiral Staircase, Dan Duryea in Black Angel, Boris Karloff in Bedlam, Anna Lee in Bedlam, Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep, Martha Vickers in The Big Sleep, Charles Waldron in The Big Sleep, Elisha Cook, Jr. in The Big Sleep, Ida Lupino in The Man I Love, Peter Lorre in The Beast with Five Fingers, Richard Haydn in Cluny Brown, Rita Hayworth in Gilda, George Sanders in A Scandal in Paris, Linda Darnell in My Darling Clementine, Finley Currie in Great Expectations, Alec Guinness in Great Expectations, Pat O’Brien in Crack-Up, Steve Cochran in The Chase, Peter Lorre in The Chase

Best Unheralded Performance: Jean Gillie in Decoy

1. Deborah Kerr in Black Narcissus
2. Robert Ryan in Crossfire
3. Louis Jouvet in Quai Des Orfevres
4. Richard Attenborough in Brighton Rock
5. Charlie Chaplin in Monsieur Verdoux
6. Hume Cronyn in Brute Force
7. Martha Raye in Monsieur Verdoux
8. Claude Rains in The Unsuspected
9. Audrey Totter in The Unsuspected
10. Richard Widmark in Kiss of Death


George Sanders in Forever Amber
Kathleen Byron in Black Narcissus
Cedric Hardwicke in Nicholas Nickelby
Jean Simmons in Great Expectations
Martita Hunt in Great Expectations
Robert Mitchum in Pursued
Van Heflin in Possessed
Chôko Iida in The Record of a Tenement Gentleman

Other worthwhile performances: Michel Simon in Panique, Donald Crisp in Ramrod, Veronica Lake in Ramrod, Judith Anderson in Pursued, Dean Jagger in Pursued, John Garfield in Body and Soul, Francis L. Sullivan in Great Expectations, Valerie Hobson in Great Expectations, Edward G. Robinson in The Red House, Henry Daniell in The Exile, Boris Karloff in Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome, Joan Crawford in Possessed, Gregory Peck in The Macomber Affair, Robert Preston in The Macomber Affair, Joan Bennett in The Macomber Affair, Googie Withers in It Always Rains on Sunday, Una O’Connor in Ivy, Joan Fontaine in Ivy

Best Overlooked Performances: Audrey Totter in The Unsuspected

1. Robert Newton in Oliver Twist
2. Walter Huston in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
3. James Stewart in Call Northside 777
4. Joan Fontaine in Letter from Another Women
5. John Wayne in Red River
6. Sonia Dresdel in The Fallen Idol
7. Rex Harrison in Unfaithfully Yours
8. Clifton Webb in Sitting Pretty
9. Ralph Richardson in The Fallen Idol
10. Charles Laughton in The Big Clock


Leo Gorcey in So This is New York
Bill Goodwin in So This is New York
John Garfield in Force of Evil
Montgomery Clift in Red River
Alec Guinness in Oliver Twist
Anton Wolbrook in The Red Shoes
Barbara Stanwyck in Sorry, Wrong Number
Paul Henreid in Hollow Triumph
Ray Milland in The Big Clock

Other worthwhile performances: Dirk Bogarde in Quartet, Henry Fonda in Fort Apache, Richard Basehart in He Walked by Night, Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Richard Widmark in The Street with No Name, John Booth in The Woman in White, Roy Barcroft in Far Frontier, Dick Powell in Station West, Henry Morgan in So This is New York, Rudy Vallee in So This is New York

Best Overlooked Performances: Sonia Dresdel in The Fallen Idol, John Booth in The Woman in White

1. Dennis Price in Kind Hearts and Coronets
2. Alec Guiness in Kind Hearts and Coronets
3. James Cagney in White Heat
4. Margaret Wycherly in White Heat
5. Olivia de Havilland in The Heiress
6. Paul Douglas in A Letter to Three Wives
7. Peggy Cummins in Gun Crazy
8. Judy Holliday in Adam’s Rib
9. Trevor Howard in The Third Man
10. Montgomery Clift in The Heiress


Robert Newton in The Hidden Room
Joseph Cotton in The Third Man
Orson Welles in The Third Man
Virginia Mayo in White Heat
Joan Bennett in The Reckless Moment
Paul Douglas in Everybody Does It
Anton Walbrook in The Queen of Spades
Edith Evans in The Queen of Spades
Robert Ryan in The Set-Up
Spencer Tracy in Adam’s Rib
Katherine Hepburn in Adam’s Rib
Joan Greenwood in Kind Heart and Coronets
Linda Darnell in A Letter to Three Wives
Ann Southern in A Letter to Three Wives
John Dall in Gun Crazy
Valerie Hobson in The Rocking Horse Winner
Joan Bennett in The Reckless Moment
Ralph Richardson in The Heiress

Other worthwhile performances: Edward G. Robinson in House of Strangers, Spencer Tracy in Edward, My Son, Howard Da Silva in Border Incident and They Live by Night Juano Hernandez in Intruder in the Dust, Van Heflin in Madame Bovary, Robert Ryan in Caught, Sidney Greenstreet in Flamingo Road, Jennifer Jones in Madame Bovary, Louis Calhern in The Red Pony, Angelo Moss in Reign of Terror, Lee J. Cobb in Thieves’ Highway, Celeste Holm in Everybody Does It, Bernard Lee in The Third Man, Alida Valli in The Third Man, Ernst Deutsch in The Third Man, Erich Ponto in The Third Man, Phil Brown in The Hidden Room, Naunton Wayne in The Hidden Room

Best Overlooked Performances: Margaret Wycherly in White Heat, Paul Douglas in A Letter to Three Wives, Peggy Cummins in Gun Crazy


1. Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard
2. George Sanders in All About Eve
3. Gloria Graham in In a Lonely Place
4. Humphrey Bogart in In a Lonely Place
5. Francis L. Sullivan in Night and the City
6. Bette Davis in All About Eve
7. William Holden in Sunset Boulevard
8. James Stewart in Winchester ‘73
9. Richard Widmark in Night and the City
10. Robert Newton in Treasure Island


Sterling Hayden in The Asphalt Jungle
Sam Jaffe in The Asphalt Jungle
Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday
Marlon Brando in The Men
Claudette Colbert in Three Came Home
Ann Sheridan in Woman on the Run

Other worthwhile performances: Walter Huston in The Furies, John Garfield in The Breaking Point, Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride, Barbara Stanwyck in The Furies, William Talaman in Armored Car Robbery, Broderick Crawford in Born Yesterday, Richard Widmark in Panic in the Streets, Jack Palance in Panic in the Streets, Joseph Cotten in Walk Softly, Stranger, Nancy Davis (Reagan) in Shadow on the Wall

Best Overlooked Performances: Francis L. Sullivan in Night and the City

1. Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire
2. Vivian Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire
3. Robert Walker in Strangers on a Train
4. Alastair Sim A Christmas Carol
5. Kirk Douglas in Ace in the Hole
6. Vincent Price in His Kind of Woman
7. Alec Guinness in The Man in the White Suit
8. Kim Hunter in A Streetcar Named Desire
9. Ethel Barrymore in Kind Lady
10. Maurice Evans in Kind Lady


Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun
Karl Malden in A Streetcar Named Desire
Broderick Crawford in The Mob

Other Worthwhile Release: Katherine Hepburn in The African Queen, Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen, Dick Powell in Cry Danger, Jack Elam in Rawhide, Joan Greenwood in The Man in the White Suit, Ernest Thesiger in The Man in the White Suit , Van Heflin in The Prowler, Thelma Ritter in The Model and the Marriage Broker, Bob Hope in The Lemon Drop Kid, Angela Lansbury in Kind Lady, Keenan Wynn in Kind Lady, Irving Bacon in Cause for Alarm!, Richard Kiley in The Mob, Matt Crowley in The Mob

Best Overlooked Performances: Vincent Price in His Kind of Woman

1. Jean Hagen in Singin’ in the Rain
2. Takashi Shimura in Ikiru
3. Kinuyo Tanaka in The Life of Oharu
4. Ethel Waters in The Member of the Wedding
5. Orson Welles in Othello
6. Arturo de Cordova in El
7. Julie Harris in The Member of the Wedding
8. Kirk Douglas in The Bad and the Beautiful
9. Judy Holliday in The Marrying Kind
10. Jean Simmons in Angel Face


Spencer Tracy in Pat and Mike
Katherine Hepburn in Pat and Mike

Other worthwhile performances: Aldo Ray in The Marrying Kind, James Mason in Five Fingers, Jack Palance in Sudden Fear, Marlon Brando in Viva Zapata!, Anthony Quinn in Viva Zapata!, Robert Mitchum in The Lusty Men, Arthur Hunnicut in The Big Sky, Billy Gray in Talk About a Stranger

Best Overlooked Performances: Aldo Ray in The Marrying Kind

1. Richard Widmark in Pickup on South Street
2. Thelma Ritter in Pickup on South Street
3. Jack Palance in Shane
3. Robert Ryan in The Naked Spur
4. William Holden in Stalag 17
5. Elisha Cook Jr. in Shane
6. Setsuko Hara in Tokyo Story
8. Gloria Graham in The Big Heat
9. Kay Kendall in Genevieve
10. Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes


Chishu Ryu in Tokyo Story
Chieko Higashiyama in Tokyo Story
Michiyo Kogure in A Geisha
Jean Peters in Pickup on South Street

Other worthwhile performances: James Mason in Julius Caesar, Marlon Brando in Julius Caesar, Kenneth More in Genevieve, Edmond O’Brien in The Bigamist, Millard Mitchell in The Naked Spur, Hans Conried in The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, Lee Marvin in The Big Heat, Yves Montand in The Wages of Fear, James Stewart in Thunder Bay, Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, Otto Preminger in Stalag 17, Claire Bloom in The Man Between, Richard Kiley in Pickup on South Street, Lew Ayers in Donovan’s Brain, Peggy Cummins in Always a Bride, Ronald Squire in Always a Bride

Best Overlooked Performances: Michiyo Kogure in A Geisha


1. Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront
2. Jean Gabin in Touchez Pas Au Grisbi
3. James Mason in A Star is Born
4. James Stewart in Rear Window
5. Judy Garland in A Star is Born
6. Eva Marie Saint in On the Waterfront
7. Rod Steiger in On the Waterfront
8. Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones
9. Judy Holliday in It Should Happen to You
10. Charles Laughton in Hobson’s Choice


Kinuyo Tanaka in Sansho the Bailiff

Other worthwhile performances: Timothy Carey in Crime Wave, Thelma Ritter in Rear Window, Ray Milland in Dial M for Murder, John Williams in Dial M for Murder, Dan Duryea in Silver Lode, Alec Guinness in Father Brown, Giulietta Masina in La Strada, Richard Basehart in La Strada, Lee J. Cobb in On the Waterfront, Pearl Bailey in Carmen Jones

Best Overlooked Performances: Timothy Carey in Crime Wave

1. Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter
2. Alec Guinness in The Ladykillers
3. Eva Dahlberg in Smiles of a Summer Night
4. Vera Clouzot in Diabolique
5. James Stewart in The Man From Laramie
6. Katie Johnson in The Ladykillers
7. Spencer Tracy in Bad Day at Black Rock
8. Ralph Meeker in Kiss Me Deadly
9. Julie Harris in East of Eden
10. Jo Van Fleet in East of Eden


Edmond Gwenn in The Trouble With Harry
Richard Conte in The Big Combo
Simon Signoret in Diaboligue
Robert Ryan in Bad Day at Black Rock
Ernest Borgnine in Bad Day at Black Rock
Roger Duchesne in Bob le Flambeur
Karuna Banerji in Pather Panchali
James Cagney in Love Me or Leave Me

Other worthwhile performances: Lee Marvin in Shack Out on 101, Anna Magnani in The Rose Tattoo, Betty Garrett in My Sister Eileen, John McIntire in The Phenix City Story, Richard Kiley in The Phenix City Story, James Dean in East of Eden, Shirley MacLaine in The Trouble With Harry, Arthur Kennedy in The Man from Laramie, Albert Dekker in Kiss Me Deadly

Best Overlooked Performances: Katie Johnson in The Ladykillers

1. James Mason in Bigger Than Life
2. Everette Sloane in Patterns
3. Dorothy Malone in Written on the Wind
4. Marie Windsor in The Killing
5. Carol Baker in Baby Doll
6. Humphrey Bogart in The Harder They Fall
7. Sterling Hayden in The Killing
8. Machiko Kyo in Street of Shame
9. Yul Brynner in The King and I
10. Timothy Carey in The Killing


Alastair Sim in The Green Man
Ed Begley in Patterns
John Wayne in The Searchers
Fred McMurray in There’s Always Tomorrow
Elisha Cook Jr. in The Killing
Nancy Kelly in The Bad Seed
Eli Wallach in Baby Doll
Karl Malden in Baby Doll

Other worthwhile performances: Anthony Quinn in Lust for Life, Robert Stack in Written on the Wind, Lawrence Olivier in Richard 111, Robert Wagner in A Kiss Before Dying, James Stewart in The Man Who Knew Too Much, Doris Day in The Man Who Knew Too Much, Maria Schell in Gervaise, Judy Holliday in The Solid Gold Cadillac, Lee Marvin in Seven Men from Now, Patty McCormack in The Bad Seed, Glen Ford in Ransom!, Wendell Corey in The Killer is Loose

Best Overlooked Performances: Everette Sloane in Patterns

1. Burt Lancaster in Sweet Smell of Success
2. Tony Curtis in Sweet Smell of Success
3. Andy Griffith in A Face in the Crowd
4. Joanne Woodward in The Three Faces of Eve
5. Timothy Carey in Paths of Glory
6. Patricia Neal in A Face in the Crowd
7. Charles Laughton in Witness for the Prosecution
8. Victor Sjostrom in Wild Strawberries
9. Elsa Lanchester in Witness for the Prosecution
10. Henry Fonda in 12 Angry Men


George Macready in Paths of Glory
Max von Sydow in The Seventh Seal
Ben Gazzara in The Strange One
Kirk Douglas in Paths of Glory

Other worthwhile performances: Aldo Ray in Nightfall, Glen Ford in 3:10 to Yuma, Van Heflin in 3:10 to Yuma, Alec Guinness in The Bridge on the River Kwai, Sessue Hayakawa in The Bridge on the River Kwai, Kevin Corcoran in Old Yeller, Adolphe Menjou in Paths of Glory, Ray Milland in River’s Edge, Joseph Sweeney in 12 Angry Men, Sebastian Cabot in Johnny Tremain, Hannes Messemer in The Devil Strikes at Night, Mario Adorf in The Devil Strikes at Night

Best Overlooked Performances: Andy Griffith in A Face in the Crowd

1. Dean Stockwell in Compulsion
2. James Stewart in Vertigo
3. Susan Hayward in I Want to Live!
4. Orson Welles in Touch of Evil
5. Jean Simmons in Home Before Dark
6. Kim Stanley in The Goddess
7. Joseph Calleia in Touch of Evil
8. Niall MacGinnis in Curse of the Demon
9. Gloria Talbot in I Married a Monster from Outer Space
10. Alec Guinness in The Horse’s Mouth


Burl Ives in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Vince Edwards in Murder by Contract
Akim Tamiroff in Touch of Evil
Dennis Weaver in Touch of Evil
Van Heflin in Gunman’s Walk
George Nader in Nowhere to Go

Other worthwhile performances: Michael Redgrave in The Quiet American, Bradford Dillman in Compulsion, Paul Newman in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Kim Novak in Bell, Book, and Candle, Charleton Heston in The Big Country, Inger Stevens in Cry Terror, Maximillian Schell in The Young Lions, Sebastian Cabot in Terror in a Texas Town, Ned Young in Terror in a Texas Town, Zbigniew Cybulski in Ashes and Diamonds, Eli Wallach in The Lineup, Robert Taylor in Party Girl, Carolyn Jones in King Creole, Susan Cabot in Machine Gun Kelly, Ingrid Bergman in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Robert Ryan in God’s Little Acre, Spencer Tracy in The Last Hurrah, Robert Loggia in Cop Killer, Gerald S. O’Loughlin in Cop Killer

Special Mention: Diana Dors in Tread Softly Stranger: With her pouty, bee-stung lips; her breathy voice; her slinky, hip-wiggling strut; and her come-hither gazes, Dors comes off as a parody of the sultry platinum blonde femme fatale.

Best Overlooked Performances: Gloria Talbot in I Married a Monster from Outer Space, Niall MacGinnis in Curse of the Demon


1. Dean Stockwell in Compulsion
2. Vittorio de Sica in General Della Rovere
3. Tony Curtis in Some Like it Hot
4. Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot
5. Dean Martin in Rio Bravo
6. James Stewart in Anatomy of a Murder
7. Jean-Pierre Leaud in The 400 Blows
8. Jack Lemmon in Some Like it Hot
9. Cary Grant in North by Northwest
10. Dick Miller in A Bucket of Blood


Joe E. Brown in Some Like it Hot
James Mason in North by Northwest
Eiji Funakoshi in Fires on the Plain,
Pernell Roberts in Ride Lonesome
Richard Burton in Look Back in Anger
Robert Ryan in Odds Against Tomorrow
Eva Marie Saint in North by Northwest

Other worthwhile performances: Robert Mitchum in The Wonderful Country, Susan Kohner in Imitation of Life, Hayley Mills in Tiger Bay, Susan Cabot in Wasp Woman, Lawrence Olivier in The Devil’s Disciple, Peter Sellars in I’m All Right, Jack and The Mouse That Roared, Burl Ives in Day of the Outlaw, Robert Ryan in Day of the Outlaw, James Whitmore in Face of Fire, Royal Dano in Face of Fire, Glenn Ford in The Gazebo

Best Overlooked Performances: Dick Miller in A Bucket of Blood

1. Anthony Perkins in Psycho
2. Charles Aznavour in Shoot the Piano Player
3. Fred McMurray in The Apartment
4. Hideko Takamine in When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
5. Shirley McClaine in The Apartment
6. Albert Finney in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
7. Annie Girardot in Rocco and His Brothers
8. Jack Lemmon in The Apartment
9. Jean-Paul Belmondo in Breathless
10. Stanley Baker in The Criminal


Lino Ventura in The Big Risk
Jack Nicholson in The Little Shop of Horrors
Renato Salvatori in Rocco and His Brothers
Montgomery Clift in Wild River
Peter Cushing in The Flesh and the Fiends

Other worthwhile performances: Ray Danton in The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond, Lawrence Olivier in Spartacus, Charles Laughton in Spartacus, Robert Mitchum in Home from the Hill, Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry, Janet Leigh in Psycho, Martin Balsam in Psycho, Donald Pleasance in The Flesh and the Fiends, Jack Hawkins in The League of Gentlemen

Best Overlooked Performances: Hideko Takamine in When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

1. Deborah Kerr in The Innocents
2. Paul Newman in The Hustler
3. Toshiro Mifune in Yojimbo
4. George C. Scott in The Hustler
5. Lola Albright in A Cold Wind in August
6. Piper Laurie in The Hustler
7. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
8. Rita Moreno in West Side Story
9. Marcello Mastrianni in Divorce, Italian Style
10. Montgomery Clift in Judgment at Nuremburg


Maximillian Schell in Judgment at Nuremburg
Fernando Rey in Viridiana
Francisco Rabal in Viridiana

Other worthwhile performances: Susan Strasberg in Scream of Fear, Jackie Gleason in The Hustler, Martin Stephens in The Innocents, Mercedes McCambridge in Angel Baby

Best Overlooked Performances: Susan Strasberg in Scream of Fear

1. Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate
2. Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear
3. Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia
4. James Mason in Lolita
5. Robert Preston in The Music Man
6. Ann Bancroft in The Miracle Worker
7. Katherine Hepburn in Long Day’s Journey into Night
8. Sue Lyon in Lolita
9. James Stewart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
10. Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?


Jason Robards in Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Dean Stockwell in Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Ralph Richardson in Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird
Victor Buono in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Machiko Kyô in Kurotokage
Jeanne Moreau in Eva

Other worthwhile performances: Anthony Quinn in Requiem for a Heavyweight, Trevor Howard in Mutiny on the Bounty, Terence Stamp in Billy Budd, Robert Ryan in Billy Budd, Burt Lancaster in Birdman of Alcatraz, Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker, Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia, Sean Connery in Dr. No, Vincent Price in Confessions of a Opium Eater, Yvonne Moray in Confessions of an Opium Eater, Glynis Johns in The Chapman Report, Claire Bloom in The Chapman Report

Best Overlooked Performances: Sue Lyon in Lolita

1. Paul Newman in Hud
2. Jerry Lewis in The Nutty Professor
3. Patricia Neal in Hud
4. Tom Courtenay in Billy Liar
5. Julie Harris in The Haunting
6. Lotte Lenya in From Russia With Love
7. Margaret Rutherford in Murder at the Gallop
8. Burt Lancaster in The Leopard
9. Claire Bloom in The Haunting
10. Rita Tushingham in The Leather Boys


Sean Connery in From Russia With Love
Robert Shaw in From Russia With Love
Daniela Bianchi in From Russia With Love
Melvyn Douglas in Hud
Richard Harris in This Sporting Life
Steve McQueen in The Great Escape
James Garner in The Great Escape

Other worthwhile performances: Burt Lancaster in A Child is Waiting, Ron Moody in The Mouse on the Moon, Marcello Mastrianni in 81/2, Kazuo Hasegawa in An Actor’s Revenge, Jackie Gleason in Soldier in the Rain, Tuesday Weld in Soldier in the Rain

Best Overlooked Performances: Rita Tushingham in The Leather Boys

1. Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb
2. Peter Sellers in A Shot in the Dark
3. Sterling Hayden in Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb
4. George C. Scott in Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb
5. Kim Stanley in Séance on a Wet Afternoon
6. Victor Buono in The Strangler
7. Paula Prentiss in Man’s Favorite Sport
8. Tony Randall in The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao
9. Gert Frobe in Goldfinger
10. Paul Scofield in The Train


Margaret Rutherford in Murder Most Foul
Barbara Barrie in One Potato, Two Potato
Burt Lancaster in The Train
Sean Connery in Goldfinger
Jean-Paul Belmondo in That Man From Rio
Richard Attenborough in Séance on a Wet Afternoon
Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb
Herbert Lom in A Shot in the Dark
Eija Okada in Woman in the Dunes
Kyoko Kishida in Woman in the Dunes
Richard Boone in Rio Conchos

Other worthwhile performances: Bryant Haliday in Devil Doll, Ivan Dixon in Nothing but a Man, Ron Moody in Murder Most Foul, Edmund O’Brien in Rio Conchos

Best Overlooked Performances: Paula Prentiss in Man’s Favorite Sport, Victor Buono in The Strangler

1. Richard Burton in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
2. Sean Connery in The Hill
3. George Segal in King Rat
4. Samantha Eggar in The Collector
5. Lee Marvin in Cat Ballou
6. Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music
7. Tura Satana in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
8. Lou Castel in Fists in His Pocket
9. Claire Bloom in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
10. Michael Caine in The Ipcress File


James Stewart in Flight of the Phoenix
Julie Christy in Darling
Ayllene Gibbons in The Loved One,
James Mason in Lord Jim,
Jean-Paul Belmondo in Pierrot Le Fou
William Dix in The Nanny
Bette Davis in The Nanny

Other worthwhile performances: Essy Persson in I, A Woman, Aubrey Miller in Night Caller From Outer Space, Sylvie in The Shameless Old Lady, Catherine Denueve in Repulsion, Klaus Kinski in For a Few Dollars More, Richard Attenborough in Flight of the Phoenix, Eddie Mayehoff in How to Murder Your Wife, William Dix in The Nanny, Stuart Whitman in Sands of the Kalahari

Best Overlooked Performances: Tura Satana in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

1. Eli Wallach in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
2. Richard Burton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
3. Liv Ullman in Persona
4. Bibi Andersson in Persona
5. Per Oscarsson in Hunger
6. Lionel Stander in Cul-de-Sac
7. Donald Pleasance in Cul-de-Sac
8. Tatsuya Nakadai in Sword of Doom
9. David Warner in Morgan!
10. Cheng Pei-Pei in Come Drink with Me


Elizabeth Taylor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Shoichi Ozawa in The Pornographers
Sumiko Sakamoto in The Pornographers
Lynn Redgrave in Georgy Girl
Michael Caine in Alfie
Tuesday Weld in Lord Love a Duck
Zero Mostel in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Matthew Carriere in Young Torless
Ayako Wakao in Red Angel
Jacqueline Pearce in The Reptile
Kei Satô in Violence at Noon

Other worthwhile performances: Vanessa Redgrave in Morgan!, David Hemmings in Blowup, Ives Montand in La Guerre Est Finie, Jacqueline Pearce in Plague of the Zombies, James Caan in El Dorado, Robert Mitchum in El Dorado, Lee Van Cleef in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Akiko Koyama in Violence at Noon

Best Overlooked Performances: Tatsuya Nakadai in Sword of Doom

1. Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate
2. Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde
3. Ann Bancroft in The Graduate
4. Estelle Parsons in Bonnie and Clyde
5. Robert Blake in In Cold Blood
6. Michael J. Pollard in Bonnie & Clyde
7. Gene Hackman in Bonnie & Clyde
8. Scott Wilson in In Cold Blood
9. George Kennedy in Cool Hand Luke
10. Lee Marvin in Point Blank


Warren Beatty in Bonnie & Clyde
Rod Steiger in In the Heat of the Night
Alan Arkin in Wait Until Dark
Angie Dickinson in Point Blank
Peter Cook in Bedazzled
Audrey Hepburn in Wait Until Dark
John Cassavetes in The Dirty Dozen
Richard Johnson in Danger Route

Other worthwhile performances: Cameron Mitchell in Hombre, Strother Martin in Cool Hand Luke, Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour, Alain Delon in Le Samouraï, Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, Carol Lynley in Danger Route, Gordon Jackson in Danger Route, Murray Hamilton in The Graduate, William Daniels in The Graduate

Best Overlooked Performances: Lee Marvin in Point Blank

1. Tuesday Weld in Pretty Poison
2. Julie Christy in Petulia
3. Donald Sutherland in Joanna
4. Dick Shawn in The Producers
5. Steve McQueen in Bullitt
6. Ruth Gordon in Rosemary’s Baby
7. Peter O’Toole in The Lion in Winter
8. Peter Cook in Bedazzled
9. Vincent Price in The Witchfinder General
10. Max von Sydow in Shame


Stephane Audran in Le Boucher
Duane Jones in Night of the Living Dead
Katherine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter
Liv Ullmann in Shame
Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby
Joanne Woodward in Rachel, Rachel
Robert Vaughn in Bullit
Jason Robards in Once Upon a Time in the West
Kim Hunter in Planet of the Apes
Delphine Seyrig Stolen Kisses
Sidney Blackmer in Rosemary’s Baby
Shirley Knight in Petulia
Charles Bronson in Once Upon a Time in the West

Other worthwhile performances: Rod Steiger in No Way to Treat a Lady, Jill Banner in Spiderbaby, Beverly Washburn in Spiderbaby, Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl, Erica Gavin in Vixen, Henry Fonda in Once Upon a Time in the West, Cliff Robertson in Charly, Jason Robards in The Night They Raided Minsky’s, Jean-Pierre Leaud in Stolen Kisses, Nobuko Otowa in Kuroneko

Best Overlooked Performances: Duane Jones in Night of the Living Dead

1. Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy
2. Shirley Knight in The Rain People
3. Shirley McClaine in Sweet Charity
4. Bernadette Lafont in A Very Curious Girl
5. Cathy Burns in Last Summer
6. Rudolf Hrusínský in The Cremator
7. Elliot Gould in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
8. Dyan Cannon in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
9. Jon Voigt in Midnight Cowboy
10. Jane Fonda in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?


Bo Hopkins in The Wild Bunch
Stephane Audran in La Femme Infidele
Sylvia Miles in Midnight Cowboy
John McGiver in Midnight Cowboy
Gig Young in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Michel Bouquet in La Femme Infidele
Max von Sydow in The Passion of Anna
Liv Ullmann in The Passion of Anna
Strother Martin in The Wild Bunch

Other worthwhile performances: Ezzatolah Entezami in The Cow, Tatsuya Nakadai in Goyôkin, Fumio Watanabe in Boy

Best Overlooked Performances: Shirley Knight in The Rain People


1. George C. Scott in Patton
2. Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces
3. George Segal in Where’s Poppa
4. Ruth Gordon in Where’s Poppa
5. George Segal in Loving
6. Tony Lo Bianco in The Honeymoon Killers
7. Barbara Loden in Wanda
8. Jason Robards in The Ballad of Cable Hogue
9. Eva Marie Saint in Loving
10. Gian Maria Volonté in Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion


Peter Boyle in Joe
Gene Hackman in I Never Sang for my Father
Claire Bloom in A Severed Head
Melvyn Douglas in I Never Sang for My Father
Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man
Richard Benjamin in Diary of a Mad Housewife
Shirley Stoler in The Honeymoon Killers
Gene Wilder in Quakser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx
Robert Stephens in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Colin Blakely in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Jean Yanne in This Man Must Die
Caroline Cellier in This Man Must Die
Karen Black in Five Easy Pieces
Helena Kallianiotes in Five Easy Pieces
Jean-Louis Trigtignant in The Conformist
Elliot Gould in Getting Straight
Barbara Hershey in The Baby Maker

Other worthwhile performances: Doug McGtraith in Goin’ Down the Road, Paul Bradley in Goin’ Down the Road, Hugh Griffith in Start the Revolution Without Me, Gene Wilder in Start the Revolution Without Me, Victor Spinetti in Start the Revolution Without Me, Godfrey Cambridge in Cotton Comes to Harlem, Raymond St. James in Cotton Comes to Harlem, Carrie Snodgras in Diary of a Mad Housewife, Shelley Winters in Bloody Mama, Jack Palance in Monte Walsh, Robert De Niro in Hi, Mom!, Andre Bourvil in Le Cercle Rouge, Ian Holm in A Severed Head, Richard Attenborough in A Severed Head

Best Overlooked Performances: Tony Lo Bianco in The Honeymoon Killers

1. Jane Fonda in Klute
2. Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange
3. Gene Hackman in The French Connection
4. Richard Attenborough in 10 Rillington Place
5. Warren Beatty in McCabe and Mrs. Miller
6. Julie Christy in McCabe and Mrs. Miller
7. Warren Oates in Two-Lane Blacktop
8. George Segal in Born to Win
9. Keith Carradine in McCabe and Mrs. Miller
10. Verna Bloom in The Hired Hand


Cloris Leachman in The Last Picture Show
Ben Johnson in The Last Picture Show
Kitty Winn in Panic in Needle Park
Jessican Walters in Play Misty for Me
Ruth Gordon in Harold and Maude
John Moulder-Brown in Deep End
Jane Asher in Deep End
Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Other worthwhile performances: Timothy Carey in Minnie and Moskowitz, Seymour Cassell in Minnie and Moskowitz, Warren Oates in The Hired Hand, Alan Garfield in Cry Uncle, Bulle Ogier in La Salamandre, Johra Lampert in Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, Topol in Fiddler on the Roof, Alan Arkin in Little Murders, Michael Caine in Get Carter, William Holden in Wild Rovers, Al Pacino in Panic in Needle Park, George C. Scott in The Hospital, Shelley Winters in What’s the Matter with Helen?, Tom Poston in Cold Turkey, Aubrey Morris in A Clockwork Orange, Vincent Schiavelli in Taking Off, Delphine Seyrig in Daughters of Darkness, Robert Quarry in The Return of Count Yorga, Norman Rose in The Telephone Book, Sarah Kennedy in The Telephone Book

Best Overlooked Performances: Warren Oates in Two-Lane Blacktop

1. Klaus Kinski in Aguirre, the Wrath of God
2. Robert Duvall in Tomorrow
3. Marlon Brando in The Godfather
4. Robert Duvall in The Godfather
5. James Caan in The Godfather
6. Woody Allen in Play it Again, Sam
7. John Cazale in The Godfather
8. Donald Pleasance in Wedding in White
9. Carol Kane in Wedding in White
10. Charles Grodin in The Heartbreak Kid


Al Pacino in The Godfather
Liza Minnelli in Cabaret
Joel Gray in Cabaret
Jeanni Berlin in The Heartbreak Kid
Robert Redford in The Candidate
Olga Bellin in Tomorrow
Liam Dunn in What’s Up, Doc?

Other worthwhile performances: Jeff Bridges in Bad Company, Donald Pleasance in Raw Meat, Shirley MaClaine in The Possession of Joel Delaney, Michael J. Pollard in Dirty Little Billy, Barbara Streisand in What’s Up, Doc?, Madeline Kahn in What’s Up, Doc?, Kenneth Mars in What’s Up, Doc?, Jack Lemmon in Avanti, Barbara Hershey in Boxcar Bertha, Stacy Keach in Fat City, Arthur Lowe in The Ruling Class, Lawrence Olivier in Sleuth, Michael Caine in Sleuth, Ingrid Pitt in Countess Dracula, Mary Jackson in The Folks at Red Wolf Inn, Giancarlo Gianninin in The Seduction of Mimi, Bill McKinney in Deliverance, Herbert ‘Cowboy’ Coward in Deliverance
Best Overlooked Performances: Carol Kane in Wedding in White, Donald Pleasance in Wedding in White

1. Marlon Brando in Last Tango in Paris
2. Robert De Niro in Mean Streets
3. Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail
4. Ian Holm in The Homecoming
5. Edward Woodward in The Wicker Man
6. Elliot Gould in The Long Goodbye
7. Donald Sutherland in Don’t Look Now
8. George Segal in Blume in Love
9. Rip Torn in Payday
10. Harriet Andersson in Cries and Whispers


Al Pacino in Serpico
Randy Quaid in The Last Detail
Martin Sheen in Badlands
Sissy Spacek in Badlands
Jeff Bridges in The Last American Hero,
Charlie Martin Smith in American Graffiti,
Candy Clarke in American Graffiti,
Robert Ryan in The Iceman Cometh
Linda Blair in The Exorcist
Woody Allen in Sleeper
Mercedes McCambridge in The Exorcist

Other worthwhile performances: Warren Oates in Dilinger, Timothy Bottoms in The Paper Chase, John Houseman in The Paper Chase, Ruth Roman in The Baby, Peter Boyle in Kid Blue, Ben Johnson in Dillinger, Liv Ullman in Scenes From a Marriage, Erland Josephsen in Scenes from a Marriage, Duane Jones in Ganja and Hess, Divine in Pink Flamingos, Sarah Kennedy in The Working Girls, Ellen Burstyn in The Exorcist, James Caan in Slither

Best Overlooked Performances: Ian Holm in The Homecoming

1. Jack Nicholson in Chinatown
2. Gene Hackman in The Conversation
3. Richard Dreyfus in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
4. Ellen Burnstyn in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
5. Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part 2
6. John Cazale in The Godfather Part
7. Faye Dunaway in Chinatown
8. John Huston in Chinatown
9. Al Pacino in The Godfather Part 2
10. Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein


Madelaine Kahn in Young Frankenstein
Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein
Gene Hackman in Young Frankenstein
Terri Garr in Young Frankenstein
Kenneth Mars in Young Frankenstein
Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein
Cloris Leachman in Young Frankenstein

Lee Strasberg in The Godfather Part 2
Robert Duvall in The Godfather Part 2
Michael V. Gazzo in The Godfather Part 2

Allen Garfield in The Conversation
John Cazale in The Conversation

Art Carney in Harry and Tonto
Larry Hagman in Harry and Tonto

Keith Carradine in Thieves Like Us
Shelley Duvall in Thieves Like Us

Gena Rowlands in A Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Peter Falk in A Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Roberts Blossoms in Deranged
Goldie Hawn in The Sugarland Express
Horst Janson in Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter
Pierre Blaide in Lacombe Lucien
Warren Beatty in The Paralax View
Warren Oates in Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
Brigitte Mira in Fear Eats the Soul
Jessica Harper in Phantom of the Paradise

Other worthwhile performances: Dustin Hoffman in Lenny, Divine in Female Trouble, Julia Cholson in Where the Lillies Bloom, Udo Kier in Andy Warhol’s Dracula, Vittorio De Sica in Andy Warhol’s Dracula, Jvenging in Andy Warhol’s Dracula, Alan Vint in Macon County Line, Jesse Vint in Macon County Line, Max Baer Jr. in Macon County Line, Jean-Paul Belmondo in Stavinsky, Burt Young in Chinatown

Best Overlooked Performances: Roberts Blossoms in Deranged, Divine in Female Trouble

1. Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
2. Isabelle Adjani in The Story of Adele H
3. Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon
4. John Cazale in Dog Day Afternoon
5. Brigitte Mira in Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven
6. Richard Dreyfus in Jaws
7. Bruno S. in The Mystery of Kasper Hauser
8. Rainer Werner Fassbinder in Fox and His Friends
9. Chris Sarandon in Dog Day Afternoon
10. Louise Fletcher in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


Diane Keaton in Love and Death
Woody Allen in Love and Death
Brad Dourif in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Roy Schneider in Jaws
Robert Shaw in Jaws
Michael Caine in The Man Who Would be King
Sean Connery in The Man Who Would be King
Bruce Dern in Smile
Robert Mitchum in Farewell, My Lovely
Lili Tomlin in Nashville
Keith Carradine in Nashville
Delphine Seyrig in Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Other worthwhile performances: Charles Durning in Dog Day Afternoon, George Burns in The Sunshine Boys , Margot Kidder in Black Christmas, Brook Adams in Shock Waves, Charlene Dallas in Rancho Deluxe, Jeff Bridges in Hearts of the West, Mackenzie Phillips in Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins, Gene Hackman in Night Moves, Melanie Griffith in Night Moves

Best Overlooked Performances: Brigitte Mira in Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven

1. Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver
2. Piper Laurie in Carrie
3. Sissy Spacek in Carrie
4. Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver
5. Barbara Harris in Freaky Friday
6. Faye Dunaway in Network
7. John Cassavetes in Mikey and Nicky
8. Peter Falk in Mikey and Nicky
9. Sylvester Stallone in Rocky
10. Jason Robards in All the Presidents Men

David Carradine in Bound for Glory
Giancarlo Giannini in Seven Beauties
Treat Williams in The Ritz
Burgess Meredith in Rocky
Burt Young in Rocky
Ned Beatty in Network
Lawrence Olivier in Marathon Man
Billie Whitelaw in The Omen
Ana Torrent in Cria

Other worthwhile performances: Harvey Keitel in Taxi Driver, Peter Boyle in Taxi Driver, Talia Shire in Rocky, Yvette Mimieux in Jackson County Line, Jodie Foster in The Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, Paul Bartel in Hollywood Boulevard, Sean Connery in Robin and Marian, Audrey Hepburn in Robin and Marian, Robert Redford in All the Presidents Men, Dustin Hoffman in All the Presidents Men, Edith Clever in The Marquise of O, Lonette McKee in Sparkle, Dennis Hopper in Tracks, Walter Matthau in The Bad News Bears, John Wayne in The Shootist, Peter Finch in Network, Sam Bottoms in The Outlaw Josey Wales, Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales, John Vernon in The Outlaw Josey Wales, Chief Dan George in The Outlaw Josey Wales, Geneviève Bujold in Obsession, Nancy Allen in Carrie, Roman Polanski in The Tenant, Liv Ullmann in Face to Face

Best Overlooked Performances: Barbara Harris in Freaky Friday, Treat Williams in The Ritz

1. Shelley Duvall in 3 Women
2. John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever
3. Diane Keaton in Annie Hall
4. Woody Allen in Annie Hall
5. Sissy Spacek in 3 Women
6. Art Carney in The Late Show
7. Richard Dreyfus in The Goodbye Girl
8. Diane Keaton in Looking for Mr. Goodbar
9. Simon Signoret in Madame Rosa
10. Christopher Walken in Annie Hall


Craig Russell in Outrageous!
Anatoli Solonitsyn in The Ascent
Helen Gallagher in Roseland
Paul Newman in Slap Shot
Jason Robards in Julia
Jane Fonda in Julia
Vanessa Redgrave in Julia
Geraldine Chaplin in Welcome to L.A.

Other worthwhile performances: George Burns in Oh, God!, Charles Napier in Citizen’s Band, Claudia Jennings in The Great Texas Dynamite Chase, Carroll Baker in Andy Warhol’s Bad, Jackie Gleason in Smokey and the Bandit, Jodie Foster in Freaky Friday, Bud Cort in Why Shoot the Teacher?, Jeff Goldblum in Between the Lines, Rudiger Vogler in Alice in the Cities, Eddie Albert in Birch Interval, Paul LeMat in Citizens Band, William Devane in Rolling Thunder, Jill Eikenberry in Between the Line, Alec Guiness in Star Wars, Harrison Ford in Star Wars, Isabelle Huppert in The Lacemaker, Julie Christie in Demon Seed, Bruce Dern in Black Sunday

Best Overlooked Performances:

1. Robert De Niro in The Deer Hunter
2. Dustin Hoffman in Straight Time
3. Bruce Dern in Coming Home
4. Gary Busey in The Buddy Holly Story
5. Bruno Ganz in Knife in the Head
6. Harvey Keitel in Fingers
7. Volker Spengler in In a Year of 13 Moons
8. Nick Nolte in Who’ll Stop the Rain
9. Michael Moriarty in Who’ll Stop the Rain
10. Harvey Keitel in Blue Collar


Glenda Jackson in Stevie
Carol Kane in The Mafu Cage
Robert Morley in Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?
Yaphet Kotto in Blue Collar
Richard Dreyfus in The Big Fix
Elliot Gould in The Silent Partner
Christopher Plummer in The Silent Partner
Tuesday Weld in Who’ll Stop the Rain
Christopher Walken in The Deer Hunter
Mona Washbourne in Stevie
Mary Steenburgen in Goin’ South
Zero Mostel in Watership Down
Geraldine Page in Interiors

Other worthwhile performances: Meg Foster in A Different Story, Jack Nicholson in Goin’ South, Faye Dunaway in Eyes of Laura Mars, Bruce Dern in The Driver, Isabelle Huppert in Violette, Jim Brown in Fingers, Genevieve Bujold in Coma, Brook Adams in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Veronica Cartwright in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Maureen Stapleton in Interiors, Mary Beth Hurt in Interiors, Melanie Mayron in Girlfriends, Stacy Keach in Up in Smoke, Cheech Marin in Up in Smoke

Best Overlooked Performances: Dustin Hoffman in Straight Time

1. Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now
2. Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer
3. Woody Allen in Manhattan
4. Diane Keaton in Manhattan
5. Ken Ogata in Vengeance is Mine
6. Nick Nolte in North Dallas Forty
7. Peter Sellers in Being There
8. Ben Gazzara in Saint Jack
9. Sally Field in Norma Rae
10. Dana Preu in Gal Young Un’


Jane Alexander in Kramer vs. Kramer
Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer
Melvyn Douglas in Being There
Ron Leibman in Norma Rae
Dennis Christopher in Breaking Away
Paul Dooley in Breaking Away
George Burns in Going in Style
Judy Davis in My Brilliant Career
Raymond Hidalgo-Gato in El Super

Other worthwhile performances: Brad Douriff in Wise Blood, James Woods in The Onion Field, Klaus Kinski in Nosferatu, the Vampire, Diane Lane in A Little Romance, Pamela Sue Martin in The Lady in Red, James Mason in Murder by Decree, Christopher Plummer in Murder by Decree, Alan Arkin in The In-Laws, Peter Falk in The In-Laws, Libertini in The In-Laws, Malcolm McDowell in Time After Time, Mary Steenburgen in Time After Time, Michael Murphy in Manhattan

Best Overlooked Performances: Dana Preu in Gal Young Un’

1. Robert De Niro in Raging Bull
2. Sissy Spacek in Coal Miner’s Daughter
3. John Hurt in The Elephant Man
4. Robert Duvall in The Great Santini
5. Anthony Hopkins in The Elephant Man
6. Joe Pesci in Raging Bull
7. Gunter Lamprecht in Berlin Alexanderplatz
8. Timothy Hutton in Ordinary People
9. Michael Emil in Sitting Ducks
10. Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin


Mary Steenburgen in Melvin and Howard
Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People
Zack Norman in Sitting Ducks
Alan King in Just Tell Me What You Want
Dennis Hopper in Out of the Blue
Shelley Duvall in The Shining
Jack Nicholson in The Shining
Tommy Lee Jones in Coal Miner’s Daughter
Paul Le Mat in Melvin & Howard
Donald Sutherland in Ordinary People
Susan Sarandon in Atlantic City

Other worthwhile performances: Bob Hoskins in The Long Good Friday, Kaki Hunter in Roadie, Dennis Lipscombe in Union City, Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack, Ted Knight in Caddyshack, Gerard Depardieu in Loulou, Linda Menz in Out of the Blue, Philip Stone in The Shining

Best Overlooked Performances: Michael Emil in Sitting Ducks

1. Simon Signoret in I Sent a Letter to My Love
2. John Heard in Cutter’s Way
3. John Gielgud in Arthur
4. Donald Sutherland in Eye of the Needle
5. Albert Brooks in Modern Romance
6. Kathleen Turner in Body Heat
7. Dudley Moore in Arthur
8. John Travolta in Blow Out
9. Jeff Bridges in Cutter’s Way
10. Nancy Allen in Blow Out


William Hurt
Jean Rocheforte in I Sent a Letter to My Love
Klaus Maria Brandauer in Mephisto
Meryl Streep in The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Zoe Tamerlis in Ms. 45
Wendy Hughes in Lonely Hearts
Norman Kaye in Lonely Hearts
Annie Potts in Heartaches
Margot Kidder in Heartaches

Other worthwhile performances: Ed Harris in Knightriders, John Lithgow in Blow Out,
Philippe Noiret in Birgit Haas Must Die, Jean Rochefort in Birgit Haas Must Die, Divine in Polyester, Robert Preston in S.O.B., Philippe Noiret in Coup de Torchon, Jessica Harper in Shock Treatment, Karen Allen in Raiders of the Lost Ark, James Caan in Thief, Dee Wallace in The Howling

Best Overlooked Performances: John Heard in Cutter’s Way

1. Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie
2. Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice
3. Ricardo Montalbon in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
4. Ben Kingsley in Gandhi
5. Barbara Hershey in The Entity
6. Jessica Lange in Frances
7. Paul Newman in The Verdict
8. Gerard Depardieu in Danton
9. Richard Farnsworth in The Grey Fox
10. Nathalie Baye in La Balance


Nick Nolte in 48 Hrs.
Eddie Murphy in 48 Hrs.
Glen Close in The World According to Garp

Other worthwhile performances: Jessica Lange in Tootsie, Bill Murray in Tootsie, Edward James Olmos in The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, Michael Moriarty in Q: The Winged Serpent, Shelly Long in Night Shift

Best Overlooked Performances: Nathalie Baye in La Balance

1. Meryl Streep in Silkwood
2. Shirley Maclaine in Terms of Endearment
3. Debra Winger in Terms of Endearment
4. Robert De Niro in The King of Comedy
5. Jane Alexander in Testament
6. Sean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemont High
7. Jerry Lewis in The King of Comedy
8. Tom Conti in Reuben, Reuben
9. Christopher Walken in The Dead Zone
10. Robert Duvall in Tender Mercies


Cher in Silkwood
Bonnie Bedelia in Heart Like a Wheel
Linda Griffiths in Lianna
Judy Davis in Heatwave
Nick Nolte in Under Fire
Gene Hackman in Under Fire
Joanna Cassidy in Under Fire
Michael Caine in Educating Rita
Julie Walters in Educating Rita

Other worthwhile performances: Tom Cruise in Risky Business, Rebecca De Mornay in Risky Business, Sean Penn in Bad Boys, SonnyCarl Davis in Last Night at the Alamo, Karen Black in Can She Bake a Cherry Pie, Michael Emil in Can She Bake a Cherry Pie, Rosanna Arquette in Baby, It’s You, Vincent Spano in Baby, It’s You, Peter Billingsley in A Christmas Story, Dee Wallace in Cujo, Barbra Streisand in Yentyl, Eddie Murphy in Trading Places, Anthony Perkins in Psycho 11, Ken Ogata in The Ballad of Narayama

Best Overlooked Performances: Tom Conti in Reuben, Reuben

1. F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus
2. Robert De Niro in Once Upon a Time in America
2. Christopher Guest in This is Spinal Tap
3. Woody Allen in Broadway Danny Rose
4. John Cassavetes in Love Streams
5. Gena Rowlands in Love Streams
6. Albert Finney in Under the Volcano
7. James Woods in Once Upon a Time in America
8. Leslie Ann Warren in Choose Me
9. M. Emmett Walsh in Blood Simple
10. Robert Englund In A Nightmare On Elm Street


Steve Martin in All of Me
Anthony Michael Hall in Sixteen Candles
Molly Ringwald in Sixteen Candles
Peter Coyote in Heartbreakers
Terence Stamp in The Hit
John Hurt in The Hit
James Mason in The Shooting Party
Daryl Hannah in Splash
Joe Morton in The Brother from Another Planet
Mia Farrow in Broadway Danny Rose
Pat Morita in The Karate Kid
Michael McKean in This Is Spinal Tap
Harry Shearer in This Is Spinal Tap
Fred Willard in This Is Spinal Tap

Other worthwhile performances: Angela Lansbury in The Company of Wolves, Katheline Turner in Romancing the Stone, Leslie Ann Warren in Songwriter, Jill Eichorn in Wildrose, Bill Paterson in Comfort and Joy, Vanessa Redgrave in The Bostonians, Burt Young in Once Upon a Time in America, Tuesday Weld in Once Upon a Time in America, Jennifer Connelly in Once Upon a Time in America, Fran Drescher in This Is Spinal Tap, Paul Benedict in This Is Spinal Tap, Howard Hesseman in This Is Spinal Tap, Tony Hendra in This Is Spinal Tap, Dan Hedaya in Blood Simple

Best Overlooked Performances: Leslie Ann Warren in Choose Me

1. Sandrine Bonnaire in Vagabond
2. Teresa Russell in Insignificance
3. Mia Farrow in The Purple Rose of Cairo
4. Sean Penn in The Falcon and the Snowman
5. Miranda Richardson in Dance with a Stranger
6. Meryl Streep in Out of Africa
7. Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future
8. Jack Nicholson in Prizzi’s Honor
9. Jeff Daniels in The Purple Rose of Cairo
10. Griffin Dunne in After Hours


Anjelica Huston in Prizzi’s Honor
Geraldine Page in A Trip to Bountiful
Carlin Glynn in A Trip to Bountiful
Rosanna Arquette in Desperately Seeking Susan
Rosanna Arquette in After Hours
Eric Stoltz in Mask
William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman
Daniel Day-Lewis in My Beautiful Launderette

Other worthwhile performances:, Klaus Maria Brandauer in Colonel Redl, Armin Muller-Stahl in Colonel Redl, Chris Sarandon in Fright Night, Albert Brooks in Lost in America, Jeffrey Combs in Re-Animator, Cher in Mask, Ian Holm in Dance With a Stranger, Kathleen Turner in Prizzi’s Honor, Terri Garr in After Hours, Catherine O’Hara in After Hours, Tim Thomerson in Trancers, Robert Loggia in Jagged Edge

Best Overlooked Performances: Jeffrey Combs in Re-Animator

1. Jeff Goldblum in The Fly
2. Gary Oldman in Sid and Nancy
3. Chloe Webb in Sid and Nancy
4. Catherine Mouchet in Therese
5. Melanie Griffith in Something Wild
6. James Woods in Salvador
7. Dianne Wiest in Hannah and Her Sisters
8. Ray Liotta in Something Wild
9. Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet
10. Isabella Rossellini in Blue Velvet


Sigourney Weaver in Aliens
Michael Caine in Hannah and Her Sisters
Jeff Daniels in Something Wild
Daniel Day-Lewis in A Room With a View
Roberto Benigni in Down by Law
Harrison Ford in The Mosquito Coast
Max von Sydow in Hannah and her Sister
Woody Allen in Hannah and Her Sisters

Other worthwhile performances: Christopher Walken in At Close Range, Kyle MacLachlan in Blue Velvet, Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink, Harry Dean Stanton in Pretty in Pink, Margie Clark in Letter to Brezhnev, Alexandra Pigg in Letter to Brezhnev, Dean Stockwell in Blue Velvet, Brian Cox in Manhunter

Best Overlooked Performances: Catherine Mouchet in Therese

1. Gerard Depardieu in Jean de Florette
2. Mickey Rourke in Barfly
3. Albert Brooks in Broadcast News
4. Holly Hunter in Broadcast News
5. Christine Lahti in Housekeeping
6. Glen Close in Fatal Attraction
7. Nicholas Cage in Raising Arizona
8. Holly Hunter in Raising Arizona
9. Michael Douglas in Wall Street
10. Bruce Campbell in Evil Dead 11


Yves Montand in Jean de Florette
Terry O’Quinn in The Stepfather
Julie Walters in Personal Services
Sean Connery in The Untouchables
Cher in Moonstruck
Nicholas Cage in Moonstruck
Olympia Dukakis in Moonstruck
Vincent Gardenia in Moonstruck
Joe Mantegna in House of Games
Ian Banner in Hope and Glory
Emily Lloyd in Wish You Were Here
Daniel Auteuil in Jean de Florette
Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon

Other worthwhile performances: Robert Downey Jr. Less Than Zero, Anne Ramsey in Throw Mama from the Train, Bill Paxton in Near Dark, John Goodman in Raising Arizona, William Forsyth in Raising Arizona, Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon, Marisa Paredes in In a Glass Cage, Günter Meisner in In a Glass Cage, David Fust in In a Glass Cage

Best Overlooked Performances: Bruce Campbell in Evil Dead 11

1. Kevin Kline in A Fish Called Wanda
2. Glenn Close in Dangerous Liaisons
3. Jeremy Irons in Dead Ringers
4. John Malcovich in Dangerous Liaisons
5. Morgan Freeman in Street Smart
6. Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man
7. Carmen Maura in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
8. Barbara Hershey in A World Apart
9. Kathleen Turner in War of the Roses
10. Isabelle Huppert in Story of Women


Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Kathy Baker in Street Smart
Jodie Foster in The Accused
Melanie Griffith in Working Girl
Gena Rowlands in Another Woman
Tom Cruise in Rain Man
Tom Hanks in Big
Geena Davis in The Accidental Tourist
Catherine Hicks in Child’s Play
Gene Hackman in Mississippi Burning
Francis McDormand in Mississippi Burning

Other worthwhile performances: John Mahoney in Eight Men Out, John Turturro in Five Corners, William Hurt in The Accidental Tourist, Michelle Pfeiffer in Married to the Mob, Dean Stockwell in Married to the Mob, Tom Hulce in Dominic and Eugene, Ray Liotta in Dominic and Eugene, Leslie Nielson in The Naked Gun

Best Overlooked Performances: Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit

1. Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot
2. Annabelle Sciorra in True Love
3. Alan Alda in Crimes and Misdemeanors
4. Martin Landau in Crimes and Misdemeanors
5. John Cusak in Say Anything
6. Michael Gambon in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
7. Matt Dillon in Drugstore Cowboy
8. Kelly Lynch in Drugstore Cowboy
9. Davor Dujmovic in Time of the Gypsies
10. Richard E. Grant in How to Ahead in Advertising


Tom Cruise in Born on the Fourth of July
Danny Aiello in Do the Right Thing
Lena Olin in Enemies: A Love Story
Joseph Long in Queen of Hearts

Other worthwhile performances: Ellen Barkin in Johnny Handsome, Ione Skye in Say Anything, Jeff Goldblum in The Tall Guy, Wynona Ryder in Heathers

Best Overlooked Performances: Annabelle Sciorra in True Love

1. Joe Pesci in Goodfellas
2. Michael Rooker in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
3. Gabrielle Byrne in Miller’s Crossing
4. Annette Benning in The Grifters
5. Ray Liotta in Goodfellas
6. Kathy Bates in Misery
7. Jeremy Irons in Reversal of Fortune
8. John Turturro in Miller’s Crossing
9. Laura Dern in Wild at Heart
10. Jennifer Jason Leigh in Miami Blues


Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands
Kerry Fox in An Angel at My Table
Lena Stolze in The Nasty Girl
Diane Wiest in Edward Scissorhands
Tim Robbins in Jacob’s Ladder
Gary Oldman in State of Grace
Michael Caine in A Shock to the System
Angelica Huston in The Grifters
Mia Farrow in Alice
J.E. Freeman in Miller’s Crossing
Kati Outinen in The Match Factory Girl
Diane Ladd in Wild at Heart
Alec Baldwin in Miami Blues
Larry Drake in Darkman
Robert De Niro in Goodfellas

Other worthwhile performances: Paul Sorvino in Goodfellas, Al Pacino in Dick Tracy, Albert Finney in Miller’s Crossing, Mai Zetterling in The Witches, Joan Cusak in Men Don’t Leave, Willem Dafoe in Wild at Heart, Kim McGuire in Cry-Baby, Marcia Gay Harden in Miller’s Crossing, Angelica Huston in The Witches, Fred Ward in Miami Blues, Tom Towles in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Nicolas Cage in Wild at Heart, Lorraine Bracco in Goodfellas, Frank Vincent in Goodfellas, Chuck Low in Goodfellas, Sherilyn Fenn in Wild at Heart

Best Overlooked Performances: Michael Rooker in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

1. Juliet Stevenson in Truly, Madly, Deeply
2. Laura Dern in Rambling Rose
3. Michael Lerner in Barton Fink
4. Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lanbs
5. Susan Sarandon in Thelma & Louise
6. John Goodman in Barton Fink
7. Gong Li in Raise the Red Lantern
8. Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise
9. John Turturro in Barton Fink
10. River Pheonix in My Own Private Idaho


Gary Oldman in JFK
Donald Sutherland in JFK
Diane Ladd in Rambling Rose
Hugo Weaving in Proof
Peter Greene in Laws of Gravity

Other worthwhile performances: Wendell B. Harris in Chameleon Street, Anne Parilaud in La Femme Nikita, Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs, Maynard Eziashi in Mister Johnson, Juliette Binoche in Lovers Under the Bridge, Tommy Lee Jones in JFK, Rip Torn in Defending Your Life

Best Overlooked Performances: Hugo Weaving in Proof

1. Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross
2. Bill Paxton in One False Move
3. Steve Buschemi in Reservoir Dogs
4. Harvey Keitel in Reservoir Dogs
5. Al Pacino in Glengarry Glen Ross
6. Russell Crowe in Romper Stomper
7. Michael Madsen in Reservoir Dogs
8. Susan Sarandon in Lorenzo’s Oil
9. Sidney Pollack in Husbands and Wives
10. Peter Coyote in Bitter Moon


Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny
Emma Thompson in Howard’s End
Stephen Rea in The Crying Game
Tim Robbins in The Player
Alan Arkin in Glengarry Glen Ross
Greta Scacchi in The Player
Kristen Scott Thomas in Bitter Moon
Gene Hackman in Unforgiven
Woody Allen in Husbands and Wives

Other worthwhile performances: Lawrence Tierney in Reservoir Dogs, Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, Robert Loggia in Innocent Blood, Chris Penn in Reservoir Dogs, Richard E. Grant in The Player, Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, Tim Robbins in Bob Roberts, Mia Farrow in Husbands and Wives, Judy Davis in Husbands and Wives, Bruce Campbell in Army of Darkness

Best Overlooked Performances: Bill Paxton in One False Move

1. Holly Hunter in The Piano
2. David Thewlis in Naked
3. Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List
4. Bill Murray in Groundhog Day
5. Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive
6. Anna Paquin in The Piano
7. Robert De Niro in This Boy’s Life
8. Kevin Costner in A Perfect World
9. Tom Hanks in Philadelphia
10. Daniel Day-Lewis in In the Name of the Father


Pete Postlethwaite in In the Name of the Father
Jesse Bradford in King of the Hill
Colm Meaney in The Snapper
Daniel Auteil in Un Coeur en Hiver
Sean Penn in Carlito’s Way

Other worthwhile performances: Nicholas Hope in Bad Boy Bubby, Leonardo Dicaprio in This Boy’s Life, Robert Duvall in Geronimo: An American Legend, Jeff Bridges in Fearless, , Al Pacino in Carlito’s Way, , Johnny Depp in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Darlene Cates in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, J.T. Walsh in Red Rock West, Dennis Hopper in Red Rock West

Best Overlooked Performances: Kevin Costner in A Perfect World

1. Martin Landau in Ed Wood
2. Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction
3. Johnny Depp in Ed Wood
4. Tommy Lee Jones in Cobb
5. Toni Colette in Muriel’s Wedding
6. Natalie Portman in The Professional
7. Sean Nelson in Fresh
8. Tim Roth in Little Odessa
9. John Travolta in Pulp Fiction
10. Kate Winslet in Heavenly Creatures


Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction
Enrico LoVerso in Lamerica
Harvey Keitel in Pulp Fiction
Elina Lowensohn in Najda
Rena Owen in Once Were Warriors
Temuera Morrison in Once Were Warriors
Linus Roache in Priest

Other worthwhile performances: Linda Fiorentino in The Last Seduction, Ving Rhames in Pulp Fiction, Chazz Palminteri in Bullets Over Broadway, John Turturro in Quiz Show, Dianne Wiest in Bullets Over Broadway, Kathleen Turner in Serial Mom, Claire Danes in Little Women, Ben Kingsley in Death and the Maiden

Best Overlooked Performances: Natalie Portman in The Professional

1. Julianne Moore in Safe
2. Nicole Kidman in To Die For
3. Kristin Scott Thomas in Angels and Insects
4. Julie Delpy in Before Sunrise
5. Kathy Bates in Dolores Clayborne
6. Isabelle Huppert in La Ceremonie
7. Joan Allen in Nixon
8. Ethan Hawke in Before Sunrise
9. Sandrine Bonnaire in La Ceremonie
10. James Cromwell in Babe


Ian McKellan Richard 111
Tim Roth in Rob Roy
Nicholas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas
David Morse in The Crossing Guard
Jennifer Jason Leigh in Georgia
Liam Neeson in Rob Roy
Robert De Niro in Heat

Other worthwhile performances: Johnny Depp in Don Juan Demarko, Mira Sorvino in Mighty Aphrodite, Hwang Sin-Hye in 301/302, Elisabeth Shue in Leaving Las Vegas, Al Pacino in Heat, Emma Thompson in Carrington, Stephen Fry in Carrington, Vincent Cassel in La Haine, Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys, Gabriel Byrne in The Usual Suspects, Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects

Best Overlooked Performances: Kristin Scott Thomas in Angels and Insects ________________________________________

1. Francis McDormand in Fargo
2. William H. Macy in Fargo
3. Laura Dern in Citizen Ruth
4. Owen C. Wilson in Bottle Rocket
5. Reese Witherspoon in Freeway
6. Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking
7. Susan Sarandon in Dead Man Walking
8. Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade
9. Edward Norton in Primal Fear
10. Marianne Jean-Baptiste in Secrets and Lies


Regina Orozco in Deep Crimson
Daniel Giménez Cacho in Deep Crimson
Geoffrey Rush in Shine
Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting
Brenda Blethyn in Secrets and Lies
Catherine Frot in Un Air de Famille
Jérémie Renier in La Promesse
Mads Mikkelson in Pusher

Other worthwhile performances: Steve Buscemi in Fargo, Claire Danes in Romeo + Juliet, James Spader in 2 Days in the Valley, Danny Aeillo in 2 Days in the Valley, Heather Matarazzo in Welcome to the Dollhouse, Jon Favreau in Swingers, Vince Vaughn in Swingers, Jim Carrey in The Cable Guy, Pete Postlethwaite in Brassed Off, Stephen Tompkinson in Brassed Off, Keifer Sutherland in Freeway, Fairuza Balk in The Craft, Kim Bodnia in Pusher, Dan Zukovic in The Last Big Thing

Best Overlooked Performances: Laura Dern in Citizen Ruth, Owen C. Wilson in Bottle Rocket

1. Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown
2. Sarah Polley in The Sweet Hereafter
3. Johnny Depp in Donnie Brasco
4. Aaron Eckhart in In the Company of Men
5. Robert Duvall in The Apostle
6. Ian Holm in The Sweet Hereafter
7. Peter Fonda in Ulee’s Gold
8. Robert Forster in Jackie Brown
9. Robert De Niro in Jackie Brown
10. James Cromwell in L.A. Confidential


Robert Blake in Lost Highway
Julianne Moore in Boogie Nights
Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco
Woody Allen in Deconstructing Harry

Other worthwhile performances: Sean Penn in She’s so Lovely, Alfred Molina in Boogie Nights, Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting, Julie Christy in Afterglow, Ben Affleck in Chasing Amy, Jason Lee in Chasing Amy, Joey Lauren Adams in Chasing Amy, Katrin Cartlidge in Career Girls, Lynda Steadman in Career Girls Daniel Day-Lewis in The Boxer, Stellan Skarsgård in Insomnia, Shifra Lerer in Deconstructing Harry, Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black, Vincent D’Onofrio in Men in Black

Best Overlooked Performances: Sarah Polley in The Sweet Hereafter

1. Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski
2. John Goodman in The Big Lebowski
3. Stephen Fry in Wilde
4. Ian McKellan in Gods and Monsters
5. Jason Schwartzman in Rushmore
6. Christina Ricci in Buffalo ’66
7. Rachel Griffiths in Hilary and Jackie
8. Jason Patric in Your Friends & Neighbors
9. Cate Blanchette in Elizabeth
10. Christina Ricci in The Opposite of Sex


Nick Nolte in Affliction
James Coburn in Affliction
Thomas Jay Ryan in Henry Fool
Emily Watson in Hilary and Jackie
Meryl Streep in One True Thing
Renee Zelweger in One True Thing
Elodie Bouchez in The Dreamlife of Angels
Natacha Regnier in The Dreamlife of Angels
Chloë Sevigny in The Last Days of Disco
Natasha Lyonne in Slums of Beverly Hills
Brendan Gleeson in The General
Billy Bob Thornton in A Simple Plan
Dylan Baker in Happiness
Don Cheadle in Out of Sight
Michael Caine in Little Voice

Other worthwhile performances: Tom Wilkinson in Wilde, Ian Brennan in Waking Ned Devine, David Kelly in Waking Ned Devine, David Thewlis in Besieged, Thandie Newton in Besieged, Billy Crudup in Without Limits Donald Sutherland in Without Limits, Jaime Lee Curtis in Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, Vince Vaughn Return to Paradise, Campbell Scott in The Imposters, Jane Adams in Happiness, Paprika Steen in The Celebration, Ulrich Thomsen in The Celebration, James Woods in Another Day in Paradise, Geoffrey Rush in Shakespeare in Love, Joan Allen in Pleasantville, Michael Lerner in Safe Men, Eamonn Owens in The Butcher Boy, Robert Downey Jr. in Two Girls and a Guy, Jane Horrocks in Little Voice

Best Overlooked Performances: Christina Ricci in Buffalo ’66

1. Reese Witherspoon in Election
2. Heather Donahue in The Blair Witch Project
3. Richard Farnsworth in The Straight Story
4. Samantha Morton in Sweet and Lowdown
5. Jim Broadbent in Topsy-Turvy
6. Sean Penn in Sweet and Lowdown
7. Tom Cruise in Magnolia
8. Annette Benning in American Beauty
9. Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry
10. John C. Reilly in Magnolia


Jason Robards in Magnolia
Janet McTeer in Tumbleweeds
Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut
Chloë Sevigny in Boys Don’t Cry
John Malkovich in Being John Malkovich
Kirsten Dunst in Dick
Michelle Williams in Dick
William H. Macy in Magnolia
Kevin Spacey in American Beauty
Mena Suvari in American Beauty
Christian Bale in American Psycho

Other worthwhile performances: Clark Gregg in The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, Gary Cole in Office Space, Hugo Weaving in The Matrix, Chris Klein in Election, Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You, Allison Janney in 10 Things I Hate About You, Steve Zahn in Happy Texas, Bob Hoskins in Felicia’s Journey, Sam Rockwell in Galaxy Quest, Alan Rickman in Galaxy Quest, Jeff Bridges in Arlington Road, Nigel Hawthorne in The Winslow Boy, Rupert Everett in An Ideal Husband, Julianne Moore in An Ideal Husband

Best Overlooked Performances: Heather Donahue in The Blair Witch Project

1. Eric Bana in Chopper
2. Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream
3. Mark Ruffalo inYou Can Count on Me
4. Laura Linney in You Can Count on Me
5. Tom Hanks in Castaway
6. Benicio Del Toro in Traffic
7. Fred Willard in Best in Show
8. Tim Blake Nelson in O Brother, Where Art Thou?
9. Donald Sutherland in Panic
10. Mike White in Chuck & Buck


Jack Nicholson in The Pledge
Javier Bardem in Before Night Falls
Charlotte Rampling in Under the Sand
Peter Mullan in The Claim
Billy Crudup in Waking the Dead

Other worthwhile performances: Michelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Zhang Ziyi in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Christian Bale in American Psycho, Tracey Ullman in Small Time Crooks, Ed Harris in Pollock, William H. Macy in Panic, Maggie Cheung in In The Mood for Love, Tony Leung in In the Mood for Love, John Cusak in High Fidelity, Jack Black in High Fidelity, Francis McDormand in Almost Famous, Robert De Niro in Meet the Parents, Jaime Bell in Billy Elliott, Michael Rispoli in Two Family House, Oliver Platt in Gun Shy, Jennifer Connelly in Waking the Dead, Anna Levine Thompson in Water Drops on Burning Rocks

Best Overlooked Performances: Mike White in Chuck & Buck

1. Naomi Watts in Mulholland Dr.
2. Isabelle Huppert in The Piano Teacher
3. Thora Birch in Ghost World
4. Rachel Miner in Bully
5. Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Diary
6. Peter Mullan in Session 9
7. Denzel Washington in Training Day
8. Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums
9. Guy Pearce in Memento
10. John Cameron Mitchell in Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Steve Buscemi in Ghost World
Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast
Joe Pantoliano in Memento
Pierce Brosnan in The Tailor of Panama
Carrie-Anne Moss in Memento
Branko Djuric in No Man’s Land

Other worthwhile performances: Emily Perkins in Ginger Snaps, Billy Bob Thornton in The Who Wasn’t There, Tony Shaloub in, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Stephen Fry in Gosford Park, Maggie Smith in Gosford Park, Brad Renfro in Bully, Ronit Elkabetz in Late Marriage

Best Overlooked Performances: Rachel Miner in Bully

1. Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York
2. Geraldine McEwan in The Magdalene Sisters
3. Julianne Moore in Far From Heaven
4. Maggie Gyllenhaal in Secretary
5. Maribel Verdú in Y tu mamá también
6. Nicolas Cage in Adaptation.
7. Campbell Scott in Roger Dodger
8. Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt
9. Sam Rockwell in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
10. Oksana Akinshina in Lilya 4-Ever


Dominique Blanc in After the Life
James Nesbitt in Bloody Sunday
Adrian Brody in The Pianist
Michael Caine in The Quiet American
Marrku Peltola in The Man Without a Past
Olivier Gourmet in The Son
Raymond J. Barry in Interview with the Assassin

Other worthwhile performances: Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love, Alan Arkin in Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Steve Coogan in 24 Hour Party People, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in Femme Fatale, Andy Serkis in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Alfred Molina in Frida, Chitwetel Ejiofor in Dirty Pretty Things, Javier Bardem in The Dancer Upstairs, Sebastian Urzendowsky in The Child I Never Was

Best Overlooked Performances: Geraldine McEwan in The Magdalene Sisters

1. Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2. Charlize Theron in Monster
3. Naomi Watts in 21 Grams
4. Shin Ha-kyun in Save the Green Planet!
5. Eva Löbau in The Forest for the Trees
6. Paul Giamatti in American Splendor
7. Russell Crowe in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
8. Paul Bettany in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
9. Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, Vol. 1
10. Oksana Akinshina in Lilya 4-Ever


Hope Davis in American Splendor
Benicio Del Toro in 21 Grams
Baek Yun-shik in Save the Green Planet!
Jack Black in The School of Rock
Renée Zellweger in Cold Mountain
Hope Davis in The Secret Lives of Dentists
Olivier Gourmet in The Son
Jean Rocheforte in Man on the Train
Campbell Scott in The Secret Lives of Dentists
Sean Penn in Mystic River
Tim Robbins in Mystic River

Other worthwhile performances: Evan Rachel Wood in Thirteen, Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa, Alec Baldwin in The Cooler, Matt Damon in Gerry, Casey Affleck in Gerry, Brendan Gleeson in 28 Days Later, Catherine O’Hara in A Mighty Wind, Sean Penn in 21 Grams, Lin Shaye in Dead End

Best Overlooked Performances: Oksana Akinshina in Lilya 4-Ever

1. Imelda Stauton in Vera Drake
2. Julie Delpy in Before Sunset
3. Ethan Hawke in Before Sunset
4. Jean-Pierre Dorroussin in Red Lights
5. Catalina Sandino Moreno in Maria Full of Grace
6. Paul Giamatti in Sideways
7. Nicole Kidman in Birth
8. Virginia Madsen in Sideways
9. Blanchard Ryan in Open Water
10. Daniel Travis in Open Water


Clive Owen in Closer
Nicole Kidman in Dogville
Thomas Haden Church in Sideways
Natalie Portman in Closer
Bruno Ganz in Downfall

Other worthwhile performances: Daryl Hannah in Kill Bill Vol. 2, David Carradine in Kill Bill Vol. 2, Simon Pegg in Shawn of the Dead, Ben Stiller in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Best Overlooked Performances: Jean-Pierre Dorroussin in Red Lights

1. Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain
2. Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Capote
3. Jeff Daniels in The Squid and the Whale
4. David Strathairn in Good Night, and Good Luck.
5. William Hurt in A History of Violence
6. Amy Adams in Junebug.
7. Ed Harris in A History of Violence
8. Viggo Mortensen in A History of Violence
9. Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line
10. Pierce Bronson in The Matador


Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain
Maria Bello in A History of Violence
Paul Giamatti in Cinderella Man
Juliette Binoche in Caché
Daniel Auteuil in Caché
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Mysterious Skin
Judy Dench in Notes on a Scandal

Other worthwhile performances: Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line, Mickey Rourke in Sin City, William H. Macy in Edmond, Felicity Huffman in Transamerica, Robert Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Val Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Jesse Eisenberg in The Squid and the Whale, Catherine Keener in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Laura Linney in The Squid and the Whale, Greg Kinnear in The Matador, Steve Carrell in The 40-Year Old Virgin, Julia Schacht in Next Door

Best Overlooked Performances: Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Mysterious Skin

1. Maggie Gyllenhaal in SherryBaby
2. Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson
3. Laura Dern in Inland Empire
4. Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland
5. Helen Mirren in The Queen
6. Gretchen Moll in The Notorious Bettie Page
7. Penelope Cruz in Volver
8. Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat
9. Matt Wahlberg in The Departed
10. Matt Damon in The Departed


Jack Nicholson in The Departed
Ko Hyun-joung in Woman on the Beach
Shareeka Epps in Half Nelson
Naomi Watts in The Painted Veil

Other worthwhile performances: Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, Mads Mikkelson in Casino Royale, Eva Green in Casino Royale, Jackie Earle Haley in Little Children, Steve Coogan in Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, Ion Fiscuteanu in The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Ray Winstone in The Departed, Danny Huston in The Proposition, Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep in A Prairie Home Companion, Lily Tomlin in A Prairie Home Companion, Rinko Kikuchi in Babel, Francois Cluzet in Tell No One, Rob Brydon in Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, Ulrich Muhe in The Lives of Others, Woody Harrelson in A Prairie Home Companion, Grace Zabriskie in Inland Empire

Best Overlooked Performances: Gretchen Moll in The Notorious Bettie Page

1. Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will be Blood
2. Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men
3. Jeon Do-yeon in Secret Sunshine
4. Amy Adams in Enchanted
5. Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone
6. Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose
7. Josh Brolin in No Country for Old Men
8. Keri Russell in Waitress
9. Cate Blanchett in I’m Not There
10. Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford


Tommy Lee Jones in No Country for Old Men
Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises
Michael Shannon in Bug
Ashley Judd in Bug
Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
Kurt Russell in Grindhouse
Nicole Kidman in Margot at the Wedding
Anamaria Morinca in 4 Months, Three Weeks and Two Days
Julie Christy in Away From Her
Ben Foster in 3:10 to Yuma
Anna Faris in Smiley Face
Margherita Buy in Days and Clouds
Antonio Albanese in Days and Clouds
Molly Shannon in Year of the Dog

Other worthwhile performances: Christopher Mintz-Plasse in Superbad, Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton, Jennifer Jason Leigh in Margot at the Wedding, Kelly Macdonald in No Country for Old Men, George Clooney in Michael Clayton, Vlad Ivanov in 4 Months, Three Weeks and Two Days, Cate Blanchette in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Carice van Houten in Black Book, Christina Ricci in Black Snake Moan, Rose McGowan in Grindhouse, Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton, Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Imelda Staunton in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Gene Jones in No Country for Old Men

Best Overlooked Performances: Anna Faris in Smiley Face

1. Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
2. Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
3. Sean Penn in Milk
4. Michael Fassbender in Hunger
5. Tilda Swinton in Julia
6. Anna Faris in The House Bunny
7. Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married
8. Penelope Cruz in Vicki Christina Barcelona
9. Rosemary DeWitt in Rachel Getting Married
10. John Malcovich in Burn After Reading


Katie Jarvis in Fish Tank
Michael Fassbender in Fish Tank

Dore Mann in Frownland
Kate Winslet in The Reader
Melissa Leo in Frozen River
Cantinca Untaru in The Fall
Michelle Williams in Wendy and Lucy
Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder
Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Synecdoche, New York
Andrew Garfield in Boy A
Colin Farrell in In Bruges
Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler
Lina Leandersson in Let the Right One In
Viola Davis in Doubt
Javier Bardem in Vicki Christina Barcelona
Rebecca Hall in Vicky Christina Barcelona
Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon
Michael Sheen in Frost/Nixon
Joaquin Phoenix in Two Lovers
Josh Brolin in Milk
Eddie Marsan in Happy-Go-Lucky
Kristen Scott Thomas in I’ve loved You So Long
Jean-Claude Van Damme in JVCD
Charles Berling in Summer Hours
Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker
Liam Cunningham in Hunger

Other worthwhile performances: Russell Brand in Forgetting Sarah Marshall,
Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading, Meryl Streep in Doubt, Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man, Viggo Mortensen in Appaloosa, Jeff Bridges in Iron Man, Brendan Gleeson in In Bruges, Amy Adams in Doubt, Ed Harris in Appaloosa, Mena Suvari in Stuck, Geoffrey Rush in Stuck, Emily Mortimer in Transsiberian, Mathieu Amalric in A Christmas Tale, Jason Statham in The Bank Job, Lizzy Caplan in Cloverfield, Mark Strong in Body of Lies, François Bégaudeau in The Class, Ralph Fiennes in The Duchess and In in Bruges, Brendan Gleeson in In Bruges, Michael Pitt in Funny Games, Kåre Hedebrant in Let the Right One In, David Cross in The Reader, Matt Boren in Momma’s Man, Anthony Mackie in The Hurt Locker, Juliette Binoche in Summer Hours, Edith Scob in Summer Hours

Best Overlooked Performances: Jean-Claude Van Damme in JVCD


1. Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds
2. Kim Hye-ja in Mother
3. Christian McKay in Me and Orson Welles
4. Peter Capaldi in In the Loop
5. Matt Damon in The Informant!
6. Colin Firth in A Single Man
7. Charlotte Gainsbourg in Antichrist
8. Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker
9. Sam Rockwell in Moon
10. Birgit Minichmayr in Everyone Else

Giovanna Mezzogiorno in Vincere
Ciarán Hinds in Life During Wartime
Charlotte Rampling in Life During Wartime
Niels Arestrup in A Prophet
Michael Fassbender in Inglourious Basterds
Abbie Cornish in Bright Star
Mo’Nique in Precious
Kelly Macdonald in The Merry Gentleman
Carey Mulligan in An Education
Fred Melamed in A Serious Man
Tom Noonan in The House of the Devil
Penelope Cruz in Broken Embraces
Paul Schneider in Bright Star
Anthony Mackie in The Hurt Locker
Rosamund Pike in An Education
Diane Kruger in Inglourious Basterds
Mélanie Laurent in Inglourious Basterds
Adel Bencherif in A Prophet
Sean Bean in Red Riding 1974
Paddy Considine in Red Riding 1980
Sean Harris in Red Riding 1980
Giovanna Mezzogiorno in Vincere

Other worthwhile performances: Catalina Saavedra in The Maid, Jocelin Donahue in The House of the Devil, Saoirse Ronan in The Lovely Bones, Kim Ok-bin in Thirst
Nicolas Cage in The Bad Lieutenant — Port of Call: New Orleans, Stephen McHattie in Pontypool, Michael Stuhlbarg in A Serious Man, Tom Hardy in Bronson, Patton Oswalt in Big Fan, Sharlto Copley in District 9, Mark Duplass in Humpday, Chris Pine in Star Trek, Adam Sandler in Funny People, Ben Whishaw in Bright Star
Michael Jai White in Black Dynamite, Ben Foster in The Messenger, Joshua Leonard in Humpday, Jackie Earle Haley in Watchmen, Daryl Sabara in World’s Greatest Dad, Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover, Vlad Ivanov in Police, Adjective, Zachary Quinto in Star Trek, August Diehl in Inglourious Basterds, Alfred Molina in An Education, Woody Harrelson in The Messenger, Jason Bateman in State of Play, Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air, Mimi Kennedy in In the Loop, Greta Gerwig in The House of the Devil, Tahar Rahim in A Prophet, Andrew Garfield in Red Riding 1974, Mads Mikkelson in Valhalla Rising, Dieter Laser in The Human Centipede, Bin Won in Mother

Best Overlooked Performances: Christian McKay in Me and Orson Welles, Charlotte Gainsbourg in Antichrist, Sam Rockwell in Moon, Kelly Macdonald in The Merry Gentleman, Fred Melamed in A Serious Man, Tom Noonan in The House of the Devil

1. John Hawkes in Winter’s Bone
2. Natalie Portman in Black Swan
3. Choi Min-sik in I Saw the Devil
4. Ronald Bronstein in Daddy Longlegs
5. Édgar Ramírez in Carlos
6. Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network
7. Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine
8. Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine
9. Chloë Grace Moretz in Kick-Ass
10. Bruce Greenwood in Meek’s Cutoff


Jemima Kirke in Tiny Furniture
Juliette Binoche in Certified Copy
Yun Jeong-hie in Poetry
Juno Temple in Kaboom
Joaquin Phoenix in I’m Still Here
Monica del Carmen in Leap Year
Olivia Williams in The Ghost Writer
Ben Stiller in Greenberg
Greta Gerwig in Greenberg
Dale Dickey in Winter’s Bone
Armie Hammer in The Social Network
Helena Bonham Carter in Alice in Wonderland
George Clooney in The American
Colin Firth in The King’s Speech
Annette Benning in The Kids Are All Right
Ben Mendelsohn in Animal Kingdom
Vincent Cassel in Black Swan
Ellen Wong in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole
Jim Broadbent in Another Year
Patrick Fabian in The Last Exorcism
Jeon Do-yeon in The Housemaid
Craig Roberts in Submarine

Other worthwhile performances: Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone, Emma Stone in Easy A, Rebecca Hall in The Town, Catherine Keener in Please Give, Ashley Bell in The Last Exorcism, Ryan Gosling in All Good Things, John C. Riley in Cyrus, Jonah Hill in Cyrus, Ben Affleck in The Town, Mark Ruffalo in The Kids Are All Right, Andrew Garfield in The Social Network, Pete Postlethwaite in The Town, Pierce Brosnan in The Ghost Writer, Amanda Peet in Please Give, Mila Kunis in Black Swan, Marion Cotillard in Inception, Blake Lively in The Town, Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Gemma Jones in You’ll Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech, James Franco in 127 Hours, Mia Wasikowska in Alice in Wonderland, Jay Baruchel in The Trotsky, Brian Geraghty in Easier with Practice, Kodi Smit-McPhee in Let Me In, Michael Shannon in The Runaways, Christian Bale in The Fighter, Scoot McNairy in Monsters, Jeremy Renner in The Town, Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech, Jackie Weaver in Animal Kingdom, Ruth Sheen in Another Year, Tyline Labine in Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Alan Tudyk in Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Noah Taylor in Submarine, Ellen Page in Super

Best Overlooked Performances: Ronald Bronstein in Daddy Longlegs, Joaquin Phoenix in I’m Still Here, Chloë Grace Moretz in Kick-Ass, Dale Dickey in Winter’s Bone , Jay Baruchel in The Trotsky, Brian Geraghty in Easier with Practice, Armie Hammer in The Social Network, Patrick Fabian in The Last Exorcism



1. Anna Paquin in Margaret
2. Rachel Weisz in The Deep Blue Sea
3. Michael Fassbender in Shame
4. Michael Shannon in Take Shelter
5. Saoirse Ronan in Hanna
6. Albert Brooks in Drive
7. John C. Reilly in Terri
8. Brendan Gleeson in The Guard
9. J-Smith Cameron in Margaret
10. Tom Hardy in Warrior


Daniel Henshall in The Snowtown Murders
Rosemarie DeWitt in Your Sister’s Sister
Mark Duplass in Your Sister’s Sister
Gretchen Lodge in Lovely Molly
Carey Mulligan in Shame
Peyman Moadi in A Separation
Jeannie Berlin in Margaret
Charlotte Gainsbourg in Melancholia
James Hong in Kung Fu Panda 2
Leila Hatami in A Separation
Charlize Theron in Young Adult
Mia Wasikowska in Jane Eyre
Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn
Brad Pitt in The Tree of Life
Seth Rogen in 50/50
John C. Reilly in Cedar Rapids
Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids
Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe
Amy Seimetz in The Off Hours
Brit Marling in Sound of My Voice
Jane Dornfeld in Aluce Kills

Other worthwhile performances: Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia, Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids, Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady, Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Elena Anaya in The Skin I Live In, Viola Davis in The Help, Brad Pitt in Moneyball, Ryan Gosling in Drive, Jean Dujardin in The Artist, Steve Coogan in The Trip, Rob Brydon in The Trip, Joel Edgerton in Warrior, Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 50/50, Tom Cullen in Weekend, Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Christopher Plummer in Beginners, Shahab Hosseini in A Separation, Chris New in Weekend, Jonah Hill in Moneyball, Nick Nolte in Warrior, Bryan Cranston in Drive, Bobby Cannavale in Win Win, Sareh Bayat in A Separation, Jessica Chastain in The Help, Alice Barnole in House of Tolerance, Bérénice Bejo in The Artist, Octavia Spencer in The Help, Allison Janney in Margaret, Cate Blanchett in Hanna, Anna Kendrick in 50/50, Carice van Houten in Black Death, Lola Créton in Goodbye First Love, Juno Temple in Killer Joe, Gina Gershon in Killer Joe, Jack Black in Bernie, Jordan Gelber in Dark Horse, Stephanie Sigman in Miss Bala, Nadezhda Markina in Elena, Michelle Williams in Take This Waltz, Anders Danielsen Lie in Oslo, August 31st, Simon Russell Beale in The Deep Blue Sea, Tom Hiddleston in The Deep Blue Sea, Amy Seimetz in The Off Hours, Sharni Vinson in You’re Next, Andrew Swant in The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

Best Overlooked Performance: Anna Paquin in Margaret


1. Denis Lavant in Holy Motors
2. Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln
3. Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained
4. Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master
5. Joaquin Phoenix in The Master
6. Michael Shannon in The Iceman
7. Tim Heidecker in The Comedy
8. Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike
9. Amy Adams in The Master
10. Greta Gerwig in Damsels in Distress


Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
Greta Gerwig in Frances Ha
Alice Lowe in Sightseers
Steve Oram in Sightseers
Matthew McConaughey in Mud
Brady Corbet in Simon Killer
Ann Dowd in Compliance
Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables
Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises
Sarah Silverman in Wreck-It Ralph
Jean-Louis Trintignant in Amour
Louisa Krause in King Kelly
Gretchen Lodge in Lovely Molly
James Gandolfini in Killing Them Softly
Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained
Christopher Walken in Seven Psychopaths
Thure Lindhardt in Keep the Lights On
James Franco in Spring Breakers
Kate Lyn Sheil in Sun Don’t Shine
Ray Liotta in Killing Them Softly
Amy Acker in Much Ado About Nothing
Nathan Fillion in Much Ado About Nothing

Other worthwhile performances: Brad Pitt in Killing Them Softly, Richard Gere in Arbitrage, Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect, Zoe Kazan in Ruby Sparks, Jeffrey Combs in Would You Rather, Anna Camp in Pitch Perfect, Rebel Wilson in Pitch Perfect, Elizabeth Banks in Pitch Perfect, Judy Dench in Skyfall, Jason Clarke in Zero Dark Thirty, John Michael Higgins in Pitch Perfect, Javier Bardem in Skyfall, Alan Arkin in Argo, Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained, Jake Gyllenhaal in End of Watch, Michael Peña in End of Watch, Denzel Washington in Flight, Scoot McNairy in Killing Them Softly, Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook, Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty, Jennifer Ehle in Zero Dark Thirty, Edith Scob in Holy Motors, Thure Lindhardt in Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal, Vinny Curran in Resolution, Ray Liotta in The Iceman, Jo Min-soo in Pieta, Toby Jones in Berberian Sound Studio, Gemma Arterton in Byzantium, Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt, Rachel McAdams in Passion, Martina Gedeck in The Wall

Best Overlooked Performances: Tim Heidecker in The Comedy, Louisa Krause in King Kelly, Gretchen Lodge in Lovely Molly, Jeffrey Combs in Would You Rather

3 Responses to “Top Ten Performances”

  1. WOW!!! What a list of top performances. As I looked at this site I was taken back to when I was younger and had seen quite a few of the movies. And for the performances that I remember, I would have picked the same as you did. You did a great job on this and I am amazed that you have seen so many movies.

  2. Wow! Your site is amazing. Even for those instances where we disagree, I imagine we would have some interesting discussions.

    What are your future plans with this very informative site?

  3. Thanks for asking. I am in the process of compiling a “Top Ten Film Score” list similar to the other “Top Ten ” lists on the site.

    I am currently writing a review of Once Upon a Time in the West, which I hope to post in January.

    Also, awards season is coming up and I will be presenting the 3rd Annual Noff Awards. The nominations will be announced in February, with the winners to be announced in March to coincide with the Oscars.