Greatest Film Performances by Year (US/UK) 2010 - 2018

2018
  1. Olivia Colman - The Favourite
  2. Christian Bale - Vice
  3. Glenn Close - The Wife
  4. Willem Dafoe - At Eternity's Gate
  5. Richard E. Grant - Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  6. Rami Malek - Bohemian Rhapsody
  7. Lady Gaga - A Star Is Born
  8. Regina King - If Beale Street Could Talk
  9. Melissa McCarthy - Can You Ever Forgive Me?
10. Elsie Fisher - Eighth Grade
11. Toni Collette - Hereditary
12. Mahershala Ali - Green Book
13. Amy Adams - Vice
14. Viggo Mortensen - Green Book
15. Bradley Cooper - A Star Is Born
16. Charlize Theron - Tully
17. John David Washington - BlacKkKlansman
18. Rachel Weisz - The Favourite
19. Natalie Portman - Annihilation
20. Michael B. Jordan - Black Panther

2017
  1. Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour
  2. Frances McDormand - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  3. Ethan Hawke - First Reformed
  4. Sam Rockwell - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  5. Sally Hawkins - The Shape of Water
  6. Timothée Chalamet - Call Me by Your Name
  7. Allison Janney - I, Tonya
  8. Daniel Kaluuya - Get Out
  9. Saoirse Ronan - Lady Bird
10. James Franco - The Disaster Artist
11. Daniel Day-Lewis - Phantom Thread
12. Willem Dafoe - The Florida Project
13. Margot Robbie - I, Tonya
14. Woody Harrelson - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
15. Laurie Metcalf - Lady Bird
16. Lesley Manville - Phantom Thread
17. Mary J. Blige - Mudbound
18. Harry Dean Stanton - Lucky
19. Brooklynn Prince - The Florida Project
20. Ryan Gosling - Blade Runner 2049

2016
  1. Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea
  2. Natalie Portman - Jackie
  3. Emma Stone - La La Land
  4. Mahershala Ali - Moonlight
  5. Viola Davis - Fences
  6. Denzel Washington - Fences
  7. Viggo Mortensen - Captain Fantastic
  8. Michelle Williams - Manchester by the Sea
  9. Amy Adams - Arrival
10. Andrew Garfield - Silence
11. Ruth Negga - Loving
12. Annette Bening - 20th Century Women
13. Adam Driver - Paterson
14. Ryan Gosling - La La Land
15. Jeff Bridges - Hell or High Water
16. Taraji P. Henson - Hidden Figures
17. Joel Edgerton - Loving
18. Andrew Garfield - Hacksaw Ridge
19. Meryl Streep - Florence Foster Jenkins
20. Naomie Harris - Moonlight

2015
  1. Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
  2. Brie Larson - Room
  3. Cate Blanchett - Carol
  4. Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs
  5. Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina
  6. Rooney Mara - Carol
  7. Matt Damon - The Martian
  8. Jacob Tremblay - Room
  9. Tom Hardy - The Revenant
10. Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs
11. Idris Elba - Beasts of No Nation
12. Bryan Cranston - Trumbo
13. Johnny Depp - Black Mass
14. Charlotte Rampling - 45 Years
15. Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl
16. Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn
17. Sylvester Stallone - Creed
18. Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight
19. Tom Courtenay - 45 Years
20. Mark Ruffalo - Spotlight

2014
  1. J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
  2. Michael Keaton - Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
  4. Julianne Moore - Still Alice
  5. Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
  6. Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler
  7. Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
  8. Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
  9. Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel
10. David Oyelowo - Selma
11. Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
12. Emma Stone - Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
13. Matthew McConaughey - Interstellar
14. Edward Norton - Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
15. Reese Witherspoon - Wild
16. Andy Serkis - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
17. Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
18. Rene Russo - Nightcrawler
19. Steve Carell - Foxcatcher
20. Brendan Gleeson - Calvary

2013
  1. Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
  2. Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street
  3. Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
  4. Sandra Bullock - Gravity
  5. Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
  6. Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
  7. Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
  8. Bruce Dern - Nebraska
  9. Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
10. Joaquin Phoenix - Her
11. Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips
12. Christian Bale - American Hustle
13. Judi Dench - Philomena
14. Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
15. James McAvoy - Filth
16. Amy Adams - American Hustle
17. Robert Redford - All Is Lost
18. Oscar Isaac - Inside Llewyn Davis
19. Julie Delpy - Before Midnight
20. Brie Larson - Short Term 12

2012
  1. Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
  2. Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
  3. Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
  4. Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
  5. Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
  6. Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
  7. Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild
  8. Javier Bardem - Skyfall
  9. Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables
10. Naomi Watts - The Impossible
11. Amy Adams - The Master
12. Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
13. John Hawkes - The Sessions
14. Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
15. Denzel Washington - Flight
16. Leonardo DiCaprio - Django Unchained
17. Hugh Jackman - Les Misérables
18. Helen Hunt - The Sessions
19. Greta Gerwig - Frances Ha
20. Sally Fields - Lincoln

2011
  1. Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
  2. Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  3. Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  4. Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn
  5. Michael Fassbender - Shame
  6. George Clooney - The Descendants
  7. Albert Brooks - Drive
  8. Christopher Plummer - Beginners
  9. Jean Dujardin - The Artist
10. Ryan Gosling - Drive
11. Viola Davis - The Help
12. Michael Shannon - Take Shelter
13. Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene
14. Kirsten Dunst - Melancholia
15. Octavia Spencer - The Help
16. Brendan Gleeson - The Guard
17. Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin
18. Demián Bichir - A Better Life
19. Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
20. Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs

2010
  1. Natalie Portman - Black Swan
  2. Christian Bale - The Fighter
  3. Colin Firth - The King's Speech
  4. Melissa Leo - The Fighter
  5. Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
  6. Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone
  7. James Franco - 127 Hours
  8. Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine
  9. Robert Duvall - Get Low
10. Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
11. Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech
12. Carey Mulligan - Never Let Me Go
13. Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine
14. Leonardo DiCaprio - Shutter Island
15. Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit
16. Mark Ruffalo - The Kids Are All Right
17. Mila Kunis - Black Swan
18. Jeff Bridges - True Grit
19. Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right
20. Amy Adams - The Fighter


Last Updated: 2019-07-07

Criteria: Film Performances are ranked based on initial and lasting acclaim, popular and cultural recognition, plus influence. In order to qualify for a list the performance has to come from a predominately English-language film produced or co-produced by American or British production companies.