Its that time of the year again everyone, time for the all important end of the year, 'best lists.' Over the past couple of weeks, I've been playing catch up on a ton of must see films, before I could get to my personal list. Now, I've finally gotten a chance to see everything from 2017 that I really needed to see.
So as the title above informs you, my first end of the year list is for my favorite/best/standout performances of the year. First though, I'll give you a quick rundown of some of my honorable mentions.
These honorable mentions are in no particular order and they all actually barely missed the top five below, the ones who made the top five just really touched me. Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird, Jake Gllenhaal for Stronger, John Boyega For Detroit, Tessa Thompson for Thor: Ragnarok, Andy Serkis for War for the Planet of the Apes, Adam Driver for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Aubrey Plaza for Ingrid Goes West, Francis McDormand for Three Billboards, Tiffany Haddish for Girls Trip, Gary Oldmen for Darkest Hour, Patrick Stewart for Logan, Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project, Allison Janney for I, Tonya, Robert Pattinson for Good Time, O'Shea Jackson Jr. for Ingrid Goes West, Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out, Kelvin Harrison Jr. for It Comes at Night, Harrison Ford for Blade Runner 2049, Jennifer Lawrence for Mother!, Mark Hamill for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jamie Foxx for Baby Driver, Jeremy Renner for Wind River, Will Poulter for Detroit, and finally Sophia Lillis for IT.
Without further ado here is my top five favorite/best/standout performances of the 2017!
5. Sylvia Hoeks, Blade Runner 2049
Talk about a breakthrough performance, If I had to make that list, Sylvia would be far and away the breakout performer of 2017 in my opinion. For someone who've I've never even heard of or seen in anything to have such a riveting and morally thought provoking performance is an astonishing one to behold. In one of the best films of the year, surrounded by some of the best actors of today, Sylvia was able to out shine heavy hitters like Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, and Jared Leto in my fifth favorite performance of 2017. Sylvia Hoeks simply put, steals this film as the volatile, menacing, and mesmerizing character known only as Luv.
4. Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
Perhaps the most underrated actor of our time. Sam Rockwell year after year, unique film role, after unique film role continually impresses me with his unbelievable on screen presence. He is one of my favorite character actors of all-time. Rockwell's latest amazing role, is that of a very despicable, but sympathic character named Dixon in director Martin McDonagh's shockingly great new film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Rockwell's performance as Deputy Dixon is or should be a shoe in for a best supporting actor nod from the Academy later this month.
3. Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Finding out that Margot Robbie, an Australian born actress had never even heard of the infamous figure skating champion Tonya Harding before reading the script for I, Tonya makes her performance as the titular character all the more impressive. If you haven't seen the film yet, which I figure many of you haven't, this film is a must watch of the year. Even though this film is filled with great performances, its Robbie who centers this true-life tale. Throughout the span of this impressively crafted film by journeyman director Craig Gillespie, Robbie truly becomes Tonya Harding for multiple decades, from her teenage years, into her record breaking American sweetheart skating era, and finally into the darkness filled and insanely pitiful fall out of her life. Margot Robbie may very well win best actress at the Oscars later on this year.
2. Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Lady Bird is a film that's currently hovering in my top three favorite films of the year, so it should come as no surprise that one of my favorite performances of the year is in this instant coming-of-age classic. Veteran actress Laurie Metcalf's incredible performance as Marion McPherson aka Lady Bird's mother is one that will at different points in the film, will have you laughing, filling with rage, and finally, completely in tears by the films's end. Director Greta Gerwig's directorial debut should nab Laurie Metcalf her very first Academy Award for best supporting actress.
1. Hugh Jackman, Logan
Hugh Jackman's emotionally charged and powerful final turn as the legendary X-Men character Wolverine in director James Mangold's "epic" Logan is the best performance Jackman has ever given. Hugh Jackman's multi-layered performance as Logan over the past 17 years finally comes to complete fruition in this heart-breaking final chapter in the Wolverine X-Men saga. Hugh Jackman above all other actors this year deserves a best actor nomination by the Academy Awards in this career defining performance. If he doesn't receive one, it will be a damn shame and potentially an out right crime. I will be shocked. This is a performance for the ages!
Well there you have it guys and gals, my favorite performances of the year! What are your thoughts on my list? Do you agree or disagree? Please, leave me your thoughts in the comments below. As always, thanks for stopping by EastCoastMovieGuys!