It’s day three of my look back at the best performances of 2018. The supporting categories are in the books and now we move to the leads. Narrowing down the Lead Actress category to only five proved to be a brutal task but you know the rules. So here they are.
#5 – Regina Hall (“Support the Girls”)
This surprisingly intimate and utterly charming little indie features a central performance by Regina Hall that should not be missed. She manages a near perfect combination of drama and comedy while giving us one of the truest characters of the year. A career best for Hall.
#4 – Lady Gaga (“A Star is Born”)
What else can you say about Lady Gaga’s sparkling performance? Her first starring role in a feature film is an absolute knockout. Through a surprisingly strong mix of acting and song, Gaga infuses the entire film with heart and warmth. She’s truly an eye-opener.
#3 – Emily Blunt (“A Quiet Place”)
Oh how I adore “A Quiet Place” and Emily Blunt is one of the biggest reasons for that. Despite such little dialogue, she has no trouble conveying the swirl of feelings her character encounters. And whether she’s quietly grieving or fiercely protecting her family, Blunt just kills it.
#2 – Thomasin McKenzie (“Leave No Trace”)
Here is a shining example of how quiet and gentle work in front of the camera can take your breath away. I adored Thomasin McKenzie’s heart-wrenching performance. She sheds her character’s wide-eyed innocence right before our eyes and she had me deeply invested every step of the way.
#1 – Carey Mulligan (“Wildlife”)
In a year with several stand-out performances none grabbed me quite like Carey Mulligan in “Wildlife”. She has always been a great but often underappreciated actress. Here her stunning portrait of a woman on the brink deserves so much more attention. It’s such a shame more people haven’t seen it.
So how did I do? Let me know in the comments section below. And that leaves us with one more category – Lead Actor. See you tomorrow.