Sat. Oct 19th, 2019

AwardsWatch’s 50 Favourite Performances of 2018

Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman reign in The Favourite

The battle for the favourite performance of 2018 turned out to be a real battle of The Favourite(s). Co-stars Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz took the top 2 spots on the AwardsWatch annual list of favourite performances of the year.

It was the second time that the top two spots were LGBTQ characters and lovers to boot (Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett were #1 and #2, respectively, for 2015’s Carol).

Now in its 12th year, the members of AwardsWatch’s forums have voted on what they think were the best film performances of 2018. Voting began with a shortlist in Phase I and then final voting in Phase II where members ranked their top 15 to create the point-based final list.

Previous winners have included: Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name – 2017), Isabelle Huppert (Elle – 2016) and Rooney Mara (Carol – 2015).

This year, 114 ballots were received (up from 111 in 2017) with 20 male + 30 female performances making it to the final list (the same as 2017).

Of the 20 acting Oscar nominees for 2018, seven performances did not make the cut. Only Best Actress had all five nominees find a place on AW’s list. See full list below to see who made it and who fell short.

Four films earned three spots apiece on the list.

Huge thanks and praise to AW forum members alilou for compiling the results and olivivien for the gorgeous graphics.

Here are AwardsWatch’s 50 Favourite Performances of 2018 as voted on by AW forum members.

As a teaser, here are the five performances that ranked just outside the top 50 list:

51. Nicole Kidman | Boy Erased (84 points)
52. Olivia | Widows (82 points)
53. Rachel Weisz | Disobedience (82 points)
54. Kathryn Hahn | Private Life (81 points)
55. Nicholas Hoult | The Favourite (80 points)

THE LIST

50. Charlie Plummer | Lean on Pete
49. Haley Lu Richardson | Support the Girls
48. Rosamund Pike | A Private War
47. Lola Dueñas | Zama
46. Josh Hamilton | Eighth Grade
45. Elizabeth Debicki | Widows
44. Sam Elliott | A Star is Born
43. Marina de Tavira | Roma
42. Ben Foster | Leave No Trace
41. Willem Dafoe | At Eternity’s Gate
40. Brady Jandreau | The Rider
39. Yoo Ah-in | Burning
38. Daniel Giménez Cacho | Zama
37. Maggie Gyllenhaal | The Kindergarten Teacher
36. Alessandro Nivola | Disobedience
35. Charlize Theron | Tully
34. Brian Tyree Henry | If Beale Street Could Talk
33. Nicole Kidman | Destroyer
32. Alex Wolff | Hereditary
31. Emily Blunt | Mary Poppins Returns
30. Matt Dillon | The House That Jack Built
29. Stephan James | If Beale Street Could Talk
28. Blake Lively | A Simple Favor
27. Michelle Yeoh | Crazy Rich Asians
26. Thomasin McKenzie | Leave No Trace

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The Top 25

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25. Ryan Gosling | First Man
(133 points / 16 mentions / 1 TOP placement)
24. Emma Stone | The Favourite
(136 points / 21 mentions)
23. Rachel McAdams | Game Night
(141 points / 17 mentions / 2 TOP placements)
22. Elsie Fisher | Eighth Grade
(143 points / 17 mentions)
21. Jun Jong-seo | Burning
(150 points / 19 mentions / 1 TOP placement)
20. Emily Blunt | A Quiet Place
(152 points / 23 mentions)
19. Carey Mulligan | Wildlife
(155 points / 19 mentions / 1 TOP placement)
18. Helena Howard | Madeline’s Madeline
(166 points / 19 mentions / 2 TOP placements)
17. Joaquin Phoenix | You Were Never Really Here
(171 points / 23 mentions / 1 TOP placement)
16. Melissa McCarthy | Can You Ever Forgive Me?
(190 points / 26 mentions)
15. Yalitza Aparicio | Roma
(193 points / 23 mentions / 3 TOP placements)
14. Lady Gaga | A Star is Born
(198 points / 20 mentions / 3 TOP placements)
13. Joanna Kulig | Cold War
(222 points / 25 mentions)
12. Richard E. Grant | Can You Ever Forgive Me?
(234 points / 30 mentions / 2 TOP placements)
11. Regina King | If Beale Street Could Talk
(240 points / 28 mentions / 1 TOP placement)

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THE TOP 10

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10. Regina Hall | Support the Girls
(279 points / 32 mentions / 1 TOP placement)
9. Hugh Grant | Paddington 2
(279 points / 38 mentions)
8. Steven Yeun | Burning
(318 points / 32 mentions / 3 TOP placements)
7. Glenn Close | The Wife
(337 points / 31 mentions / 6 TOP placements)
6. Bradley Cooper | A Star is Born
(356 points / 37 mentions / 3 TOP placements)

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THE TOP 5

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5. Ethan Hawke | First Reformed
(368 points / 46 mentions / 2 TOP placements)
4. Toni Collette | Hereditary
(381 points / 38 mentions / 9 TOP placements)
3. Sakura Andô | Shoplifters
(412 points / 41 mentions / 4 TOP placements)
2. Rachel Weisz | The Favourite
(447 points / 49 mentions / 7 TOP placements)
1. Olivia Colman | The Favourite
(509 points / 53 mentions / 10 TOP placements)

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