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Bml93's Favourite Performances - 2012

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Male Actor In a Leading Role

Contenders that I've yet to see: Denzel Washington (Flight)

Honourable Mention: Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)

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Lucas in Jagten

Mads Mikkelsen delivers an outstanding performance in an outstanding film. His performance is remarkably restrained and expressive, letting us in on the pain and nightmare that his character goes through in this film. Completely ruining us in the process. This is in my humble opinion the best performance of the year.
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Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln

To put it simple. You should see Lincoln because of Daniel Day-Lewis performance. It's absolutely extraordinary. He completely disappears into the head of Abraham Lincoln. It's an astonishing achievement, and he's absolutely a worthy winner of the Academy Award he got for his tremendous work.
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Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock

Anthony Hopkins performance as the master of suspense should have been more well-received than what it ended up being. It probably suffered a lot amongst people because the film didn't live up to the expectations people had. But I do solemnly believe that Anthony Hopkins perfectly managed to capture Hitchcock, making me believe that the great director had returned to life.
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Ottway in The Grey

Liam Neeson's performance in The Grey has to be one of the most underrated and overlooked performances in recent years. It probably has a lot to do with the film's January opening, but also because people think it's the "Liam Neeson punches a wolf" film. He does that, and he does that awesomely. He's a real bad-ass in this film, but that's not why this performance of his, is among his greatest. It's because he manages to capture the spirit and essence of a broken man with genuine emotions, causing the film to have several scenes who brings tears to my eyes. There's a scene towards the end that really showcases what an exceptional actor Liam Neeson is.
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Georges in Amour

Amour is a tough, depressing and occasionally brutal film to watch, and it's only made more devastating thanks to Jean-Louis Trintignant's powerful and heartbreaking performance. His performance is a tour-de-force in emotions, and his breakdown at the end is a real punch in the stomach.
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Female Actress in a Leading Role

Contenders that I've yet to see: Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

Honourable Mention: Kristen Stewart (On the Road), Meryl Streep (Hope Springs)

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Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook

Jennifer Lawrence performance in Silver Linings Playbook deservedly earned an Academy Award for her brilliant work. She perfectly manages to handle every, difficult aspect of her role. Portraying someone with a slight mental illness can easily become way too over-the-top, but Jennifer Lawrence manages to remain cool, even if her character is not. She plays on so many different emotions, from sorrow to love and care, and she manages to balance them all beautifully. She's also pretty freaking sexy.
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Maya in Zero Dark Thirty

In one of my favourite films of 2012, Jessica Chastain delivers a performance that's as intense as it's courageous. It's a brave performance that she manages to play with great fierce and dedication, making this one of the most impressive performances from 2012.
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Anne in Amour

If Jean-Louis Trintignant's performance in Amour wasn't devastating enough, then Emmanuelle Riva's performance is going to wreck you into pieces. It's almost impossible to avoid being destroyed emotionally by her sad, strong and powerful acting.
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Alma Reville in Hitchcock

Hitchcock is a film that's very much driven by the chemistry and relationship between Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins. She manages to bring out emotions such as compassion, strength, love and shame perfectly. And watching her yell at Anthony Hopkins has to be one of her absolute finest moments.
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Average listal rating (282 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0

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Elizabeth Shaw in Prometheus

Probably a surprising choice. I'll admit that it do have something to do with the fact that I haven't seen a lot of the films that has gotten a lot of positive reaction for having great female leads in them. But that doesn't take anything away from Noomi Rapace's extremely intense, yet vulnerable performance in Prometheus. A performance that really showcases her acting abilities, particularly in the famous surgery scene!
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Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Contenders that I've yet to see: Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike)

Honourable Mention: Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)

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Stephen in Django Unchained

Not only did he deliver the performance in Django Uncahined, but Samuel L. Jackson delivered what's arguably the best performance of his career. Topping the work he did in Pulp Fiction, and that's saying quite a lot. The star actor completely disappears in a role that totally subverts his proud real life persona in an intriguing and disturbing way. It's a provocative and richly layered performance, and it's a disgrace that it didn't even earn him any nominations.
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Calvin Candie in Django Unchained

There's one scene in the film in which Leonardo DiCaprio ends up hurting his hand and bleeding after shattering a glass. That was not supposed to happen, and he really did he hurt his hand. But what he did was to incorporate that incident into his performance. That scene alone is one of the best acting moments in recent years, and he is basically no worse throughout the rest of the film.
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Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained

Christoph Waltz is a great actor no matter what. But put him in a Quentin Tarantino film and he's turns out to be a freaking fantastic actor. He takes every core element from his performance in Inglorious Basterds and puts them into a hero character. Creating a character that's charming and extremely likeable.
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Pat Sr. in Silver Linings Playbook

Robert De Niro delivers his best performance in many years as he tackles the role of a father with obsessive-compulsive disorder with tremendous care and skill. He greatly manages to show what range he has as an actor, and he reminded us why he's still one of the best actors working today.
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Average listal rating (551 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0

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Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

How do you compete with Heath Ledger's The Joker? It's simple. You don't. Tom Hardy's Bane is a completely different villain, and his performance manages to bring him to life in the most brutal and menacing way possible. It's a great achievement when an actor manages to be so instantly memorable whit a mask covering half the face, and a distorted voice. But Tom Hardy does that.
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Female Actress in a Supporting Role

Contenders that I've yet to see: Helen Hunt (The Sessions)

Honourable Mention: Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)

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Fantine in Les Misérables

Anne Hathaway knew exactly what she wanted when she signed on for Les Misérables. She wanted that golden statue, and she did indeed totally dedicate herself to the role, and by doing so, she won everyone over. Her performance is a punch of emotions right in your face, and one of the few good things in this film.
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Average listal rating (980 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0

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Peggy Dodd in The Master

Amy Adams is, despite her relatively young age, like a very good wine. In other words, she's really good. She manages to turn out a very subtle performance, that manages to be a "good girl" in one scene, and then dirty and dominating in the next. Her performance brilliantly manages to capture the complexity of her character.
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Average listal rating (587 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0

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M in Skyfall

Talking about Judi Dench performance in Skyfall does really bring us into spoiler territory, but I do guess that anyone who's interested in this film has seen it by now. And then you should also be aware of her strong, emotional and powerful performance. Rarely do we get to see acting of this type in a James Bond film.
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Average listal rating (1499 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0

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Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Starting to move away from the Harry Potter franchise, Emma Watson gives her best performance of her career in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She plays her role with great tenderness, naturalism and makes for some very touching moments.
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Average listal rating (1038 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0

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Angelique Bouchard in Dark Shadows

2012 wasn't a really good year for female supporting roles, and Eva Green's performance in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows is never going to win any award, nor is it even likely to end up on many lists. But in a weak year, you do sometimes have to look at the performances that were just fun. And sexy. Oh my God Eva Green is hot in this film. Wow. But yeah, her over-the-top-camp-sexy performance is much of the saving grace for Dark Shadows, and thus earning her a deserved place on this list.
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