Year in Review: Best Performances, Direction, and Other Miscellany of 2013

     December 26, 2013

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Over the past week, we’ve been looking back on 2013 and trying to whittle down what we thought were the “best” of the year.  Obviously, this is all subjective.  There is no mathematical formula at work.  I feel I shouldn’t have to state this, but there are people in the comments section who feel that everything should be appraised “objectively”, which in this case would simply be “These are five actors who starred in movies” or “These are five people who directed movies”.  The debate comes over who can be considered the best in their respective fields.  Who gave a performance that we still can’t shake?  Who put together a powerhouse of a picture?  Who created the score we’re still humming?  Who was the bane of our protagonists?  Who’s on the cusp of the A-list?  These are fun questions to ask, and hopefully they’ll stir up some fun (and respectful) debate.

Hit the jump for my miscellaneous “Best of 2013″ picks.  Check back from December 28 – 30th for the Top 10 Films of 2013 lists from me, Adam, and Dave.

[Note: Runners-Up are listed in alphabetical order; also, the film had to receive some kind of theatrical release in 2013 to be considered]

BEST ACTOR

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Chiwetel Ejiofor as “Solomon Northrup” in 12 Years a Slave

Runners-Up:

Bruce Dern as “Woody Grant” in Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio as “Jordan Belfort” in The Wolf of Wall Street

Oscar Isaac as “Llewyn Davis” in Inside Llewyn Davis

Simon Pegg as “Gary King” in The World’s End

BEST ACTRESS

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Cate Blanchett as “Jasmine” in Blue Jasmine

Runners-Up:

Amy Adams as “Sydney Prosser” in American Hustle

Sandra Bullock as “Dr. Ryan Stone” in Gravity

Adèle Exarchopoulos as “Adèle” in Blue Is the Warmest Color

Brie Larson as “Grace” in Short Term 12

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

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Michael Fassbender as “Edwin Epps” in 12 Years a Slave

Runners-Up:

Barkhad Abdi as “Muse” in Captain Phillips

Dane DeHaan as “Lucien Carr” in Kill Your Darlings

William Fichtner as “Master Chang” in Wrong

Will Forte as “David Grant” in Nebraska

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

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Scarlett Johansson as “Samantha” in Her

Runners-Up:

Kaitlyn Dever as “Jayden” in Short Term 12

Margo Martindale as “Mattie Fae Aiken” in August: Osage County

Lupita Nyong’o as “Patsey” in 12 Years a Slave

June Squibb as “Kate Grant” in Nebraska

BEST DIRECTOR

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Spike Jonze – Her

Runners-Up:

Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity

Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave

Joshua Oppenheimer – The Act of Killing

Edgar Wright – The World’s End

BEST SCORE

M83 – Oblivion

Runners-Up:

Ramin Djawadi – Pacific Rim

Mark Orton – Nebraska

Steven Price – Gravity

Hans Zimmer – Man of Steel

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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Emmanuel Lubezki – Gravity

Runners-Up:

Sean Bobbit – 12 Years a Slave

Roger Deakins – Prisoners

Bruno Debonnel – Inside Llewyn Davis

Hoyte Van Hoytema – Her

BEST DOCUMENTARY

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The Act of Killing

Runner-Up: Stories We Tell

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

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Frozen

Runner-Up: Monsters University

BEST SURPRISE

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Short Term 12

Runner-Up: Ender’s Game

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

[For an actor or actress most likely to get a lead role in a major studio picture based on the outstanding quality and positive reception of his or her performance]

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Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station

Runners-Up:

Brie Larson – Short Term 12

Miles Teller – The Spectacular Now

Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave

Tye Sheridan – Mud

A VERY GOOD YEAR

[For an actor or actress who gave more than one outstanding performance in 2013; films are listed in order of release date]

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Matthew McConaughey – Mud, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street

Runners-Up:

Sandra Bullock – Gravity, The Heat

Dane DeHaan – The Place Beyond the Pines, Kill Your Darlings

Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, American Hustle

A LOT WITH A LITTLE

[For an actor or actress who gave an outstanding, memorable, and crucial performance despite being in the film for less than approximately 20 minutes total]

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Bill Nighy – About Time

Runners-Up:

Louis C.K. – American Hustle

Matthew McConaughey – The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST VILLAIN

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Space Debris – Gravity

Runner-Up: Shipping Container – All Is Lost

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