The Top 10 Female Performances of 2013

Top 10 Female Performances of 2013

By Simon Miraudo
December 10, 2013

The performance that enraptured audiences most in 2013 was Jennifer Lawrence as ‘Regular Human Woman’ – an ambitious gambit that paid off spectacularly. So novel was the humanity emanating from this Hollywood actress, gifs of her playfully flipping off photographers and spilling all her mints during a press conference spread like wildfire. Perhaps no recorded moment of hers delighted fans more than when she giddily fled from Jeff Bridges out of sheer shyness, and that includes her turns in massive megahit Catching Fire and awards season favourite American Hustle. She may be the indisputable celebrity or the year, but let’s not forget the other fantastic actresses who impressed on actual celluloid. Fact is, the year’s finest films were almost entirely anchored by female characters. Consider Octavia Spencer as the grief-stricken mother in Fruitvale Station; Julianne Nicholson as the long-suffering daughter carrying on a clandestine affair in August: Osage County; Emma Thompson as prickly author P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks, or Melissa McCarthy as the unhinged Boston cop from The Heat (and these examples were just pulled from the honourable mentions). You’ll find twenty-five names below. Believe me: it’s a too-small sample of all the great work from 2013.

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Check out Simon Miraudo’s picks for the Top 10 Male Performances of 2013.

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