Best Performances of 2011

Tonight Oscar will celebrate the best movies and performances of 2011, but not every great performance 2011 had will be celebrated tonight. While 2011 was not a stellar year for movies, it boasted some amazing performances that I will never forget. I understand The Academy can’t honor everyone, but here is my list of the actors and actresses who made me believe in them and the character they were portraying.

Octavia Spencer – The Help                    

Alan Rickman – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2

Jessica Chastain – The Tree Of Life, The Help, Take Shelter

Brad Pitt – The Tree Of Life, Moneyball

Viola Davis – The Help, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Ryan Gosling – Drive, The Ides of March, Stupid, Crazy Love

Bryce Dallas Howard – The Help, 50/50

Albert Brooks – Drive

George Clooney – The Descendants, The Ides of March

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Tom Hardy – Warrior

Berenice Bujo – The Artist

Michael Shannon – Take Shelter

Jennifer Ehle – Contagion

Shailene Woodley – The Descendants

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 50/50

Rooney Mara – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

Glen Close – Albert Nobbs

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene

Ben Kingsley – Hugo

Sandra Bullock – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Nick Nolte – Warrior

Saoirse Ronan – Hanna

Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids

Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs

Emma Stone – The Help, Crazy, Stupid, Love

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