The Best Acting of 2015

Lead, Supporting, Young Actor, Ensemble, Voice talent and Breakout Performance


I am not a film critic, I am a film enthusiast, I love every aspect of film but most of all I love a good performance in a movie. A great performance can elevate a film, it can allow you to fall in love with a character or hate a character.

Putting together my best of the year in acting list is my favorite part of the award season/year end rundown, I love seeing great acting. In this article I have picked my top five-ten in eight categories: Best Male Lead Actor, Best Female Lead Actor, Best Female Supporting Actor, Best Male Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Voice Acting, Best Young Actor and Best Breakthrough Performance, along with honorable mentions for all categories. Enjoy.

Best Male Actor – Lead

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  2. Jacob Tremblay – Room
  3. Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
  4. Michael Caine – Youth
  5. Johnny Depp – Black Mass
  6. Samuel L. Jackson – The Hateful Eight
  7. Will Smith – Concussion
  8. Mark Ruffalo – Infinitely Polar Bear
  9. Antoine-Olivier Pilon – Mommy
  10. Michael B. Jordan – Creed

Honorable Mentions: Ian Mckellan – Mr. Holmes, Matt Damon – The Martian, Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl, Michael Fassbender – Macbeth, Ryan Reynolds – The Voices, Billy Crudup – The Stanford Prison Experiment, Kodi Smit McPhee – Slow West, Bryan Cranston – Trumbo, Jake Gyllenhaal – Southpaw, Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation, Andrew Garfield – 99 Homes

Best Female Actor – Lead

  1. Brie Larson – Room
  2. Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
  3. Cate Blanchett – Carol
  4. Anne Dorval – Mommy
  5. Marion Cotillard – Macbeth
  6. Emily Blunt – Sicario
  7. Olivia Cooke – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  8. Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
  9. Sarah Silverman – I Smile Back
  10. Carey Mulligan – Far from the Madding Crowd

Honorable Mentions: Jennifer Lawrence – Joy, Lola Kirke – Mistress America, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez – Tangerine, Amy Schumer – Trainwreck, Kristen Wiig – Welcome to Me, Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road, Melissa McCarthy – Spy, Juliette Binoche – Clouds of Sils Maria, Helen Mirren – Woman in Gold, Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens,  Blythe Danner – I’ll See You in my Dreams

Best Female Actor – Supporting

  1. Alicia Vikander – the Danish girl
  2. Rachel McCadams – Spotlight
  3. Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
  4. Suzanne Clement – Mommy
  5. Rachel Weisz – Youth
  6. Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
  7. Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
  8. Elizabeth Banks – Love & Mercy
  9. Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
  10. Greta Gerwig – Mistress America/Mya Taylor – Tangerine

Honorable Mentions: Jane Fonda – Youth, Helen Mirren – Trumbo, Greta Gerwig – Mistress America, Jessica Chastain – Crimson Peak, Cate Blanchett – Cinderella, Kiersey Clemons – Dope, Rachel McAdams – Southpaw, Oona Laurence – Southpaw, Olivia Wilde – Meadowland

Best Male Actor – Supporting

  1. Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
  2. Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
  3. Sylvester Stallone – Creed
  4. Richard Jenkins – Bone Tomahawk
  5. Steve Carrell – The Big Short
  6. Walton Goggins – The Hateful Eight
  7. Liev Schrieber – Spotlight
  8. Jason Segel – The End of the Tour
  9. Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
  10. Sean Harris – Macbeth

Honorable Mentions: Harrison Ford – Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight, Seth Rogen – Steve Jobs, Luke Wilson – Meadowland, John Cusack – Love & Mercy, , Domhnall Gleeson – Ex Machina and The Revenant, Oscar Isaac – Ex Machina, Joel Edgerton – The Gift, , Ezra Miller – The Stanford Prison Experiment, Tye Sheridan – The Stanford Prison Experiment, Will Poulter – The Revenant, Benecio Del Toro – Sicario, Kurt Russel – The Hateful Eight, Tim Roth – The Hateful Eight, Michael Fassbender – Slow West, Tom Courtenay – 45 Years, O’Shea Jackson Jr. – Straight Outta Compton, Corey Hawkins – Straight Outta Compton, Forrest Witaker – Southpaw

Best Ensemble –

1. The Hateful Eight: Kurt Russel, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Walton Goggins, Demian Bechir, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks

2. The Stanford Prison Experiment – Billy Crudup, Michael Angarano, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Thomas Mann, Miles Heizer, Keir Gilchrist, Johnny Simmons, Moises Arias, Olivia Thirlby, Nelsan Ellis, James Wolk, Logan Miller

3.  Spotlight – Liev Schrieber, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, John Slattery, Brian D’arcy James, Stanley Tucci,

4. Steve Jobs – Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Katherine Waterston, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbard, Pearl Haney-Jardine

5. The Big Short – Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, John Magaro, Finn Whitrock, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Rafe Spall

6.      Youth – Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Roly Serrano, Alex Macqueen, Luna Zimic Mijovic

7.      Straight Outta Compton – Jason Mitchell, O’Shea Jackson, Corey Hawkins, Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr., Marlon Yates, Corey Reynolds, R. Marcus Taylor

8.      Sicario – Emily Blunt. Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Daniel Kaluuya, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, Maximiliano Hernandez, Jeffrey Donovan,

9.      The Revenant – Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Paul Anderson

10.  Mad Max: Fury Road – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Richard Carter, Nathan Jones, John Howard, Courtney Eaton.

Best Young Actor

  1. Jacob Tremblay – Room
  2. abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation
  3. Oona Laurence – Southpaw
  4. Zsofia Psotta – White God
  5. Hays Wellford – Cop Car
  6. James Freedson-Jackson – Cop Car
  7. Emmanuel Nii Adom Quaye – Beasts of no Nation
  8. Levi Miller – Pan
  9. Emilia Jones – What we did on our Holiday
  10. Milo Parker – Mr. Holmes

Honorable Mentions: Ed Oxenbould – The Visit, Olivia DeJonge – The Visit, Ashley Aufderheide – Infinitely Polar Bear, Robert Daniel Sloan – Sinister 2, Kennedi Clements – Poltergeist

Best Voice Acting –

  1. Phyllis Smith – Inside Out
  2. Anomalisa – Jennifer Jason Leigh
  3. Amy Poehler – Inside Out
  4. Anomalisa – David Thewlis
  5. Ryan Reynolds – The Voices
  6. Richard Kind – Inside Out
  7. James Spader – Avengers: Age of Ultron
  8. Sharlto Copley – Chappie
  9. Bill Hader – Inside Out
  10. Noah Schnapp – The Peanuts Movie

Honorable Mentions: Tom Kenny – Spongebob: Sponge out of water

Best Newcomer/Breakout Perfomance

  1. Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
  2. Olivia Cooke – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  3. Lola Kirke – Mistress America
  4. Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  5. Maika Monroe – It Follows
  6. O’Shea Jackson Jr. – Straight Outta Compton
  7. Kitana Kiki Rodriguez – Tangerine
  8. Mya Taylor – Tangerine
  9. LeBron James – Trainwreck
  10. Taron Egerton – Kingsman: the Secret Service

Honorable Mentions: Lily James – Cinderella, Miranda Hart – Spy, Shameik Moore – Dope, Charlotte Le Bon – The Walk

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