The 10 Best Film Performances Of 2018

Lady Gaga and Odessa Young feature as Close-up Culture’s James Prestridge lists his 10 favourite film performances of 2018 (based on UK release dates).

10) Madeleine Brewer – Cam


“Alice’s identity crisis is carried off by an outstanding and versatile performance from Brewer, who effectively portrays three different characters in the film. She brilliantly switches between the performative confidence of Lola and the vulnerable nail-biting, normality of Alice.” Read the full review…

9) Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird


Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig make a dream combination in this charming drama.

8) Chloe Grace Moretz – The Miseducation Of Cameron Post


Chloe Grace Moretz provides the most affecting performance of her career in Desiree Akhavan’s dark coming-of-age story.

7) Odessa Young – Assassination Nation


A versatile, charismatic and captivating Odessa Young performance helps tell this outrageous tale about the dangerous nature of internet culture.

6) Sally Hawkins – The Shape Of Water


A stellar physical performance from Sally Hawkins which rightfully won her an Oscar nomination.

5) Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born


“Gaga is a revelation in this role, delivering a performance as emotionally depthful as her voice.” Read the full review…

4) Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born


“This might just be a career-best performance from Cooper. In this sensitively written role, much of his work is done through Jackson’s tortured eyes which sometimes spark to life when Ally inspires him.” Read the full review…

3) Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Frances McDormand is at her formidable best in the role of a mother who choses a defiant path of grief.

2) Ingrid García Jonsson – Ana By Day


“There are too few superlatives available to describe Garcia-Jonsson’s performance. She captivates throughout, giving tender and inviting nuances for Jaurrieta’s often probing camera to be drawn into. It is a delight to watch, a tour de force lead performance that demonstrates a similar level of skill to Kristen Stewart in Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper.” Read the full review…

1) Victoria Carmen Sonne – Holiday


Victoria Carmen Sonne is outstanding and tragically spellbinding in Isabella Eklöf’s brutal portrait of a gangster’s girlfriend.

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