Top 10 Favorite Performances from Each Year of the 2010s

Talk about the amazement that these actors and actresses accomplished. Today, I have directed attention to my top 10 favorite performances of the past decade. But instead of putting together a list of my ten favorite performances, it would be easier to list off my favorite performances between the years 2010 and 2019. Was this hard coming up for each year? Oh, in a heartbeat. The problem with thinking back at the major performances is wondering where they place and who I left off. It pained me to leave off certain performances that were terrific.

Whether or not they’ve won an Oscar, these were the performances that not only impressed me, but truly unforgettable, and what I believe were the best of their respective years. Just like with 10 Favorite Bands, 10 Favorite Songs, this is just straight forward rankings there won’t be any long explanations why I love my #1 picks. Enjoy.


Natalie Portman in Black Swan (2010)

  1. Natalie Portman- Black Swan
  2. Christian Bale- The Fighter
  3. James Franco- 127 Hours
  4. Andrew Garfield- The Social Network
  5. Hailee Steinfeld- True Grit
  6. Jesse Eisenberg- The Social Network
  7. Leonardo DiCaprio- Inception
  8. Ryan Gosling- Blue Valentine
  9. Tom Hardy- Inception
  10. Michelle Williams- Blue Valentine


Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 50/50 (2011)

  1. Joseph Gordon-Levitt- 50/50
  2. Viola Davis- The Help
  3. Rooney Mara- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  4. Andy Serkis- Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  5. George Clooney- The Descendants
  6. Nick Nolte- Warrior
  7. Elle Fanning- Super 8
  8. Albert Brooks- Drive
  9. Melissa McCarthy- Bridesmaids
  10. Daniel Radcliffe- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2


Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln (2012)

  1. Daniel Day-Lewis- Lincoln
  2. Bradley Cooper- Silver Linings Playbook
  3. Jennifer Lawrence- Silver Linings Playbook
  4. Leonardo DiCaprio- Django Unchained
  5. Jessica Chastain- Zero Dark Thirty
  6. Hugh Jackman- Les Misérables
  7. Tom Hardy- The Dark Knight Rises
  8. Anne Hathaway- Les Misérables
  9. Denzel Washington- Flight
  10. Javier Bardem- Skyfall


Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio- The Wolf of Wall Street
  2. Michael B. Jordan- Fruitvale Station
  3. Lupita Nyong’o- 12 Years a Slave
  4. Michael Fassbender- 12 Years a Slave
  5. Hugh Jackman- Prisoners
  6. Sandra Bullock- Gravity
  7. Matthew McConaughey- Dallas Buyers Club
  8. Brie Larson- Short Term 12
  9. Margot Robbie- The Wolf of Wall Street
  10. Benedict Cumberbatch- Star Trek Into Darkness


Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler (2014)

  1. Jake Gyllenhaal- Nightcrawler
  2. Michael Keaton- Birdman
  3. Rosamund Pike- Gone Girl
  4. Andy Serkis- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  5. J. K. Simmons- Whiplash
  6. Ethan Hawke- Boyhood
  7. Eddie Redmayne- The Theory of Everything
  8. Felicity Jones- The Theory of Everything
  9. David Oyelowo- Selma
  10. Emily Blunt- Edge of Tomorrow 


Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in Room (2015)

  1. Brie Larson- Room
  2. Leonardo DiCaprio- The Revenant
  3. Sylvester Stallone- Creed
  4. Michael Fassbender- Steve Jobs
  5. Michael B. Jordan- Creed
  6. Daisy Ridley- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  7. Jacob Tremblay- Room
  8. Charlize Theron- Mad Max: Fury Road
  9. Matt Damon- The Martian
  10. Adam Driver- Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Ryan Gosling in La La Land (2016)

  1. Ryan Gosling- La La Land
  2. Emma Stone- La La Land
  3. Denzel Washington- Fences
  4. Amy Adams- Arrival
  5. Casey Affleck- Manchester By the Sea
  6. Mahershala Ali- Moonlight
  7. Andrew Garfield- Hacksaw Ridge
  8. Ryan Reynolds- Deadpool
  9. Chris Pine- Hell or High Water 
  10. Natalie Portman- Jackie


Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird (2017)

  1. Saoirse Ronan- Lady Bird
  2. Frances McDormand- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  3. Timothée Chalamet- Call Me By Your Name
  4. Margot Robbie- I, Tonya
  5. Hugh Jackman- Logan
  6. James Franco- The Disaster Artist
  7. Daniel Kaluuya- Get Out
  8. Sally Hawkins- The Shape of Water
  9. Sam Rockwell- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  10.  Kumail Nanjiani- The Big Sick 


Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade (2018)

  1. Elsie Fisher- Eighth Grade
  2. Bradley Cooper- A Star is Born
  3. John David Washington- BlacKkKlansman
  4. Mahershala Ali- Green Book
  5. Lady Gaga- A Star is Born
  6. Michael B. Jordan- Black Panther
  7. Claire Foy- First Man
  8. Olivia Colman- The Favourite
  9. Tom Cruise- Mission: Impossible- Fallout
  10. Rami Malek- Bohemian Rhapsody


Adam Driver in Marriage Story (2019)

  1. Adam Driver- Marriage Story
  2. Taron Egerton- Rocketman
  3. Joaquin Phoenix- Joker
  4. Scarlett Johansson- Marriage Story
  5. Al Pacino- The Irishman
  6. Robert Downey Jr.- Avengers: Endgame
  7. Roman Griffin Davis- Jojo Rabbit
  8. Lupita Nyong’o- Us
  9. Brad Pitt- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  10. Awkwafina- The Farewell

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