2017 is finally coming to an end. While many critics have deemed it to be a rather dull and uninspiring year, these performances certainly tell a different story. The amazing movies were driven by spirited performances, each nuanced and distinctively different from the other. The year featured some new faces, with Timothy Chalamet sweeping people off of their feet with a mesmerizing performance in ‘Call Me By Your Name’. The biggest news, though, was the ecstatic waking up of Daniel Day-Lewis, the greatest actor of all time, from his long slumber, making what it seems his last performance as an actor on screen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama ‘Phantom Thread’, set in the high-end couture world of the ’50s England. Old horses Tom Hanks and Gary Oldman give performances reminiscent of the old days. So, which performances made it to the list? Read ahead to find out! Presenting, the list of best actors of 2017. Happy reading!
Honorable mentions: Sam Elliot (‘The Hero’), Charlie Hunnman (‘The Lost City of Z’), Ansel Elgort (‘Baby Driver’), Andy Serkis (‘War For the Planet of the Apes’), Colin Farrell (‘The Killing of a Scared Deer’), Robert Pattinson (‘Good Time’), Kumail Nanjiani (‘The Big Sick’).
12. Joaquin Phoenix, ‘You Were Never Really Here’
It seems amazing really how the year passed and I never even heard once the name of Joaquin Phoenix. A gifted actor and an intrepid artist, Phoenix has always been among the top performances over the past few years. He made his presence felt this year with the terrific ‘You Were Never Really Here’. The thriller, directed by Lynne Ramsay, is based on the novel of the same name. The story revolves around a reclusive and veteran contractor, Joe, who tracks down missing girls for a living. On one of the jobs, he saves Nina from the claws of prostitution, but himself falls into a web of sordid lies and danger, which might be the last thing he solves. ‘You Were Never Really Here’ is a toxic shot of a thriller, laced with corruption, revenge and the darkest of inner demons. The film received a seven-minute standing ovation at its premiere at the Cannes festival. The stark, taut, and engaging narrative of the film poetically deconstructs a moving story of rescue and heartfelt efforts to make the world a better place.
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11. James McAvoy, ‘Split’