ScreenAnarchy's Best Of 2013 - Best Actress

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The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team ScreenAnarchy to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to those films that have made a particularly strong impact over the past twelve months.

2013 has been a great year for actresses and female protagonists. Jennifer Lawrence fronted the second episode of The Hunger Games, Sandra Bullock carried one of the year's best-received blockbusters, Gravity, almost single-handedly, while this year's Palme D'Or winner, Blue Is The Warmest Color, featured a brace of fantastic female performances.

Eric Ortiz Garcia, Patrick Holzapfel, Dustin Chang, Kwenton Bellette, Jaime Grijalba Gomez, Ard Vijn, Joshua Chaplinsky, Peter Martin, James Marsh, Brian Clark, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano, Todd Brown, Jason Gorber, Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Niels Matthijs, Ben Umstead, Jim Tudor, Ben Croll, Kurt Halfyard, Pierce Conran, Christopher O'Keeffe, Patryk Czekaj and Ryland Aldrich contributed to this story.

Adele Exarchopoulos - Blue Is The Warmest Color

Eric Ortiz Garcia - Contributing writer
This is a great, moving and daring performance. Those three adjectives go to the whole film as well.

Patrick Holzapfel - Contributing writer

Dustin Chang - Contributing writer

Kwenton Bellette - Contributing writer
Who is Adele? This phenomenal talent outperforms Lea Seydoux almost ten-fold in Blue Is The Warmest Color, and I still regard Seydoux's performance as excellent! With such realism and intensity, Adele roars to bitter life in two parts - personifying love, lust and passion, and then later heartbreak, obsession and something that simple words cannot convey.

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[A]December 22, 2013 11:25 AM

Mia Mia Mia..

KurtDecember 22, 2013 11:49 AM

Robin Wright has such a great year with THE CONGRESS, HOUSE OF CARDS and ADORE. Talk about major re-invention! I'm looking forward to whatever she chooses to do in the future.

muckermanDecember 22, 2013 12:06 PM

Great call on Mia Wasikowska. She is superb in Stoker.

Amy Adams is best of the year for me, but there is certainly some fierce competition.

BenUmsteadDecember 22, 2013 4:04 PM

Despite BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR being my biggest disappointment of the year, Adele made me sit squarely in my seat and not look away. That is to say the form of the film didn't really capture me, but no doubt will we be seeing Adele in many fine roles for years to come.

Lightning December 23, 2013 6:17 AM

Takanishi Rin was amazing in Like Someone in Love. Her acting was so real.

Peter CornelissenDecember 25, 2013 8:56 PM

big comeback year for Scarlett Johanssen with Don Jon, Under the Skin and Her finally giving her something to chew on again, and maybe producing her best work yet!
also noticable were Amy Adams, Olga Kurylenko and Deepika Padukone all in multiple movies where they were the the shining center
Sharon Stone should win some support award for Lovelace. I didn't recognice her at all during the movie, which made the role more impressive
some other noticable performances without whom their movies would have failed:
Amy Acker in much ado, another shining center, and it is her role (though certainly co-credits need to go to the male co-stars here) that makes the movie work in the limited set and as a rom-com that sparkles up from the Shakespear text in a way i've never seen before
Machhiko Ono in Like Father Like Son has to make the main story-arc of the father, that goes from tiranical to understanding and has lots of potential for charicature, look believable, and she succeeds with spades.
Lindsay Burdge in a teacher lifts the cliché story/genre of a teacher who falls in love with a student way above the standard with an intense and believable performance, a new name to keep an eye on!
But easily the best of this year for me was the intense performance of Juliette Binoche in Camille Claudel 1915!