My favourite performances of 2017

This is the first time I have done a ‘favourite performances’ end-of-year list, and that’s because there are many which deserve a shoutout. Obviously some have achieved recognition at the awards, but there are plenty which won’t get a look in and I think they should get an honourable mention too.

This counts for performances in movies and TV series released in the U.K. in 2016. I have split the movies up into those were nominated/will likely be nominated, and those who definitely won’t.

Favourite performances in 2017 films (unlikely to receive awards mentions):

Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip

That is what you call a scene-stealing performance. Her handling of a grapefruit will never be forgotten.

Ezra Miller – Justice League

Say what you want about the movie, but I loved Ezra Miller as The Flash in Justice League. He was so funny, the best thing about the movie (alongside Gal Gadot) and actually made the thing enjoyable. It would have sucked without him there.

Aubrey Plaza – Ingrid Goes West

This is the best I have ever seen Aubrey – she was made for this role. She plays Ingrid, who has mental health problems and an obsession with Instagram. She becomes convinced she could be best friends with Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) and moves to LA to make it happen. Very dark and so, so relevant.


Hugh Grant – Paddington 2

Hugh Grant looked like he had an absolute ball filming Paddington 2. He is essentially poking fun at himself and completely hams it up as the villain Phoenix Buchanan, an over-the-hill actor with a penchant for dress-up.

Brooklynn Prince – The Florida Project

She has won praise from critics but she hasn’t received much recognition in terms of awards, which is a shame because the seven-year-old gives a truly incredible performances in The Florida Project. She is the lead and the film follows her character Moonee as she roams around her motel in Florida with her pals. She is so natural, so funny and her emotional range at the finale was astounding.

Adam Driver – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi has received seriously mixed reviews but I think most probably can agree that Adam Driver knocks it out of the park as Ben Solo/Kylo Ren. He gives an emotional depth and complexity to his performance that you rarely get in that franchise and it feels good to have such a vulnerable, conflicted villain.


Daniel Craig – Logan Lucky 

I was a big fan of Logan Lucky but not everybody was. Craig well and truly shed his James Bond persona to play criminal Joe Bang, complete with peroxide hair and crazy Southern accent.

Charlize Theron – Atomic Blonde

I loved Atomic Blonde, but it wasn’t perfect. I don’t think anyone can say Charlize Theron didn’t give her all to play agent Lorraine in this spy thriller. She is physically incredible and the stunts she pulls off are nuts. The choreography in the long stairwell fight is insane!

Sharlto Copley – Free Fire

This guy killed me every time he opened his mouth in Free Fire. His accent, use of words and line delivery was perfect every time. Hilarious.

McKenna Grace – Gifted

McKenna is only 11 years old and certainly one to watch. She totally hit me in the feels every time she cried in Gifted, where she played Chris Evans’ daughter.


Favourite performances in 2017 films (that did/will likely receive nominations):

(This kinda speaks for itself so I’m just gonna write a list without explanations)

Emma Stone – La La Land

Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane/Molly’s Game

Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

James Franco – The Disaster Artist

Steve Carell – Battle of the Sexes


Favourite performances in TV in 2017:

(I really haven’t been on top of TV shows this year so I’ll keep this short)

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

Katherine Langford and Kate Walsh – 13 Reasons Why

Gaten Matarazzo and Joe Keery – Stranger Things 2

Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange – Feud: Bette and Joan

Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley – Big Little Lies

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