The world of entertainment never fails to astound us with performances that leave us breathless and craving for more. As this year comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on the most outstanding performances that graced our screens and stages. From Joaquin Phoenix’s mesmerizing Arthur Fleck in Joker to the cast of Hamilton: An American Musical, each of these performances represents excellence in their respective fields. Renee Zellweger’s portrayal of Judy Garland and Billy Porter’s challenging and moving Pray Tell in Pose are some must-see performances. These performances continue to inspire and uplift audiences, and their impact on the arts will be felt for years to come.
10 Must-See Performances of the Year: Celebrating the Arts
The arts hold a unique power to captivate and inspire us, moving us to laughter, tears, and sometimes even astonishment. From the stage to the silver screen, the world of entertainment never ceases to amaze us with performances that leave us breathless and begging for more.
As this year draws to an end, it’s time to look back at some of the most remarkable performances that have graced our screens and stages. These performances exhilarated audiences and critics alike, and truly set the standard for excellence. Here are the ten must-see performances of the year:
1. Joaquin Phoenix in Joker
Joaquin Phoenix delivered a mesmerizing portrayal of Arthur Fleck, the embittered and troubled villain in Joker. Phoenix’s performance was a tour-de-force, earning him critical and popular acclaim, as well as a well-deserved Academy Award. His portrayal of the Joker showcased his incredible range as an actor, from his hauntingly quiet moments to his explosive, chaotic outbursts that kept us on edge throughout the entire film.
2. Renee Zellweger in Judy
Renee Zellweger’s return to the screen in her portrayal of iconic actress and singer Judy Garland was one of the year’s greatest highlights. Her performance as Garland was honest and nuanced, beautifully capturing the highs and lows of her difficult life. The transformation from a young and hopeful Garland to the worn and fragile woman that she became was masterfully portrayed by Zellweger, earning her a well-deserved Academy Award.
3. Adam Driver in Marriage Story
Adam Driver delivered a hauntingly realistic portrayal of a man navigating the complexities of separation and divorce in Marriage Story. His performance was powerful and gut-wrenching, as he expertly conveyed the pain and confusion that comes with the end of a marriage. His work in the film proves once again that he is one of the most talented actors of his generation.
4. Billie Eilish at the American Music Awards
Billie Eilish took the music industry by storm this year, but her performance at the American Music Awards was truly a standout moment. Her rendition of “All the Good Girls Go To Hell” was haunting and hypnotic, showcasing her undeniable talent as a singer, songwriter, and performer.
5. Billy Porter in Pose
Billy Porter’s role as Pray Tell in Pose challenged and moved audiences with its deeply emotional storylines. His performance in the series captured both the jubilance and tragedy of the gay culture in the late 80s, earning him both an Emmy and Golden Globe award. Porter’s mesmerizing portrayal is a true testament to his incredible talent and his ability to bring stories to life.
6. Laura Dern in Marriage Story
Laura Dern delivered an incredible performance as a divorce lawyer in Marriage Story, earning her numerous accolades and a well-deserved Academy Award. Her portrayal of the hard and determined Nora was both funny and heartbreaking, capturing the world of divorce and custody battles with a real sense of humanity.
7. Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s portrayal of the titular character in Fleabag was one of the year’s most talked-about performances. Her character’s existential crisis was both hilarious and relatable, capturing the audience’s heart with her charisma and wit. The series, co-produced by Amazon Prime and BBC Three, was one of the year’s most successful television shows, thanks in large part to Waller-Bridge’s performance.
8. Robert De Niro in The Irishman
Robert De Niro delivered a standout performance in the crime epic The Irishman, captivating audiences with his portrayal of Frank Sheeran. De Niro’s performance captured both the ruthlessness and humanity of his character, showcasing his mastery of the art of acting.
9. Scarlett Johansson in Jojo Rabbit
Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of Rosie in Jojo Rabbit was one of the year’s most memorable performances. Her character’s unwavering strength and kindness were the heart of the film, and Johansson brought her to life with incredible grace and skill. Her performance proved once again that she is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and dynamic actors.
10. The Cast of Hamilton in Hamilton: An American Musical
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical took the world by storm, and the cast’s incredible performances were the backbone of the show’s success. Each member of the ensemble brought their unique talents to the stage, creating a true masterpiece of storytelling and artistry. Their performances continue to inspire and uplift audiences, reminding us all of the power of music and the arts.
These ten performances represented the best in their respective fields, each delivering a unique and unforgettable experience that will stay with us for years to come. It’s a testament to the incredible talents of these actors, performers, and artists, and to the lasting impact of the arts on our world.