When considering the superlatives for last year's films, we had acting performances broken up into male and female categories. We based our categories loosely on the Academy's, but felt that the distinction between a lead and supporting acting performance was insignificant; a great acting performance transcends the amount of time the actor or actress spends on screen and is valued at the transportative nature of the performance itself, regardless of screentime or number of lines. As we talked over the categories for this year, we agreed that this transcendence extends to gender as well, that a great acting performance is a great acting performance, regardless of anything external to what's on the screen. These are the best acting performances of 2015, the ones who brought their respective films to life more than any others.
As Mark Baum
"I have a feeling, in a few years people are going to be doing what they always do when the economy tanks. They will be blaming immigrants and poor people."
As Joy Mangino
"Don't ever think that the world owes you anything, because it doesn't. The world doesn't owe you a thing."
"I will always protect you because you are my son. And a son always protects his father."
As Imperator Furiosa
"Out here, everything hurts. You wanna get through this? Do as I say. Now pick up what you can and run."
As Carol Aird
"Just when it can't get any worse, you run out of cigarettes."
As Michael Burry
"That's a nice haircut. Did you do it yourself?"
"You'll feel so homesick that you'll want to die, and there's nothing you can do about it apart from endure it. But you will, and it won't kill you, and one day the sun will come out and you'll realize that this is where your life is."
As Daisy Domergue
"When you get to hell, John, tell them Daisy sent you."
As Ronald & Reggie Kray
"What is that? I come here for a proper shootout! What you gonna do with that rollin' pin? You gonna bake me a cake? What I want is a shootout, a shootout is a shootout! Like a Western!"
"One day the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons on the plains of Africa: an upright ape living in dust with crude language and tools, all set for extinction."
As Kate Macer
"Do we get an opportunity to get the men responsible for today?"
As Adonis Johnson
"I've been fighting my whole life. I ain’t got a choice."
As The Spotlight News Team
"If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse them. That's the truth of it."
As Kylo Ren
"Forgive me. I feel it again... the call from light. Supreme Leader senses it. Show me again the power of the darkness, and I'll let nothing stand in our way. Show me, grandfather, and I will finish what you started."
"When I was small, I only knew small things. But now I'm five, I know everything!"
As Joanna Hoffman
"I have the correct time, and we're running out of it."
As John Fitzgerald
"You came all this way just for your revenge, huh? Did you enjoy it, Glass? 'Cause there ain't nothin' gon' bring your boy back."
"You're gonna love it. The world."
AS Steve Jobs
"Musicians play their instruments. I play the orchestra."
As Hugh Glass
"He's afraid. He knows how far I came to find him."
*Special thanks to my fellow Bit Player, Brian for this joke. – AO