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Top Ten Greatest Performances of All-Time (Michael Balderston)

top10I hate the word ‘greatest’ when it comes to making a list like this. The word is so definitive for something so imprecise and personal. I have loved reading all the lists from my fellow Awards Circuit staffers because they picked some great performances that didn’t spring to mind for me initially, but definitely deserve the recognition. They’ve all been so wonderfully different thus far, and now I get to throw in my selections.

It was no easy task, going through multiple revisions, from the inclusion but eventually painful removal of seemingly required performances like Streep in “Sophie’s Choice” or DeNiro “Raging Bull,” but in the end I’m pretty happy with the group I came up with.

However, before I get to my top ten performances of all-time, I have a few honorable mentions I would like to single out:

–       Robert DeNiro – Raging Bull

–       Faye Dunaway – Network

–       Ruth Gordon – Harold and Maude

–       Audrey Hepburn – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

–       Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

–       Jack Lemmon – The Apartment

–       Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave

–       Claude Rains – Casablanca

Now, without further adieu, please enjoy my top ten favorite performances of all-time and feel free to share your thoughts or your top ten in the comments below.

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Written by Michael Balderston

NoVA native who has returned to the Washington D.C. area after two years in L.A. My biggest annoyance since leaving L.A. is not having immediate access to indie films on their first weekend, but I'm making due. When I'm not tracking the year's Oscar players or exploring film history, I'm rooting for my Philadelphia sports teams.

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