2018 Movies: Acting

In the 6th Post post-Oscars, my true love sent to me: various acting accolades for 2018 movies.

2018 Favorites: Introduction
In the 1st Post post-Oscars: 2018 Movies — Intro + Complete List
In the 2nd Post post-Oscars: 2018 Genre Movies
In the 3rd Post post-Oscars: 2018 Movie Beginnings and Endings
In the 4th Post post-Oscars: 2018 Miscellaneous Movies
In the 5th Post post-Oscars: 2018 Movie Music

What’s a post dedicated to 2018 acting achievements that doesn’t include my absolute favorite performances of the year? Well, I’m saving those for the Stevens — AKA: what I would’ve nominated and awarded in all of the Academy’s official categories if I was the sole voter.

As an aperitif, here are my favorite turns that fall outside the Oscars’ limited bounds.

And now, my favorite 2018:

  1. The Pony, Damsel
  2. Dog, Widows
  3. Dog, Roma
  4. Alpha, Alpha
  5. Dog, The Meg
  6. Dogs, Private Life
  7. Dog, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  8. Dog, Ben is Back

  1. Stan Lee, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
  2. Nicolas Cage, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
  3. Matt Damon, Unsane
  4. Cher, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
  5. Samuel L. Jackson, Life Itself
  6. Joan Cusack, Instant Family
  7. Alec Baldwin, BlacKkKlansman


(As in, my favorite collection of cameos)

  1. If Beale Street Could Talk
  2. Vice
  3. Superfly


(Let’s call him a One-Scene-Stealer)

Simon Farnaby as Barry the Security Guard, Paddington 2


(As in: the Queen of Direct-to-VOD B-movies)

Melissa Bolona, Acts of Violence / The Hurricane Heist


(The bigger the ensemble, the more points it gets)

  1. If Beale Street Could Talk
  2. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  3. The Death of Stalin
  4. An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn
  5. Eighth Grade
  6. Under the Tree
  7. The Favourite
  8. Vice
  9. Vox Lux: A 21st Century Portrait
  10. Suspiria
  11. Life and Nothing More
  12. The Other Side of the Wind
  13. Unsane
  14. A Bread Factory, Parts One & Two
  15. Sorry to Bother You
  16. Shoplifters
  17. Widows
  18. Life Itself
  19. Black Panther
  20. Golden Exits
  21. Leave No Trace
  22. Hotel Artemis
  23. Never Look Away


(As in: Yay acting, nay material!)

  1. The Sisters Brothers
  2. Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
  3. Juliet, Naked
  4. The Party
  5. The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  6. Trouble
  7. The Happytime Murders
  8. Boundaries
  9. Gringo
  10. Nostalgia
  11. Stan & Ollie

  1. Eighth Grade
  2. The Maze Runner: Death Cure
  3. The Hate U Give
  4. Love, Simon
  5. American Animals


(As in, these actors were largely not on my radar until this year)

  1. Olivia Colman, The Favourite
  2. Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
  3. Tim Kalkhof, The Cakemaker
  4. Kiki Layne, If Beale Street Could Talk
  5. Andrea Riseborough, Nancy / Mandy
  6. Natasha Rothwell, Love, Simon
    • Will be a beloved comedienne in a few years, mark my words…
  7. Jong-seo Jeon, Burning
  8. Isabél Zuaa, Good Manners
  9. Regina Williams, Life and Nothing More
  10. Yordanos Shiferaw, Capernaum
  11. Laia Costa, Life Itself
  12. Awkwafina, Crazy Rich Asians / Ocean’s 8
  13. Soho Rezanejad, The Charmer
  14. Ardalan Esmaili, The Charmer
  15. Jim Cummings, Thunder Road
  16. Anthony Ramos, Monsters and Men / A Star Is Born
  17. Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians
  18. Jasmine Cephas Jones, Blindspotting / Monsters and Men / Dog Days
  19. Danielle Macdonald, Dumplin’ / Bird Box
  20. Jackie Long, Bodied
  21. Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Life Itself
  22. Henry B.J. Phiri, I Am Not a Witch
  23. Letitia Wright, Black Panther
  24. Sverrir Gudnason, Borg vs McEnroe
  25. Trevor Jackson, Superfly
  26. Izïa Higelin, Rodin
  27. Winston Duke, Black Panther
  28. Megalyn Echikunwoke, Night School


(22 and under)

  1. Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
  2. Dominique Fishback, Night Comes On / The Hate U Give
  3. Mouna Hawa / Sana Jammelieh / Mahmud Shalaby, In Between
  4. Raffey Cassidy, Vox Lux: A 21st Century Portrait
  5. Kiersey Clemons, Hearts Beat Loud
  6. Helena Howard, Madeline’s Madeline
  7. Jessie Buckley, Beast
  8. Chanté Adams, Roxanne Roxanne / Monsters and Men
  9. Amandla Stenberg, The Hate U Give
  10. Kayli Carter, Private Life
  11. Evan Rosado/Josiah Gabriel/Isaiah Kristian, We the Animals
  12. Geraldine Viswanathan, Blockers
  13. Andrew Bleechington, Life and Nothing More
  14. Mackenzie Davis, Tully
  15. Maia Mitchell & Camila Morrone, Never Goin’ Back
  16. Zachary Sayle, A Bread Factory, Parts One & Two
  17. Olivia Cooke, Thoroughbreds / Life Itself / Ready Player One
  18. Addison Timlin, Submission
  19. Johnny Flynn, Beast
  20. Louise Chevillotte, Lover for a Day
  21. Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace
  22. Isabela Moner, Instant Family / Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  23. Laia Artigas, Summer 93
  24. Kelvin Harrison Jr., Monsters and Men
  25. Kathryn Newton, Ben is Back
  26. Nick Robinson, Love, Simon
  27. Thomas Mann, The Land of Steady Habits
  28. Evan Peters, American Animals
  29. Alex Sharp, How to Talk to Girls at Parties
  30. Diana Irvine, The Boy Downstairs
  31. Lewis MacDougall, Boundaries
  32. Esther Garrel, Lover for a Day
  33. Ashton Sanders, The Equalizer 2
  34. Ekaterina Samsonov, You Were Never Really Here
  35. Maggie Mulubwa, I Am Not a Witch
  36. Joe Cole, A Prayer Before Dawn
  37. Alexandra Shipp, Love, Simon
  38. Beanie Feldstein, The Female Brain
  39. Matthew Shear, The Boy Downstairs
  40. Joey Morgan, Flower
  41. Jake Ryan, Eighth Grade
  42. Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alpha
  43. Sam Keeley, The Cured
  44. Miguel Lobo, Good Manners
  45. Quinn Shephard, Midnight Sun
  46. Tatum Marilyn Hall, Night Comes On
  47. Jessica Rothe, Forever My Girl
  48. Elijah Rodriguez, Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  49. Shenell Edmonds, Roxanne Roxanne
  50. Hayden Szeto, Truth or Dare
  51. Nico Santos, Crazy Rich Asians
  52. Storm Reid, A Wrinkle in Time
  53. Cailee Spaeny, Pacific Rim: Uprising
  54. Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Proud Mary

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