From comedy to drama and everything in between.
It stands to reason that a year full of stellar movies and TV would also have some phenomenal performances, and no shortage of actors we believe deserve recognition. Across every genre and every medium, 2019 was jam packed with some of the very best of the best.
We’ve rounded up 13 different roles to give special accolades to as we wind down our end of the year coverage, from comedic brilliance like Bill Hader in the title role of HBO’s Barry to the gritty, sea-shanty singing psychological drama of Willem Dafoe and Robrt Pattinson in The Lighthouse–and everything in between.
Let us know who and what your favorite performances of the year were in the comments below, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our 2019 year end round ups, like the year’s best comics, best anime, and best pro wrestlers.
1. Anthony Carrigan, Barry
Barry has an outstanding ensemble cast and isn’t exactly short on good performances. But while they all do great work in Season 2, it’s Anthony Carrigan who steals the show. His portrayal of Chechen gangster Noho Hank was played mostly (and brilliantly) for laughs in Season 1, but the second season allowed the actor to give the character a darker, more dramatic edge. Hank’s desperation to be liked and his bumbling approach to the criminal life makes it easy to forget that he’s still a ruthless killer, but there are moments in Season 2 where we are truly reminded of this, most notably the scene in…