What are the most extraordinary acting performances in the past ten years?

Great movies come and go and as time passes by, we see lots of new faces making their way into the Hollywood spotlight through amazing movies. However, when acting performances are just that good, they could be legendary. Countless recognitions have been given out to the best actors and actresses who have put their all into their roles. Movie fans will never forget names like multiple Academy Award-winners Daniel Day-Lewis, Jack Nicholson, or Meryl Streep. These iconic greats have cemented their status in cinema because of superb acting performances. As we dig deep into the list of our favorite actors and actresses' movies, we can pick out some distinct roles on the way.

Some great acting performances can earn an Oscar nomination or two, some get to bring home the bacon, while some go sadly unnoticed. At the end of the day, the way we choose our favorite actors can vary in many ways. Some watch certain actors and actresses simply because of their pretty faces, while some go full-on spectator mode and analyze how certain roles are portrayed. Of course, successful flicks need great performances and that is why a lot of iconic films also have iconic names on their cast. We have seen some great acting performances that made movies shine over the past decade and it's time to recognize them. Dive in this list and find the most extraordinary acting performance in the past ten years that you would not dare want to miss. So grab your popcorns and enjoy these actors' amazing show of talent! 

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  1. #1

    Joaquin Phoenix (Joker, 2019)

    Would you be able to come up with a single word to describe Joaquin Phoenix's performance for his 2019 film 'Joker'? For one, it did give fans lots of feels and different amazing moments. Of course, Heath Ledger would also be brought up on any villain conversation. However, this new Joker role shows a very sophisticated yet violent film which has never been seen in cinema before. This is what makes Mr. Phoenix's acting very recognizable. 

    • Randy ChavezWritten on February 4, 2020
      "Joaquin Phoenix has been y favorite actor since Gladiator but what he did in his more recent films are superb. This Joker role that he had was the best thing that ever happened to him as he really made a great acting performance out of it"
  2. #2

    Natalie Portman (Black Swan, 2010)

    We all know that Natalie Portman is an amazingly talented and beautiful actress. She has been on great films while portraying a wide range of roles that did not stop her from further expanding her work. In 2010's Black Swan, her maturity as an actress was on full display as she played a troubled ballet dancer. If you still are wondering why she grabbed the Oscar for that film, you might want to watch the film yourself. 

    • Ruth BatesWritten on February 4, 2020
      "Her beauty, her acting, everything is on point! Only Meryl Streep could be batter as a modern-day actress"
  3. #3

    Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave, 2013)

    Lupita Nyong'o has not been that well-known of an actress prior to talking on her role for 12 Years a Slave. Her performance as Patsey, an abused yet empowered servant, is too much to pass on, though. She has received a lot of praise for how she did justice for her acting on her debut film, which has also won her a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award.

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  1. #4

    Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, 2015)

    Saoirse Ronan is one of cinema's more underrated young stars, even as she has shown her spectacle in films like 'Hanna' and 'The Lovely Bones'. However, what is more impressive is that she has already received an Academy Award nomination at the age of 13. This is proof that this girl has got what it takes to move atop the ranks of the acting echelon. For her role in 2015's 'Brooklyn', she played Eilis, a young Irish woman who finds herself in America to help her struggling loved ones.

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  2. #5

    Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club, 2013)

    Jared Leto is known for engaging his roles using method acting. This is what makes his performance as an HIV-infected transgender woman in this film more impressive. You can just imagine how much Leto made sure he looks the role and of course, feels like it. His performance as Rayon was nonetheless praised by critics, making him one of the most bonafide great actors of the past decade.

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Best What are the most extraordinary acting performances in the past ten years
1Joaquin Phoenix (Joker, 2019)Other 19 Paid
2Natalie Portman (Black Swan, 2010)Other 14 Paid
3Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave, 2013)Other 10 Paid
4Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, 2015)Other 2 Paid
5Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club, 2013)Other 1 Paid

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