Every year, I try to keep track of all the great performances, and midway through the year, I’ve basically lost count. Even though studios try to hold back the goods until Oscar season, there’s no stopping the sheer amount of phenomenal work that actors deliver throughout the year, and 2015 was no different. Across languages, backgrounds, franchises, and genres, there was no place where these performances were just contained to one kind of role. It wasn’t just biopics or just dramas. These actors were pivotal to why their movies succeeded, and whether you’ve never heard their name before or have known them for decades, their work will continue to resonate.
Read on for our choices for the best performances of 2015.