5. Silver Linings Playbook – Jennifer Lawrence
For continuing to harness that great access she has to her own heart. Also, apparently she can be funny.
4. Rust and Bone – Marion Cotillard
For a dizzying mix of passion and vain scorn. Despite everything the character goes through, Ms Cotillard always knows where to steer our concern.
3. The Color Wheel – Carlen Altman
For the enormous amount of empathy that she gains from such an irritable character. That final scene is such a tornado. Also, for being one-half of the year's greatest duo.
2. Girl Walk // All Day – Anne Marsen
For a magnetic and fearless physical performance. This was the woman this year who truly stole my heart, and she doesn't even utter a word.
1. Amour – Emmanuelle Riva
For shattering a thousand quivers in the simplest of ways. No one was braver this year. No one.
Runner Up: Hope Springs – Meryl Streep