5. Obvious Child – Jenny Slate
For taking an unlikely personality and turning it into effervescent comedy and warmth.
4. The Immigrant – Marion Cotillard
For providing this year with two devastating performances. Ewa Cybulski is my favourite of the two only because she exhibits true Lillian Gish torture.
3. Under the Skin – Scarlett Johansson
For a fierce dive into ethnographic fearlessness, finding new ways to convey loneliness. It is the year's boldest performance.
2. Still Alice – Julianne Moore
For, as always, infusing more humanity than one might think possible so that we don't merely watch her but stare at her.
1. Listen Up Philip – Elisabeth Moss
For carefully constructing a line of empathy that allows us in to Ashley's mental state of lament. Even as she erratically chides her ex-boyfriend, we always understand why.
Runner Up: Two Days, One Night – Marion Cotillard
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