From TV vets Steve Carell and Andre Braugher to movie stars Mia Goth and Anna Diop, here are the best on-screen performances of 2022.
“Indeed, you must stand before the public and God and erase yourself.” So Cate Blanchett’s Lydia Tarr suggests, in one of the great and thematically controversial scenes of “TÁR,” how artists and practitioners of the arts should set aside their identities to serve a greater good: art itself, though the artists themselves.
Things for an artist of Lydia Tarr’s stature certainly don’t go very well in her favour, to be sure, and while we don’t necessarily endorse her statement, it can be applied to the best screen performers of the year – they stand in front of a certain audience (the movie or TV audience) and obscure themselves ( Hopefully it performs well enough to get people moving).
Each year of exceptional film and television brings yet another set of indelible offerings, many of which have become synonymous with the movie or series itself. 2022 was no exception; Even with more television than ever before and audiences re-evaluating their relationship with theaters, names popped up even before eager viewers watched or tickets bought.
Take Amanda Seyfried in “The Dropout” as convicted fraudster Elizabeth Holmes, which is a fantasy performance Not-Bring an imaginary person to a fantastically vibrant life. Michelle Yeoh’s multiverse-spanning role in Everything Everywhere at Once reminded us that life is an ever-changing series of vignettes we move through, hoping that there’s something soul-affirming on the other end. Kayvan Novak’s work on What We Do in the Shadows has once again told us that you don’t have to be a fan of the vampire lore to appreciate anyone’s classy work. play Vampire. An original American film in the Philip Marlowe genre was long overdue and realized in series like Dark Winds, Zane McClarnon told us, and that such a show can still find unique pockets of film noir to appreciate on any screen size.
“What about Beethoven? You’re in it?” Whereas the arrogant Tarr, obsessed with classical music, asked such a question with hostility that he dared to shy away from it, you didn’t have to be a fan of classical music to appreciate what Blanchett did in “Tar,” a performance Almost everyone is competing in this year’s movie.
From silent musings to full enactment, these actors have left it all on screen and an undeniable impression on audiences. Aside from the statuettes, they’ve also given the best performances of the year, even some of their careers. Here are IndieWire’s favorite shows of the year on any screen.
Judd Dry, David Ehrlich, Kate Erbland, Ali Fuhrmann, Steve Green, Christine Lopez, Erin Stricker, Ben Travers, Brian Welk, and Christian Zylko contributed to this list.
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