Top 5 Performances by an Actress in a Film in 2016

As the 2016 film season comes to a halt, I will be choosing my top 5 picks for the best performances by an actress in a film in 2016.

Find more of my Top 5 Lists HERE

Note: As I have not seen every film this year, this is compiled from the films I have seen (I’ve seen over 50 2016 releases). Many of the potential Oscar films may be absent as they are only in limited release or have not yet been released in NZ, where I live. As I see these films before the Oscar ceremony I will update the list if necessary and let you know about it!

To be eligible for these lists, ‘2016’ means to be theatrically released in 2016 or released on a legal streaming service in 2016, or be up to my discretion.

Top 5 Performances by an Actress in a Film in 2016

1. Natalie Portman (Jackie Kennedy, Jackie)

2. Emma Stone (Mia Dolan, La La Land)

3. Isabelle Huppert (Michele Leblanc, Elle)

4. Naomie Harris (Paula, Moonlight)

5. Amy Adams (Louise Banks, Arrival)

Honourable Mentions: Michelle Williams (Manchester By The Sea), Tilda Swinton (A Bigger Splash), Allison Janney (Tallulah), Helen Mirren (Eye in the Sky), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)

Photos: Natalie Portman (Vulture), Emma Stone (Collider), Isabelle Huppert (Variety), Naomie Harris (Variety), Amy Adams (YouTube)