Some of the greatest acting feats of the year belonged to women who owned every moment in front of the camera, from the star-crossed lovers of “Portrait of a Lady on Fire
” to the stripper team-up of “Hustlers
.” While it’s an understatement to say that blockbusters underserved women this year (bring on “Black Widow
”!), the year as a whole was hardly a disappointment, with elaborate period pieces and genre efforts placing powerful women at the center of the frame and showcasing their talents in ways that will resonate for generations to come.
Of course, there we’re plenty of exciting breakout stories this year, as we’ve already documented, but the women who qualify for a list of the best film performances by actresses have fully arrived in every sense of the term. Ahead, the 20 best performances by actresses in 2019.Awkwafina
, “The Farewell
” is a masterful film,