2022 delivered some of the most notable and memorable films. We also witnessed exceptional acting skills by various actors. We look back at some of the top Hollywood performances from 2022 as the year comes to a conclusion.

The actors on this list, while not listed in any particular order, produced rich, exceptional work that shone out regardless of how much screen time they had. Here is a list of the best Hollywood performances of the year:

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Cate Blanchett in Tár

Todd Field’s operatic exploration of the abuse of power features Blanchett as the titular orchestra leader Lydia Tár, and Blanchett is nothing short of remarkable in the role. The actor’s ability to make the audience believe that she is a clever, EGOT-winning artist who knows her craft, rather than amusing the audience with long remarks, is the true strength of her performance. 

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The audience firmly believes in her commitment to excellence and her leadership skills when it comes to a group of musicians. Blanchett has performed an act of genius by portraying one. Blanchett here paints a forensic, razor-sharp depiction of an artist in a career marked by thrilling work. 

Janelle Monáe in Glass Onion

In the sneakily entertaining follow-up to Knives Out (2019), Monáe’s Andi has no time for squandering around trying to figure out a problem when the viewers first meet her. With an axe, she smashes the wooden box and gets right to the point. Janelle outperforms stars Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, and Kate Hudson in the ensemble whodunit. 

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Even the smallest error in character judgement could have ruined this complex, expertly planned performance. The fact that her performance improves even more on the second viewing after one understands what transpired emphasises the fact that this is a performance that shouldn’t be missed.

Timothée Chalamet in Bones And All

Chalamet portrays Lee, a young cannibal who selects his prey based on their ability to commit an act of wrongdoing or cause harm to another person. Once his character confesses his torturous past to Taylor Russell’s Maren in Luca Guadagnino’s superb Bones And All, the pattern slowly becomes apparent. 

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Luca, who steered the rising star to international fame in Call Me By Your Name, certainly has a knack for utilising the actor’s restraint and impulsivity. The wounded, battered heart at the centre of the movie is played by Chalamet as Lee; not a single note in this subtly moving performance feels out of place.

Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All At Once

In Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s Everything Everywhere All At Once, Yeoh gave the performance of the year, hopping from one universe to another without losing a single bit of the emotional openness. Yeoh excels in this once-in-a-lifetime part because of her decades of experience in physical action. She can also generate a tenderness that lifts her character Evelyn Wang out of the interlaced screenplay’s grasp and gives her an unlimited range of control.

Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

The incredible action sequences in Top Gun Maverick can only be performed by Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. After 36 years, the actor reprises the part and gives it the fervour and vigour of a contemporary celebrity. 

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This is a movie star performance at its best, glowing with age and experience, unafraid to convey his worries, disappointments, and insecurities. The cockpit sequences alone are in a league of their own. It’s a composed performance from a performer that consistently keeps the audience’s interest alive.