I’m a Daniel Day-Lewis partisan, I guess, because I can’t accept the idea that any actor in any movie in 2017 performs better than he does in Phantom Thread, but I can’t complain about Saoirse Ronan taking the top spot for her work in Lady Bird.
…oh, right, sorry, forgot to start this off by saying that the gang at Paste Magazine put out our list of the year’s best performances. That’s a good foot to lead on. My bad! In addition to DDL, I wrote about Adam Sandler for The Meyerowitz Stories, Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project, and Haley Lu Richardson for Columbus. Truthfully, they’re all great (or else I wouldn’t have written a word about them).