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Entertainment The Best Actress Performances of 2013  

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List of the best actress performances of 2013, as ranked by film critics and movie lovers. Female actors are often overlooked when it comes to the many amazing film performances throughout the years. When it comes to actresses, the most successful ones are usually more known for what they wear on the red carpet than what they did to get there. However, during award season that all changes. Actresses who have poured their heart and soul into a gorgeous, breathtaking performance finally get the recognition they deserve for their hard work.

The actresses on this list gave some of the most emotionally honest and stunning performances of 2013. These performances will be remembered long after most movies have been forgotten. Sandra Bullock recently single handedly carried Gravity in an intense performance. Well known critically acclaimed actresses like Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, and Judi Dench also gave beloved performances. Meanwhile, newer actresses like Brie Larson and Lupita Nyong’o gave mind-blowing performances with less renown.

What are the best actress performances of 2013? Whether they’ve been working in the business for decades or are just starting out, the women on this list more than proved their worth in the entertainment business with their performances this year. 

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, X-Men: First Class
83 48
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SlashLover added Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
61 33
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The Deer Hunter, Out of Africa, Kramer vs. Kramer
67 44
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
70 49
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The Blind Side, Gravity, Crash
66 47
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Man of Steel, Catch Me If You Can, Enchanted
43 28
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Casino Royale, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love
46 33
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Brave
41 29
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Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
33 31
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Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland
27 26
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Pretty Woman, Ocean's Eleven, Hook
20 18
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Blue Is the Warmest Colour, Carré blanc, Les enfants de Timpelbach
26 26
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MichaelOberg added Juno, Pearl Harbor, Daredevil
22 22
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The Descendants, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars
16 18
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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Interstellar, The Help
16 18
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MichaelOberg added 12 Years a Slave, Serenity, What Women Want
15 17
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21 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 13 Going on 30
15 17
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The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Big Fish
20 26
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King Kong, The Ring, Mulholland Drive
13 17
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MichaelOberg added Scent of a Woman, Meet Joe Black, The Age of Innocence
19 26
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Batman Forever, Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge!
11 16
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MichaelOberg added Million Dollar Baby, The Rocketeer, The Firm
8 13
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything, Like Crazy
13 20
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MichaelOberg added Godzilla, An Education, Layer Cake
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wiabux added Rooney Mara - Side Effects