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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
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The Deer Hunter, Out of Africa, Kramer vs. Kramer
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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
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The Blind Side, Gravity, Crash
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Man of Steel, Catch Me If You Can, Enchanted
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Casino Royale, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Brave
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Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
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Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland
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Blue Is the Warmest Colour, Carré blanc, Les enfants de Timpelbach
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Pretty Woman, Ocean's Eleven, Hook
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MichaelOberg added Juno, Pearl Harbor, Daredevil
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The Descendants, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars
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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Interstellar, The Help
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MichaelOberg added 12 Years a Slave, Serenity, What Women Want
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The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Big Fish
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21 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 13 Going on 30
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King Kong, The Ring, Mulholland Drive
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MichaelOberg added Scent of a Woman, Meet Joe Black, The Age of Innocence
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Batman Forever, Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge!
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MichaelOberg added Margo Martindale - August: Osage County Million Dollar Baby, The Rocketeer, The Firm
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wiabux added Rooney Mara - Side Effects
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MichaelOberg added Godzilla, An Education, Layer Cake
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything, Like Crazy