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Best Performances of 2012: A Good Year for the Broken, Disturbed and Driven

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood December 25, 2012 at 7:00AM

A great year in film means a great year in acting. We've celebrated our Top Ten Films of 2012, and now it's time to give thanks for some of the performances that moved us this year.


Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts, "Rust and Bone" (interviews)


Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant, "Amour"

Kacey Mottet Klein and Lea Seydoux, "Sister" (interview)

Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg, "The Loneliest Planet"


"The Impossible" (interviews: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor)

"Silver Linings Playbook" (interview: Jennifer Lawrence)



This article is related to: Awards, Lists, Headliners, Jessica Chastain, Daniel Day-Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone, Lincoln, The Master, Zero Dark Thirty

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.