2010 Best Performances - Actress in Lead Roles

It's the year of the women in movies! Most of the greatest performances this year was delivered by actresses that it's so hard to limit it to just 5 or 6!
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1.
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, to a Jewish family. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie's agent. She left Israel for Washington...
“ for Black Swan

Definitely the best of the year! Without Portman, the movie itself would not be as compelling. As you watch the movie, you are glued to her every move, her every words and whisper and it's such a joy to watch her unravel and succumb to madness. ” - myc4971
 
2.
Jennifer Lawrence
Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is best known for playing Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook, and Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle. Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (Koch), who manages a children's camp...
“ for Winter's Bone

In movies like Black Swan and Winter's Bone where the story follows and scrutinizes a character in every scene, the movie calls for an accomplished actress who has the skills to be consistent and magnetic. This is the first year that I've heard of Jennifer Lawrence and it's a performance that's hard to forget and difficult to outdo. ” - myc4971
 
3.
Annette Bening
Annette Bening was born on May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, the youngest of four children of Shirley (Ashley), a soloist and church singer, and Arnett Grant Bening, an insurance salesman. She has German and English ancestry. Her family moved to California when she was young, and she grew up there. She...
“ for The Kid's Are All Right

Anette Bening is definitely a great actress. I think she should have won an Oscar for her performance in American Beauty (over Hilary Swank in Boys Don't Cry). But she delivers an extraordinary performance that I didn't quite expect from her. ” - myc4971
 
4.
Nicole Kidman
Actress, Moulin Rouge!
Elegant redhead Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas. Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and clinical psychologist...
“ for Rabbit Hole

Another mesmerizing actress that doesn't need the prostethics to deliver a wonderful performance. In my opinion, she should have won for Moulin Rouge (over Halle Berry) instead of The Hours. But I think this is her strongest performance to date where she showed restraint and so much sensitivity... she was the embodiment of loss. ” - myc4971
 
5.
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from Burlington, New Jersey, has German, Irish, German-Jewish, and English ancestry...
“ for The Kids Are All Right

One of my favorite actresses, she can do no wrong (except maybe appear in 30 rock in Irish accent which is totally ridiculous). I think she should have won an Oscar at least once with intelligent and brilliant performances in movies like Far From Heaven (she should have over Nicole Kidman/The Hours), Boogie Nights, End of an Affair and A Single Man. Certainly, this will go down as one of the best performances in her career. ” - myc4971
 
6.
Hailee Steinfeld
Actress, True Grit
Hailee Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996 in Tarzana, California, to Cheri (Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has a brother, Griffin. Her uncle is Jake Steinfeld, a fitness trainer, and her great-uncle is actor Larry Domasin. Her father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and her mother's ancestry is Filipino...
“ for True Grit

I think he should be in the lead and True Grit was actually her movie. I just find it strange that she's being nominated as a supporting actress!

Anyway, watching her makes me wonder if she can ever sustain a career and follow this strong performance with another one. ” - myc4971
 
7.
Carey Mulligan
Actress, Drive
Carey Mulligan is a British actress, born May 28, 1985, in Westminster, London, England, to Nano (Booth), a university lecturer, and Stephen Mulligan, a hotel manager. Her father is of Irish descent and her mother is Welsh, originally from Llandeilo. Her first major appearance was playing Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice alongside Keira Knightley...
“ for Never Let Me Go

I'm so enjoying the fact that there are a lot of young actors today who are stepping up. I think these recent years, we're seeing a lot of them who could very well take over veterans like Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, etc. Carey Mulligan, after following An Education with Never Let Me Go and Wall Street 2, will definitely be one of the actors we will call a veteran 10 or 15 years from now. ” - myc4971