Top 20 Performances of 1988

These are my top 20 performances listed in order for each category (lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor & supporting actress).
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1.
Jeremy Irons
British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. He visited mainland England only once a year. He wound up being grounded when his family settled down in Hertfordshire...
“ in Dead Ringers (best performance by an actor in a lead role 1988) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
2.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (aka Nicholas Blake) (Poet Laureate of England) and his second wife, Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing Studios...
“ in The Unbearable Lightness of Being (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
3.
Sam Neill
Sam Neill was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to army parents, an English-born mother, Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), and a New Zealand-born father, Dermot Neill. His family moved to the South Island of New Zealand in 1954. He went to boarding schools and then attended the universities at Canterbury and Victoria...
“ in Evil Angels (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
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“ in Monkey Shines (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
5.
Stratford Johns
South African-born Stratford Johns was forever associated with the role of tough, abrasive Superintendant Charlie Barlow on TV's Z Cars and its sequels Softly Softly: Task Force and Barlow at Large. In between, he also played Barlow in the miniseries Jack the Ripper (which, in turn, led to a 'cold case' investigation series called Second Verdict)...
“ in Salome's Last Dance (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
6.
Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall in Los Angeles, California, to Dorothy Deanne (Keaton), an amateur photographer, and John Newton Ignatius "Jack" Hall, a civil engineer and real estate broker. Her ancestry includes Irish, English, German, and Scottish. Keaton studied Drama at Santa Ana College before dropping out to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York...
“ in The Good Mother (best performance by an actress in a lead role 1988) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
7.
Jodie Foster
Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth...
“ in The Accused (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
8.
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 20 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep...
“ in Evil Angels (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
9.
Isabelle Huppert
Actress, Elle
Isabelle Huppert was born March 16, 1953, in Paris, France, but spent her childhood in Ville d'Avray. Encouraged by her mother Annick Huppert (who was a teacher of English), she followed the Conservatory of Versailles and won an acting prize for her work in Alfred de Musset's "Un caprice". She then studied at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique and followed an illustrious theatrical career...
“ in The Story of Women (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
10.
Glenn Close
Six time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Mary Hester "Bettine" (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families. Glenn...
“ in Dangerous Liaisons (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
11.
“ in Track 29 (best performance by an actor in a supporting role 1988) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
12.
Divine
Originally born Harris Glen Milstead just after the end of WWII, Baltimore's most outrageous resident eventually became the international icon of bad taste cinema, as the always shocking and highly entertaining transvestite performer, Divine. Milstead met maverick film director & good friend, John Waters...
“ in Hairspray (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
13.
Ian Holm
Sir Ian Holm is an Academy Award-nominated British film and stage actor who was a star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and played more than 100 roles in films and on television. He was born Ian Holm Cuthbert on September 12, 1931, in Goodmayes, Essex, UK, to Scottish parents who worked at the Essex mental asylum...
“ in Another Woman (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
14.
Dean Stockwell
Dean Stockwell is one of only a few people left that were alive and acting during the golden age of Hollywood. Over a long career he has worked with many of Hollywood's greatest talents. He's starred with Orson Welles in the court drama Compulsion. Worked with Gene Kelly & Frank Sinatra in the film Anchors Aweigh...
“ in Married to the Mob (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
15.
“ in The Story of Women (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
16.
Glenda Jackson
Few in modern British history have come as far or achieved as much from humble beginnings as Glenda Jackson has. From acclaimed actress to respected MP (Member of Parliament), she is known for her high intelligence and meticulous approach to her work. She was born to a working-class household in Birkenhead...
“ in Salome's Last Dance (best performance by an actress in a supporting role 1988) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
17.
Mercedes Ruehl
Actress, Big
Mercedes Ruehl was born February 28, 1948 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, to Mercedes, a school teacher, and Vincent Ruehl, an FBI agent. She made several film and television appearance before coming to her most successfully received role in Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King. She played the part of Jeff Bridges's on-screen supportive yet neurotic girlfriend...
“ in Married to the Mob (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
18.
“ in High Hopes (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
19.
Tina Bursill
Tina hails from Sydney and initially wanted to be an anthropologist before studying drama at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, graduating in 1971. Tina began her career in musicals and stand-up comedy, before developing her craft in more serious roles on stage. She became a notable name with the Australian public when she starred in the TV drama "Skyways"...
“ in Jilted (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
20.
Sandra Bernhard
Love her or hate her, this comic diva is a one-of-a-kind, in-your-face, take-no-prisoners artiste. Racy, confrontational, offensive, cynical, off-putting and angst-ridden to a T, this flinty stand-up from Flint, Michigan was born on June 6, 1955, the daughter of Jerome Bernhard, a proctologist, and his wife Jeanette...
“ in Track 29 (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg