Top 20 Performances of 1988

by Aunt-Peg | created - 23 Aug 2011 | updated - 23 Aug 2011 | Public

These are my top 20 performances listed in order for each category (lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor & supporting actress).

1. Jeremy Irons

Actor | Dead Ringers

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 ...

in Dead Ringers (best performance by an actor in a lead role 1988)

2. Daniel Day-Lewis

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Nicholas Blake, Poet Laureate of the U.K., and his second wife, actress Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing ...

in The Unbearable Lightness of Being (2nd choice)

3. Sam Neill

Actor | Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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 ...

in Evil Angels (3rd choice)

4. Jason Beghe

Actor | The Next Three Days

Jason Beghe was born on March 12, 1960 in New York City, New York, USA as Jason Deneen Beghe. He is an actor and producer, known for The Next Three Days (2010), Thelma & Louise (1991) and G.I. Jane (1997). He has been married to Angie Janu since 2000. They have two children.

in Monkey Shines (4th choice)

5. Stratford Johns

Actor | Cromwell

South African-born Stratford Johns was forever associated with the role of tough, abrasive Superintendant Charlie Barlow on TV's Z Cars (1962) and its sequels Softly Softly: Task Force (1969) and Barlow at Large (1971). In between, he also played Barlow in the miniseries Jack the Ripper (1973) (...

in Salome's Last Dance (5th choice)

6. Diane Keaton

Actress | Annie Hall

Diane was a California native who studied Drama at Santa Ana College before dropping out to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. After appearing in summer stock for several months, she got her first major stage role in the Broadway rock musical "Hair". As understudy to the lead, she ...

in The Good Mother (best performance by an actress in a lead role 1988)

7. Jodie Foster

Actress | The Silence of the Lambs

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 ...

in The Accused (3rd choice)

8. Meryl Streep

Actress | Out of Africa

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 ...

in Evil Angels (3rd choice)

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...

in The Story of Women (4th choice)

10. Glenn Close

Actress | Fatal Attraction

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)

11. Christopher Lloyd

Actor | Back to the Future

Christopher Lloyd was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Connecticut, USA as Christopher Allen Lloyd. He is an actor, known for Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Addams Family Values (1993). He was previously married to Jane Walker Wood, Carol Ann Vanek, Kay Tornborg ...

in Track 29 (best performance by an actor in a supporting role 1988)

12. Divine

Actor | Hairspray

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 ...

in Hairspray (2nd choice)

13. Ian Holm

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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 ...

in Another Woman (3rd choice)

14. Dean Stockwell

Actor | Quantum Leap

Photogenic American child actor of the 1940s, popular due in no small measure to his air of innocence and his beautiful, cherubic face with its dimples and his sparkling eyes, topped with a crown of curls. Still an actor in demand while well into his middle years, he is one of the few juvenile ...

in Married to the Mob (4th choice)

15. François Cluzet

Actor | Intouchables

François Cluzet was born on September 21, 1955 in Paris, France. He is an actor, known for The Intouchables (2011), Tell No One (2006) and À l'origine (2009).

in The Story of Women (5th choice)

16. Glenda Jackson

Actress | Women in Love

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 ...

in Salome's Last Dance (best performance by an actress in a supporting role 1988)

17. Mercedes Ruehl

Actress | The Fisher King

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 (1991). She ...

in Married to the Mob (2nd choice)

18. Heather Tobias

Actress | Making Out

Heather Tobias was born in 1953 in Shepherd's Bush, London, England. She is an actress, known for Making Out (1989), Our Mutual Friend (1998) and New Tricks (2003).

in High Hopes (3rd choice)

19. Tina Bursill

Actress | Son of the Mask

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 ...

in Jilted (4th choice)

20. Sandra Bernhard

Actress | The King of Comedy

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...

in Track 29 (5th choice)