Top 20 Performances of 1978

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.
“ in Coming (best performance by an actor in a lead role 1978) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
2.
“ in In a Year of 13 Moons (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
3.
“ in The Night, the Prowler (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
4.
David Niven
David Niven was named after the Saint's Day on which he was born, St. David, patron Saint of Wales. He attended Stowe School and Sandhurst Military Academy and served for two years in Malta with the Highland Light Infantry. At the outbreak of World War II, although a top-line star, he re-joined the army (Rifle Brigade)...
“ in Candleshoe (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
5.
Keith Carradine
Actor, Nashville
It seems the second generation of acting Carradines -- David, Keith and Robert -- are proudly continuing the family tradition and begetting a third generation of talent. The dynasty began with veteran Hollywood patriarch John Carradine, the son of a surgeon and a correspondent for the Associated Press. Keith was a child, born of John's second marriage to actress Sonia Sorel...
“ in Pretty Baby (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
6.
Jane Fonda
Actress, Nine to Five
Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by...
“ in Coming Home (best performance by an actress in a lead role 1978) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
7.
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 Stevie (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
8.
“ in The Night, the Prowler (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
9.
“ in The Night, the Prowler (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
10.
Hanna Schygulla
Lead icon of the influential New German Cinema of the 70's & 80's, Schygulla's natural blonde beauty and amazing versatility keep her among the world's top actresses. She won best actress at Cannes in 1983 for The Story of Piera (aka "The Story of Piera"), an Italian/German co-production. The Turkish/German co-production...
“ in The Marriage of Maria Braun (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
11.
Bruce Dern
Actor, Nebraska
Bruce Dern was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Jean (MacLeish) and John Dern, an attorney and utility chief. His paternal grandfather, George Henry Dern, served as Governor of Utah (1925-1933) and then U.S. Secretary of War (1933-1936). His ancestry includes German, English, Scottish, and Dutch. Bruce Dern had established himself as the movies' premier heavy...
“ in Coming Home (best performance by an actor in a supporting role 1978) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
12.
John Savage
This American film actor also multitasks as a producer, composer and production manager. He rose to fame in the 1970s, praised for his range and sensitivity. His blonde rugged looks helped viewers connect even more easily to his powerful performances. Born John Youngs in Old Bethpage, New York, Savage attended the American Academy of Performing Arts...
“ in The Deer Hunter (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
13.
David Warner
Actor, Titanic
David Hattersley Warner was born July 29, 1941 in Manchester, England, to Ada Doreen (Hattersley) and Herbert Simon Warner. He has described his childhood as "messy". His father changed jobs often and moved from town to town. David attended eight schools and "failed his exams at all of them". His parents separated when he was a teenager and he only saw his mother again seven years later...
“ in Silver Bears (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
14.
Christopher Plummer
Actor, Up
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister (from 1891 to 1892)...
“ in The Silent Partner (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
15.
“ in In Search of Anna (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
16.
Geraldine Page
Actress, The Rescuers
Considered by many to be one of the greatest American actresses of all time, Geraldine Page was a master craftswoman who seemed to bring out the most inner detail of the character she was playing. Her dedication to her craft has earned her the respect of many of today's great actors including Meryl Streep and Michelle Pfeiffer...
“ in Interiors (best performance by an actress in a supporting role 1978) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
17.
Ellen Burstyn
Actress, Interstellar
Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from Detroit's Cass Technical High School...
“ in A Dream of Passion (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
18.
“ in Coming Home (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
19.
“ in Days of Heaven (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
20.
Carol Burnett
The entertainment world has enjoyed a five-decade love affair with comedienne/singer Carol Burnett. A peerless sketch performer and delightful, self-effacing personality who rightfully succeeded Lucille Ball as the carrot-topped "Queen of Television Comedy," it was Burnett's traumatic childhood that set the stage for her comedy...
“ in A Wedding (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg