Top 20 Performances of 1985

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.
William Hurt
William McChord Hurt was born in Washington, D.C., to Claire Isabel (McGill) and Alfred McChord Hurt, who worked at the State Department. He was trained at Tufts University and The Juilliard School and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including the most recent nomination for his supporting role in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence...
“ in Kiss of the Spiderwoman (best performance by an actor in a lead role 1985) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
2.
Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer was a music student and studied drama at Stuttgarter Hochschule. He was a true stage actor and therefore didn't like to work in movies except for two small parts in The Salzburg Connection and A Sunday in October. This changed when Hungarian director István Szabó gave him a leading part in Mephisto...
“ in Colonel Rehl (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
3.
Ed Harris
By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has earned the reputation as one of the most talented actors of our time. Ed Harris was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, to Margaret (Sholl), a travel agent, and Robert Lee Harris, a bookstore worker who also sang professionally...
“ in Sweet Dreams (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
4.
“ in Bliss (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
5.
John Cusack
John Cusack is, like most of his characters, an unconventional hero. Wary of fame and repelled by formulaic Hollywood fare, he has built a successful career playing underdogs and odd men out--all the while avoiding the media spotlight. John was born in Evanston, Illinois, to an Irish-American family...
“ in The Sure Thing (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
6.
Jessica Lange
Actress, Big Fish
Jessica Phyllis Lange was born 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota, to Dorothy Florence (Sahlman) and Albert John Lange, a traveling salesman and teacher. She is of Finnish (mother) and Dutch and German (father) descent. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama...
“ in Sweet Dreams (best performance by an actress in a lead role 1985) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
7.
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 19 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 Plenty (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
8.
Vanessa Redgrave
On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, Vanessa Redgrave...
“ in Wetherby (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
9.
“ in Edith's Diary (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
10.
Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow was born in Los Angeles, California, to director John Farrow and actress and Tarzan-girl Maureen O'Sullivan. Her father was Australian-born (of English descent) and her mother was Irish-born (of Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry). Farrow debuted at the movies in 1959 in very small roles...
“ in The Purple Rose of Cairo (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
11.
Denholm Elliott
Much-loved character actor who specialised in playing slightly sleazy/slightly eccentric and often flawed upper middle class English gentlemen. His career spanned nearly 40 years, becoming a well-known face both in Britain and in the States.
“ in A Private Function (best performance by an actor in a supporting role 1985) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
12.
“ in Insignificance (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
13.
Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz, the eldest of three children of Helen (Klein) and Emanuel Schwartz, Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Curtis himself admits that while he had almost no formal education, he was a student of the "school of hard knocks" and learned from a young age that the only person who ever had his back was himself...
“ in Insignificance (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
14.
Gary Busey
A blond-haired, fair-complexioned actor with a toothy grin and capable of an unsettling glint in his eyes, Gary Busey was born in Goose Creek, Texas, and was raised in Oklahoma. He is the son of Sadie Virginia (Arnett), a homemaker, and Delmar Lloyd Busey, a construction design manager. He has English...
“ in Insignificance (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
15.
Jeff Daniels
Actor Jeff Daniels was born in Athens, Georgia, but was raised in Chelsea, Michigan. He is the son of Marjorie J. (Ferguson) and Robert Lee Daniels, who owned The Chelsea Lumber Company and was also mayor of Chelsea. Jeff attended Central Michigan University, but became involved in acting and dropped out to pursue a career as an actor...
“ in The Purple Rose of Cairo (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
16.
“ in Bliss (best performance by an actress in a supporting role 1986) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
17.
“ in What Have I Done To Deserve This? (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
18.
“ in Ran (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
19.
Ann Wedgeworth
Actress, Evening Shade
Ann Wedgeworth was born January 21, 1934 in Abilene, Texas to Cortus and Elizabeth Wedgeworth, she graduated from from Highland Park High School in University Park, and later graduated from the University of Texas in 1957. After graduation, Ann moved to New York City and auditioned several times before she was admitted to The Actors Studio...
“ in Sweet Dreams (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
20.
“ in A Private Function (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg