15 January 2013 10:53 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

This is probably a fool’s errand. Considering there are so many performances to be excited about in any given year – 2013 included – it’s nearly impossible trying to narrow it down to seven. But I did it anyway! Perhaps “Top 7 Performances I’m Most Excited About While Writing This List” would be more accurate. That just wasn’t quite as catchy. Nevertheless, here are seven performances that I’m really looking forward to in 2013.

(Yes, yes, I know we’re already a couple weeks into 2013. Sorry, Sean Penn in Gangster Squad. I guess it wasn’t your destiny to make this list.)

7. Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Role: The wicked dragon that Bilbo and company must take on in order to reclaim the dwarves treasure.

Reason: I love Benedict Cumberbatch, thanks in large part to “Sherlock” and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, »

- Shane T. Nier

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