Best Performances and Filmmakers of 2023

Brandon Vick's list of the best performances and filmmakers of 2023 is here!

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Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.
– Meryl Streep, Actress



  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus- You Hurt My Feelings
  • Abby Ryder Fortson– Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
  • Lily Gladstone– Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Julianne Moore – May December
  • Rachel Sennott- Bottoms, I Used To Be Funny
  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph– The Holdovers
  • Eve Hewson- Flora and Son
  • Phoebe Dynevor- Fair Play
  • Cailee Spaeny- Priscilla
  • Rachel McAdams– Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
  • Ayo Edebiri – Bottoms, Theater Camp
  • Margaret Qualley– Sanctuary
  • Penelope Cruz- Ferrari
  • Teyana Taylor– A Thousand and One
  • Vivian Oparah- Rye Lane
  • Scarlett Johansson– Asteroid City
  • Natalie Portman– May December
  • Rosamund Pike- Saltburn
  • Danielle Brooks – The Color Purple
  • Thomasin McKenzie– Eileen
  • Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor- Origin
  • Emily Blunt- Oppenheimer
  • Emma Mackey- Emily
  • Jennifer Lawrence– No Hard Feelings


5. Margot Robbie – Barbie
4. Sandra Hüller– Anatomy of a Fall, The Zone of Interest
3. Carey Mulligan– Maestro
2. Greta Lee – Past Lives
1. Emma Stone – Poor Things



  • Matt Damon- Air, Oppenheimer
  • Robert DeNiro- Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Keanu Reeves – John Wick: Chapter Four
  • Willem Dafoe– Poor Things
  • Milo Machado Graner – Anatomy of a Fall
  • Teo Yoo- Past Lives
  • Paul Dano- Dumb Money
  • Jeffrey Wright- American Fiction
  • Alden Ehrenreich- Fair Play
  • Leonardo DiCaprio- Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Mads Mikkelsen- The Promised Land
  • Nicolas Cage- Dream Scenario
  • Jeremy Allen White- The Iron Claw
  • Glenn Howerton- Blackberry
  • Joaquin Phoenix- Beau is Afraid, Napoleon
  • Barry Keoghan- Saltburn
  • Kelvin Harrison Jr.- Chevalier
  • Jason Schwartzman- Asteroid City
  • Robert Downey Jr.- Oppenheimer
  • Harris Dickinson- The Iron Claw
  • Dominic Sessa- The Holdovers
  • Timothée Chalamet– Wonka
  • Casey Affleck- Dreamin’ Wild
  • Adam Driver– Ferrari
  • Jamie Foxx- The Burial, They Cloned Tyrone
  • Charles Melton – May December
  • Mark Ruffalo– Poor Things


5. Colman Domingo – Rustin, The Color Purple
4. Zac Efron – The Iron Claw
3. Ryan Gosling – Barbie
2. Paul Giamatti  – The Holdovers
1. Cillian Murphy – Oppenheimer

To make a film is easy; To make a good film is war. To make a very good film is a miracle.
– Alejandro González Iñárritu, Director



  • Nicole Holofcener– You Hurt My Feelings
  • Ben Affleck– Air
  • Joaquim Dos Santos, Justin K. Thompson, and Kemp Powers– Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  • Justine Triet– Anatomy of a Fall
  • Bradley Cooper- Maestro
  • Blitz Bazawule– The Color Purple
  • Sean Durkin– The Iron Claw
  • Takashi Yamazaki– Godzilla Minus One
  • Alexander Payne– The Holdovers
  • Kristoffer Borgli– Dream Scenario
  • Emma Seligman– Bottoms
  • Chad Stahelski– John Wick: Chapter Four
  • Kelly Fremon Craig– Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret
  • William Oldroyd– Eileen
  • Michael B. Jordan– Creed III
  • Peter Sohn– Elemental
  • James Gunn– Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  • Demián Rugna– When Evil Lurks
  • Ray Romano– Somewhere in Queens
  • Hirokazu Kore-eda– Monster


5. Martin Scorsese– Killers of the Flower Moon
4. Yorgos Lanthimos  Poor Things
3. Greta Gerwig  Barbie
2. Celine Song  Past Lives
1. Christopher Nolan  Oppenheimer

Brandon Vick is a member of The Music City Film Critics’ Association and the Southeastern Film Critics Association, the resident film critic of the SoBros Network, and the star of The Vick’s Flicks Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @SirBrandonV and be sure to search #VicksFlicks for all of his latest movie reviews.

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