top 20 Performances of 2004

by Aunt-Peg | created - 20 Aug 2011 | updated - 20 Aug 2011 | Public

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

1. Paul Giamatti

Actor | Sideways

Paul Giamatti is an American actor who has worked steadily and prominently for over twenty years, and is best known for leading roles in the films American Splendor (2003), Sideways (2004), and Barney's Version (2010) (for which he won a Golden Globe), and supporting roles in the films Cinderella ...

in Sideways (best performance by an actor in a lead role 2004)

2. Bruno Ganz

Actor | Der Untergang

Bruno Ganz debuted at the theatre in 1961 and gained there a good reputation as a solid, young actor. In 1970 he founded with Peter Stein the theatre company "Schaubuehne" of Berlin. His debut at the movies was early and unsuccessful during the decade of 1960. His talent as a reflexive actor with ...

in Downfall (2nd choice)

3. Liam Neeson

Actor | Schindler's List

Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by ...

in Kinsey (3rd choice)

4. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Gran Torino

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...

in Million Dollar Baby (4th choice)

5. Birol Ünel

Actor | Gegen die Wand

Birol Ünel was born on August 18, 1961 in Silifke, Mersin, Turkey. He is an actor, known for Head-On (2004), Enemy at the Gates (2001) and Soul Kitchen (2009).

in Head On (5th choice)

6. Imelda Staunton

Actress | Pride

Imelda Staunton was born on January 9, 1956 in Archway, London, England as Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton. She is an actress, known for Pride (2014), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). She has been married to Jim Carter since October 1983. ...

in Vera Drake (best performance by an actress in a lead role 2004)

7. Hilary Swank

Actress | Boys Don't Cry

Hilary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judith Kay (Clough), a secretary, and Stephen Michael Swank, who served in the National Guard and was also a traveling salesman. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican descent, and her other roots include German, English, and ...

in Million Dollar Baby (2nd choice)

8. Mirella Pascual

Actress | Whisky

Mirella Pascual is an actress, known for Whisky (2004), El último verano de la Boyita (2009) and Miss Tacuarembó (2010).

in Whiskey (3rd choice)

9. Julie Delpy

Actress | Trois couleurs: Blanc

Julie Delpy was born in Paris, France, in 1969 to Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet, both actors.

She was first featured in Jean-Luc Godard's Détective (1985) at the age of fourteen. She has starred in many American and European productions since then, including Disney's The Three Musketeers (...

in Before Sunset (4th choice)

10. Marilou Berry

Actress | Comme une image

Marilou Berry was born on February 1, 1983 in Paris, France. She is an actress and director, known for Look at Me (2004), Vilaine (2008) and Les nouvelles aventures de Cendrillon (2017).

in Look at Me (5th choice)

11. Knut Berger

Actor | Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei

Knut Berger was born in 1975 in Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is an actor and writer, known for The Edukators (2004), Sugar Orange (2004) and Walk on Water (2004).

in Walk on Water (best performance by an actor in a supporting role 2004)

12. Morgan Freeman

Actor | Se7en

With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...

in Million Dollar Baby (2nd choice)

13. Thomas Haden Church

Actor | Sideways

Thomas Haden Church was born Thomas Richard McMillen in Yolo, California, to Maxine (Sanders) and Carlos Richard McMillen, who was a U.S. marine and surveyor. He was raised in Texas. Church began his show business career in front of a microphone instead of a camera, first as a radio deejay and then...

in Sideways (3rd choice)

14. Peter Sarsgaard

Actor | Garden State

Peter Sarsgaard was born at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, to Judy Lea (Reinhardt) and John Dale Sarsgaard, an engineer who worked for the Air Force and later Monsanto and IBM. He is a graduate of St. Louis' Washington University, where he majored in history and literature. He was a co-founder of ...

in Kinsey (4th choice)

15. Phil Davis

Actor | Vera Drake

Phil Davis was born on July 30, 1953 in Grays, Essex, England. He is an actor and director, known for Vera Drake (2004), Bleak House (2005) and Alien³ (1992). He has been married to Eve Matheson since 2002. They have one child.

in Vera Drake (5th choice)

16. Virginia Madsen

Actress | Sideways

One of the hottest stars of the mid-1980s, Virginia Madsen has since played a variety of roles that have cemented her reputation as a fantastic actress who can adapt to any part.

Virginia was born in Chicago, Illinois, and belongs to an acting family -- with her brother, Michael Madsen, also an ...

in Sideways (best performance by an actress in a supporting role 2004)

17. Laura Linney

Actress | The Big C

Laura Leggett Linney was born in New York City on February 5, 1964, into a theatre family. Her father was prominent playwright Romulus Linney, whose own great-grandfather was a congressman from North Carolina. Her mother, Miriam Anderson (Leggett), is a nurse. Although she did not live in her ...

in Kinsey (2nd choice)

18. Lynn Redgrave

Actress | Gods and Monsters

Actress of both the English and American stage and screen, Lynn Redgrave was born in Marylebone, London, England, into one of the world's most famous acting dynasties. As the daughter of Rachel Kempson and Sir Michael Redgrave, sister of Vanessa Redgrave and Corin Redgrave, and granddaughter of Roy...

in Kinsey (3rd choice)

19. Laudi Arbid

Actress | Un homme perdu

Laudi Arbid is an actress, known for Un homme perdu (2007) and In the Battlefields (2004).

in In the Battlefields (4th choice)

20. Sandra Oh

Actress | Grey's Anatomy

Sandra Oh was born to Korean parents in the Ottawa suburb of Nepean, Ontario, Canada. Her father, Oh Junsu, a businessman, and her mother, Oh Young-nam, a biochemist, were married in Seoul, South Korea. They both attended graduate school at the University of Toronto. Sandra began her career as a ...

in Sideways (5th choice)