Top 20 Performances of 1985

by Aunt-Peg | created - 24 Aug 2011 | updated - 24 Dec 2016 | Public

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

1. William Hurt

Actor | A History of Violence

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 ...

in Kiss of the Spiderwoman (best performance by an actor in a lead role 1985)

2. Klaus Maria Brandauer

Actor | Out of Africa

Gave his debut as an actor in 1962. Member of the 'Wiener Burgtheater' in Vienna since 1972. Played at the 'Salzburger Festspiele' since 1975. Directed plays since 1977. Debuted as a movie actor in 1972.

in Colonel Rehl (2nd choice)

3. Ed Harris

Actor | The Truman Show

By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has earned a 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)

4. Barry Otto

Actor | Strictly Ballroom

Barry Otto was born in 1941 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He is an actor, known for Strictly Ballroom (1992), Australia (2008) and The Punisher (1989).

in Bliss (4th choice)

5. John Cusack

Actor | Grosse Pointe Blank

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 ...

in The Sure Thing (5th choice)

6. Jessica Lange

Actress | Tootsie

Jessica Lange was born in 1949, in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA, where her father worked as a traveling salesman. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama. She moved to New York, working as a model, until producer Dino De Laurentiis...

in Sweet Dreams (best performance by an actress in a lead role 1985)

7. Meryl Streep

Actress | Out of Africa

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 20 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 ...

in Plenty (2nd choice)

8. Vanessa Redgrave

Actress | Atonement

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, ...

in Wetherby (3rd choice)

9. Angela Winkler

Actress | Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum

Angela Winkler was born on January 22, 1944 in Templin, Brandenburg, Germany. She is known for her work on The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975), The Tin Drum (1979) and Ediths Tagebuch (1983).

in Edith's Diary (4th choice)

10. Mia Farrow

Actress | Rosemary's Baby

Mia Farrow is the daughter of the director John Farrow and the actress and Tarzan-girl Maureen O'Sullivan. She debuted at the movies in 1959 in very small roles. She was noticed for the first time in the film Rosemary's Baby (1968) by Roman Polanski. She showed her talent also on TV and at the ...

in The Purple Rose of Cairo (5th choice)

11. Michael Emil

Actor | Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?

Michael Emil was born in 1937 in London, England as Michael Emil Jaglom. He is an actor and production manager, known for Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? (1983), Insignificance (1985) and Deadly Illusion (1987).

in Insignificance (best performance by an actor in a supporting role 1985)

12. Tony Curtis

Actor | Some Like It Hot

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 ...

in Insignificance (2nd choice)

13. Gary Busey

Actor | The Buddy Holly Story

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 ...

in Insignificance (3rd choice)

14. Jeff Daniels

Actor | The Squid and the Whale

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 ...

in The Purple Rose of Cairo (4th choice)

15. Miles Buchanan

Actor | The Girl from Tomorrow

Miles Buchanan was born in 1966 in Australia. He is an actor, known for The Girl from Tomorrow (1991), A Good Thing Going (1978) and Sons and Daughters (1982).

in Bliss (5th choice)

16. Lynette Curran

Actress | Somersault

Lynette Curran was born in 1945 in Australia. She is an actress, known for Somersault (2004), These Final Hours (2013) and The Boys (1998).

in Bliss (best performance by an actress in a supporting role 1986)

17. Chus Lampreave

Actress | Volver

Chus Lampreave was born on December 11, 1930 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain as María Jesús Lampreave. She was an actress, known for Volver (2006), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) and Belle Epoque (1992). She was married to Eusebio Moreno de los Ríos. She died on April 4, 2016 in Almería,...

in What Have I Done To Deserve This? (2nd choice)

in Ran (3rd choice)

19. Ann Wedgeworth

Actress | Sweet Dreams

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 ...

in Sweet Dreams (4th choice)

20. Fernanda Montenegro

Actress | Central do Brasil

Arlette Pinheiro Esteves da Silva was born on 16th October 1929 in Rio de Janeiro. She adopted the name "Fernanda" because she thought it sounded good. "Montenegro" came after her family doctor.

In late 40s she was translating and adapting famous theater plays to radio. She begun her artistic life ...

in Hour of the Star (5th choice)