Top 20 Performances of 1985by 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)
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
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)
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)
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)
Actress | Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum
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
in Bliss (5th choice)
16. Lynette Curran
Actress | Somersault
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)
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)
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)