Actors are the soul of any film or television show, as it is with their acting that a script comes to life. If the actor in any work of art is terrible, the entire piece is going to be terrible. While many actors in Hollywood are able to do an ‘Okay’ job, there are a few who will take your breath away with their incredible performances. There are a few actors that, no matter how terrible a piece of work is, their acting skills (or maybe their mere presence) are enough to breathe life into it. Here is a list of a few of the top actors that did an amazing job in 2013.
1: Benedict Cumberbatch
The famous “Sherlock” star has been very busy both on television works and the big screen. While doing mostly voice-only jobs (for “The Simpsons” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”), Cumberbatch really thanked his lucky stars when he was offered the role in the next installment of “Star Trek Into Darkness”, as this would be his first major role in a motion picture. All in all, Mr Cumberbatch gets a spot on this list for his excellent performance everywhere.
2: Chris Hemsworth
After appearing in the Oscar-nominated movie “Rush” in the lead role, Chris Hemsworth caught the attention of everyone who considered him to be a passing delight in the role of Thor. But Hemsworth did not disappoint his Thor fans, and his “Thor: The Dark World” pleased his fans thoroughly with excellent action and crisp dialogues. 2013 has been excellent to Chris, as is obvious, and hopefully 2014 will be even better.
3: Henry Cavill
The new Superman was welcomed with open arms by all those who were skeptical about the new Superman movie called “Man of Steel”. But amazing action, CGI and Henry Cavill won hearts all over the world. Now, Mr. Cavill is all set to reprise his role as Clark Kent/Superman in “Batman vs. Superman”, which is a highly anticipated project to be released in 2015.
4: Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp has been the most diverse actor throughout the last decade, but 2013 seemed to be a very dull year for him. He appeared in only one film all year long, “The Lone Ranger”, and left fans begging for more. Johnny Depp has excellent historical record, and he makes the cut into this list even with one film on his resume.
5: Anna Kendrick
When Anna was first spotted in the Twilight Saga films, she was not paid any attention at all because of her extremely small role. But after “Up in the Air” with George Clooney, Anna got an Oscar nomination and rose to instantaneous fame. In 2013, Anna did many films, namely the very famous “Pitch Perfect”, “Drinking Buddies”, and “Rapture-Palooza” and secures a firm place as one of the finest of 2013.
6: Ryan Gosling
This actor never receives critical acclaim, but he always manages to get roles due to his devilishly handsome looks. Ryan appeared in three Hollywood films in 2013, namely “Only God Forgives”, “Gangster Squad”, and “Beyond the Pines”, and delivered performances that satisfied his fans immensely. This lands him a spot on this list for sure.
7: Leonardo DiCaprio
“The Wolf of Wall Street” was an exceptional film in 2013, one which landed several Oscar nominations the subsequent year. Leo himself received an Oscar nomination for his role in the same, so you can be sure he delivered a stellar performance. Not only that, Leonardo also starred in the lead role in “The Great Gatsby”, a film based on the famous novel with the same name. Leo has been the talk of the town all throughout 2013, and he is a definite placeholder on this list.
8: Jennifer Lawrence
People may call her overrated, but neither Jen cares, nor her fans. After winning an Oscar for her stellar performance in 2012’s “Silver Linings Playbook”, Jennifer was offered many spectacular roles immediately afterwards, one of which was “American Hustle”, directed by the same director. She also reprised her role in the series that she has been working with, namely “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”. In 2014, Jennifer would be reprising her roles in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, both of which are highly famous series. This makes Jennifer the most important actor of 2013.