The Best Performances of 2011

No. 16. Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids was a funny movie, but no one expected Melissa McCarthy, who plays a crude, overweight and politically incorrect maid, to steal the show. She did, and then some.

No. 15. George Clooney, The Descendants

George Clooney must have made a deal with the devil. How can he be so good looking and funny and charming and good at everything he does?

No. 14. Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

In the first scene Michelle Williams appears as Marilyn Monroe, it appears she’s created nothing more than a lame caricature. As time progresses, it becomes clear she’s nailed the part and then some, capturing the essence of the iconic blonde and injecting her with raw emotion.

No. 13. Charlize Theron, Young Adult

Few accolades came her way this year, but Charlize Theron manages to do what few actors can: make an absolutely unlikable character incredibly fun to watch.

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By Erik Samdahl
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