Looking back over the year in films, I initially thought it would be difficult to find 10 stand-out performances by actresses in leading roles. However, despite the fact that once again the number of juicy roles for men far outnumbered the memorable roles for women, 2014’s releases did actually include enough feature films that showcased the talents of actresses to make up a top 10 list (with a few left over).
Best Actresses of 2014
1. Julianne Moore – Still Alice
2. Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
3. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
4. Jennifer Aniston – Cake
5. Essie Davis – The Babadook
6. Reese Witherspoon – Wild
7. Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
8. Keira Knightley – Begin Again
9. Tilda Swinton – Only Lovers Left Alive
10. Jenny Slate – Obvious Child
Honorable Mentions: Mia Wasikowska (Tracks), Hilary Swank (The Homesman), Emily Blunt (Into the Woods), and Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars).
-By Rebecca Murray
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