The Best Performances of the Decade – So Far

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Earlier this week, Robert MacFarlane asked the Twitter void for the greatest performance of this decade now we’ve reached the midpoint to delightful results. Many of these picks came from films without Oscar or box office heights, so there’s also something to be said about how a performance or film can achieve longevity in our minds. It’s about that itch that can’t be scratched, the way the performance evolves over time and reveals itself. With only a small sampling of recurring choices, the selections were exciting reminders that we’re in a new golden age of acting and filmmaking in general.

Close calls were Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Michael Fassbender (Shame), Dwight Henry (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), and Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher). I don’t have any 2015 releases included, sometimes things just need time to take root.

So the conversation has freshly brought up recent performances to my mind, and here are the 10 that won’t go away (though dwindling down is agony). Should I continue onto films? Screenplays? On to the list…

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Remembering the First Eliminated Queens

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After being chosen for RuPaul’s Drag Race, the first objective on every participating queen’s mind is DON’T GET SENT HOME FIRST. You can read the tea leaves as to which season eight queen gets that unfortunate fate, but judging from the talent pool, the elimination will be brutal no matter which one goes. In the seven seasons thus far, the first elimination has ranged from obvious to unfortunate to downright unfair. Whatever their fate, these gone too soon queens are typically the least heralded, so let’s take a minute to celebrate their part in the Drag Race pantheon.

Onto our underloved girls…

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Top 10 Overlooked “Funniest Screenplays”

Earlier in the week, the Writer’s Guild of America tickled our collective list addiction and dropped their “101 Funniest Screenplays.” If you haven’t taken a look, here you go. Annie Hall took the top spot and a good deal of flack for not being seen as an uproarious laughfest. Though it’s among my all-time favorites, being called “Best Comedy Screenplay” would have been more appropriate than “Funniest”. But don’t forget how strong the jokes are:

Check out some of the surprising omissions after the jump:

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