Performer of the Year

Every year as part of our annual Rewind series in December we hand out four superlative awards, choosing a single Movie, Filmmaker, Performer, and Scene of the Year. In this archive, you will find our selections for Performer of the Year starting in 2014.

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Performer Of The Year Chadwick Boseman

Performer of the Year (2020): Chadwick Boseman

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His last two performances, in ‘Da 5 Bloods’ and ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ suggest he was embarking on a remarkable new phase of his career we will tragically never get to see.

Performer Brad Pitt

Performer of the Year (2019): Brad Pitt

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This is Brad Pitt’s year, and we’re all just living in it.

Rewind Performer

Performer of the Year (2018): Tessa Thompson

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Tessa Thompson was everywhere this year and we couldn’t be happier about it.

Rewind Performer Michael Stuhlbarg

Performer of the Year (2017): Michael Stuhlbarg

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From fatherly advice about romance to saving fish men for love, Michael Stuhlbarg had a fantastic 2017. Which is why he’s our Performer of the Year.

Isabelle Huppert In Elle

Performer of the Year (2016): Isabelle Huppert

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With two powerhouse performances and some serious Oscar buzz brewing, 2016 is officially the Year of Huppert.

Ex Machina Alicia Vikander Hallway

Performer of the Year (2015): Alicia Vikander

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Every year, Film School Rejects names a Performer of the Year. For 2015, that honor goes to Alicia Vikander. Here’s why.

Under The Skin

Performer of the Year (2014): Scarlett Johansson

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Every year, Film School Rejects names a Performer of the Year. For 2014, that honor goes to Scarlett Johansson. Here’s why.

Tom Hanks Captain Phillips

Performer of the Year (2013): Tom Hanks

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Every year, Film School Rejects names a Performer of the Year. For 2013, that honor goes to Tom Hanks. Here’s why.