Favorites of 2013: Leading Ladies and Leading Men (Movies)

Leading Ladies

Rinko Kikuchi

{Mako Mori, Pacific Rim}


I really enjoyed the relationship Mako has with Idris Elba’s character, the tragic childhood she had, and the way she overcame it in order to help save humankind. —Becca

Melissa McCarthy

{The Heat, Identity Thief}


It was a great year for Melissa McCarthy, and I really loved her in both of these movies. —Kerry

Rachel Weisz

{Hypatia, Agora}


Rachel Weisz has come a long way from flighty librarian Evelyn in The Mummy, and her portrayal of Hypatia of Alexandria is both inspiring and heartbreaking. —Moff

Emma Thompson

{Pamela “P.L.” Travers, Saving Mr. Banks}


Emma Thompson was wonderful with the role of Mrs. P.L. Travers, the no-nonsense lady who held strong convictions. The firm attachment she had to this story was so believable, and the keen sense of her hurting was so believable. —Becca

Leading Men

Chris Hemsworth

{Thor Odinson, Thor: The Dark World}


I get a little defensive when people say Thor: The Dark World was actually Loki’s movie. Chris Hemsworth did a fantastic job, bringing heart and humor to a character that could’ve easily been flat and unsympathetic. (He was so polite when he hung up Mjolnir on the coat rack.) —Kerry

Richard Armitage

{Thorin Oakenshield, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey}


I don’t know whether it’s the hair or the granite expression, but while Richard Armitage’s Thorin may have little to no personality, he’s still sympathetic. —Moff

It’s the prosthetic nose. Irresistible. —Kerry

Mark Ruffalo

{Dylan Rhodes, Now You See Me}


I just love him in this movie. —Kerry

Martin Freeman

{Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey}


It is always great to see one of your favorite actors become more popular. For me, I don’t think anyone else could pull off Bilbo with his insecurity, bravery,and sassiness the way Freeman has. —Becca

Tom Hiddleston

{Loki Laufeyson, Thor: The Dark World}


The title may say Thor, but it was as much as Loki’s film as it was Thor’s. I love how complex Loki is, and how Hiddleston has made Loki such a lovable bad guy. —Becca


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