This is a variation of the previous 32 Films as Birthday Candles post.


2016 Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
2015 Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)*
2014 Ralph Fiennes (Grand Budapest Hotel)
2013 Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)*
2012 Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
2011 Viola Davis (The Help)
2010 Andrew Garfield (The Social Network)

2009 Carey Mulligan (An Education)
2008 Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)*
2007 Amy Adams (Enchanted)
2006 Penelope Cruz (Volver)
2005 Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain)
2004 Gael Garcia Bernal (Bad Education)
2003 Uma Thurman (Kill Bill Volume 1)
2002 Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven)
2001 Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge and The Others)


2000 Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love)
1999 Julianne Moore (Magnolia)
1998 Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth)
1997 Philip Seymour Hoffman (Boogie Nights)
1996 Frances McDormand (Fargo)*
1995 Meryl Streep (The Bridges of Madison County)
1994 Takeshi Kaneshiro (Chungking Express)
1993 Angela Bassett (What’s Love Got to Do with It)
1992 Michelle Pfeiffer (Batman Returns)
1991 Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs)*


1990 Bruce Davison  (Longtime Companion)
1989 Meg Ryan (When Harry Met Sally)
1988 Glenn Close (Dangerous Liaisons)
1987 Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas (Law of Desire)
1986 Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters)*
1985 Daniel Day-Lewis (My Beautiful Launderette)
1984 Kevin Bacon (Footlose)

*Academy Award winners

I know. I know that picking Carmen and Antonio is cheating but narrowing it down to one performance per year proved to be more difficult than the original meme.

Heath Ledger, Cate Blanchett and Julianne Moore have two mentions each. With that said, Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson was simply sublime. It also pains me to leave out Tilda Swinton.