It was, by most accounts, a great year at the movies. There were eye-opening sci-fi films like Her and Gravity; the funky black comedies American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street; impressive indies Short Term 12 and All Is Lost; the list goes on. It’s a tough thing to rate a film performance. For one, it’s entirely subjective—the quality of a given cinematic turn is, of course, in the eye of the beholder. And they’re all so different. But list-making is fun, and it’s good to give credit where credit is due, so without further ado, these are The Daily Beast’s picks for the best movie performances of 2013.