To say 2018 has been huge for female representation on screen would be putting it mildly. This year, there were actors who gave amazingly in-depth performances that touched audiences in a myriad of ways. We saw female characters that were not stereotypical; instead, these women were multifaceted and complex beings with their own identities and sense of purpose.
From Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright’s respective performances as Okoye and Shuri in Black Panther to Toni Colette’s haunting turn as a mother overcome with grief in Hereditary to Viola Davis portraying a woman desperate to repay a debt she never incurred, there have been plentiful performances worth remembering this year. Although the writing and directing for each character was layered and gave the women identities wholly their own and separate from others in their respective films, the actors are the ones who ultimately give life to the women they were portraying. With each emotion expressed, audiences are able to invest in the characters and the story.