With 2018 inching towards completion and only a handful of notable releases left to come, it's only natural that we start looking ahead to the year in front of us.
An important part of the Hollywood machine is the hype and anticipation leading up to a movie's release, and in that sense, it's never too early to start looking forward to a particular film, or even an individual performance.
And in that area, 2019 is shaping up to be an embarrassment of riches. With superstars like Leonardo DiCaprio returning to the big screen, respected greats like Joaquin Phoenix doing something a little outside their comfort zone, and plenty of potential career-defining or breakout roles, the next year could very well gift us a handful of characters that will be remembered for decades to come.
Sure, hype can sometimes result in raw disappointment, but when a performance truly delivers - Josh Brolin as Thanos, Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise - it justifies those high expectations. On that front, 2019 contains several performances that have the potential to delight us, surprise us, and absolutely blow us all away.