The 8 Best Breakout Movie Performances of 2023

Halle Bailey, 'The Little Mermaid

In 2023, the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid will include actress and singer Halle Bailey in the legendary role of Disney Princess Ariel.

Cailee Spaeny, 'Priscilla

Priscilla, a biopic by Sofia Coppola, recounts the well-known tale of Elvis and Priscilla Presley's love from Priscilla's perspective.

Vivian Oparah, 'Rye Lane

British romantic comedy Rye Lane's bright atmosphere and inventive directing help to revitalize a genre that has become stale.

Sunny Sandler, 'You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah

Adam Sandler's daughter Sunny demonstrates that she is more than just another "nepo baby" in Netflix's You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah, with an unexpectedly endearing performance.

Fantasia Barrino, 'The Color Purple

The Broadway musical The Color Purple is reimagined for a new generation of viewers in the film version.

Dominic Sessa, 'The Holdovers

Although Dominic Sessa was merely expected to appear as an extra in Alexander Payne's dramedy The Holdovers, he wound up landing a major role with seasoned Hollywood actor Paul Giamatti.

Ariana Greenblatt, 'Barbie

As a young actor, Ariana Greenblatt has been gaining notoriety. She costarred with Adam Driver as a young Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War.