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  • FilmGuy619
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    Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. A titanic performance that just couldn’t be denied.

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    joesilver
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    We usually hear about lifetime award winners and overdue winners when it comes to the Oscars. But which actors and actresses do you think won the Oscar for their best performances? Put some examples.

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    dinasztie
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    It’s a hard question because there are so many options, but I’m only considering performers who I think actually were the best options in their respective categories. Also, I’m disqualifying all one-time wonders and newcomers. 

    Two names come to my mind instantly: Jane Fonda (for Klute) and Marlon Brando (for On the Waterfront). Not only do they give career-best, legendary performances, they give my two favorite pieces of acting I’ve ever witnessed on screen. 

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    • Robert DeNiro for Raging Bull (though The King of Comedy is very close and it’s his personal favorite role)
    • Vivien Leigh for either of her performances
    • Dianne Wiest for Hannah and her Sisters is my favorite winner ever in her category, but she also won for her second best performance
    • Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine 
    • Frances McDormand for Fargo is such an atypical, brilliant winner, one of The Academy’s finest moments
    • Daniel Day-Lewis for My Left Foot
    • Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster for The Silence of the Lambs
    • Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl
    • Liza Minnelli for Cabaret
    • Christopher Walken for The Deer Hunter
    • Joe Pesci for Goodfellas
    • Rita Moreno (a one-time nominee, but she had such a prolific career and her Anita is legendary)
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    OnTheAisle
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    Vivien Leigh for Gone With The Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire

    Joan Crawford for Mildred Pierce

    Olivia de Havilland for The Heiress

    Gregory Peck for To Kill A Mockingbird

    Elizabeth Taylor for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl

    George C. Scott for Patton

    Jane Fonda for Klute

    Liza Minnelli for Cabaret

    Vanessa Redgrave for Julia

    Meryl Streep for Sophie’s Choice

    Robert Duvall for Tender Mercies

    Shirley MacLaine for Terms of Endearment

    Anthony Hopkins for The Silence of the Lambs

    Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich

    Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine

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    VenusInFurs
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    Charlize Theron

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    M
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    Kathy Bates for Misery
    Dianne Wiest for Hannah and Her Sisters
    Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins for The Silence of the Lambs
    Sandy Dennis and Elizabeth Taylor for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 
    Holly Hunter for The Piano 
    Hilary Swank for Boys Don’t Cry 
    Emma Thompson for Howards End 
    Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich 

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    vinny
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    DiCaprio for The Revenant

    Meryl Streep for Sophies Choice

    Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables

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    Andrew Carden
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    Timothy Hutton

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    Jake
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    I’ll do 1950s-2014.

    Best Actress:
    Cate Blanchett
    Natalie Portman
    Marion Cotillard
    Helen Mirren
    Charlize Theron
    Hilary Swank (Boys)
    Gwyneth Paltrow
    Helen Hunt
    Frances McDormand
    Holly Hunter
    Emma Thompson
    Jodie Foster (Lambs)
    Marlee Matlin
    Meryl Streep (Sophie)
    Sissy Spacek
    Sally Field (Norma Rae)
    Diane Keaton
    Louise Fletcher
    Liza Minnelli
    Jane Fonda
    Barbra Streisand
    Katharine Hepburn (Lion)
    Elizabeth Taylor
    Julie Christie
    Judy Holliday

    Best Actor:
    Eddie Redmayne
    Matthew McConaughey
    Jean Dujardin
    Forest Whitaker
    Adrien Brody
    Kevin Spacey
    Roberto Benigni
    Nicolas Cage
    Anthony Hopkins
    Jeremy Irons
    Michael Douglas
    Ben Kingsley
    Robert De Niro
    Richard Dreyfuss
    Marlon Brando (The Godfather)
    Rod Steiger
    Yul Brynner 

    Best Supporting Actress:
    Lupita Nyong’o
    Octavia Spencer
    Mo’Nique
    Penelope Cruz
    Jennifer Hudson
    Catherine Zeta-Jones
    Kim Basinger
    Mira Sorvino
    Dianne Wiest (Bullets)
    Tatum O’Neal
    Cloris Leachman
    Sandy Dennis
    Patty Duke
    Rita Moreno
    Kim Hunter 

    Best Supporting Actor:
    JK Simmons
    Jared Leto
    Javier Bardem
    Cuba Gooding, Jr.
    Kevin Kline
    Timothy Hutton
    Christopher Walken
    Jason Robards (President’s Men)
    Joel Grey
    George Kennedy
    Karl Malden
    George Sanders 

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    Monty
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    Most of the winners won on their best performance. If the performance is not your best work and you can still win an Oscar, you must be a great actor with multiple nominations. 

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    Mad Max Guitarist
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    I’m sure we have this kind of thread a few weeks back, but anyway

    Jamie Foxx – Ray
    Javier Bardem – No Country for Old Men
    Penelope Cruz – Vicky Christina Barcelona
    Natalie Portman – Black Swan
    Charlize Theron – Monster
    Robert De Niro – Raging Bull
    Marlon Brando – The Godfather
    Vivien Leigh – Gone with the Wind & A Streetcar Named Desire
    Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry & Million Dollar Baby
    Philip Seymour Hoffman – Capote
    Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice
    Christian Bale – The Fighter
    Kevin Spacey – The Usual Suspects & American Beauty
    Joe Pesci – Goodfellas
    Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
    Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
    Jack Nicholson – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Ben Kingsley – Gandhi
    Dianne Wiest – Hannah & Her Sisters & Bullets Over Broadway
    Diane Keaton – Annie Hall
    Angelina Jolie – Girl Interrupted
    Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
    Daniel Day-Lewis – My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood, Lincoln
    Alan Arkin – Little Miss Sunshine
    Anthony Hopkins – The Silence of the Lambs
    Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line
    Marion Cotillard – La vie en Rose 

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    Michael Norris
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    Nicole Kidman- The Hours
    Halle Berry- Monsters Ball
    Sean Penn- Mystic River
    Colin Firth- The King’s Speech
    Benicio del Toro- Traffic
    Faye Dunaway- Network
    Anne Bancroft- The Miracle Worker

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    sergyo
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    Also Maggie Smith for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

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    Daniel B.
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    Most of the winners won on their best performance. If the performance is not your best work and you can still win an Oscar, you must be a great actor with multiple nominations. 

    I agree. I’d be curious to see which actors people think won for what wasn’t their best performance. 

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    startmeup
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    Actors:

    Marlon Brando – On The Waterfront
    George C. Scott – Patton
    Gene Hackman – The French Connection
    Jack Lemmon – Save The Tiger
    Jack Nicholson – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
    Jon Voight – Coming Home
    Dustin Hoffman – Kramer vs Kramer
    Robert De Niro – Raging Bull
    Robert Duvall – Tender Mercies
    William Hurt – Kiss Of Spider Woman
    Daniel Day-Lewis – My Left Foot/There Will Be Blood
    Jeremy Irons – Reversal Of Fortune
    Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
    Jean Dujardin – The Artist
    Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

    Actress:

    Susan Hayward – I Want To Live!
    Sophia Loren – Two Women
    Anne Bancroft – The Miracle Worker
    Barbra Streisand -.Funny Girl
    Maggie Smith – The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie
    Jane Fonda – Klute/Coming Home
    Liza Minnelli – Cabaret
    Sally Field – Norma Rae
    Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choise
    Shirley MacLaine – Terms Of Endermeant
    Jessica Lange – Blue Sky
    Susan Sarandon – Dead Man Walking
    Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
     

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