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  • CitizenBlake
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    Mirroring the topic that Mr. Jeffrey Kare started some time ago, I’d like to see your choices for your favorite Best Actor and Best Actress winners since the establishment of the Academy Awards for achievement in film making in the late 1920s. The winners can be from different years but must be in the same decade. Here are my choices (excluding the 1920s). Apologies to Mr. Kare if he was planning on creating this thread.

    (NOTE: “Favorite” doesn’t necessarily mean “best”, although it could in your opinion. So please don’t attack each other for having different opinions).

    1930s: Vivien Leigh (Best Actress, Gone with the Wind, 1939) and Fredric March (Best Actor, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1931)
    1940s: Ingrid Bergman (Best Actress, Gaslight, 1944) and James Stewart (Best Actor, The Philadelphia Story, 1940)
    1950s: Vivien Leigh (Best Actress, A Streetcar Named Desire, 1953) and Marlon Brando (Best Actor, On the Waterfront, 1953)
    1960s: Elizabeth Taylor (Best Actress, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 1966) and Rod Steiger (Best Actor, In the Heat of the Night, 1967)
    1970s: Diane Keaton (Best Actress, Annie Hall, 1977) and Jack Nicholson (Best Actor, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975)
    1980s: Meryl Streep (Best Actress, Sophie’s Choice, 1982) and F. Murray Abraham (Best Actor, Amadeus, 1984) (Honorable Mentions for Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot and Robert De Niro, Raging Bull)
    1990s: Kathy Bates (Best Actress, Misery, 1989-1990) and Anthony Hopkins (Best Actor, The Silence of the Lambs, 1991)
    2000s: Marion Cotillard (Best Actress, La Vie en Rose, 2007) and Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor, There Will Be Blood, 2007) HM for Best Actress: (Charlize Theron, Monster)
    2010s: Natalie Portman (Best Actress, Black Swan, 2010) and Casey Affleck (Best Actor, Manchester by the Sea, 2016).

    Please feel free to reveal your thoughts!

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    Jake
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    1930s
    Vivien Leigh, “Gone with the Wind”
    Spencer Tracy, “Boys Town”

    1940s
    Olivia de Havilland, “The Heiress”
    James Stewart, “The Philadelphia Story”

    1950s
    Audrey Hepburn, “Roman Holiday”
    Marlon Brando, “On the Waterfront”

    1960s
    Elizabeth Taylor, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
    Rod Steiger, “In the Heat of the Night”

    1970s
    Diane Keaton, “Annie Hall”
    Gene Hackman, “The French Connection”

    1980s
    Geraldine Page, “The Trip to Bountiful”
    Daniel Day-Lewis, “My Left Foot”

    1990s
    Jodie Foster, “Silence of the Lambs”
    Jeremy Irons, “Reversal of Fortune”

    2000s
    Charlize Theron, “Monster”
    Adrien Brody, “The Pianist”

    2010s (so far)
    Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
    Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

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    BenitoDelicias
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    2010s Cate Blanchett and Leonardo DiCaprio
    2000s Charlize Theron and Daniel Day Lewis
    1990s Frances McDormand or Holly Hunter and Anthony Hopkins
    1980s Shirley McLaine and F Murray Abraham
    1970s Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson
    1960s Katherine Hepburn and Rod Steiger
    1950s Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando
    1940s surprised that I’ve only seen Joan Fontaine and Ray Miland
    1930s Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable

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    Macca
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    1930s: Vivien Leigh (Gone with the Wind) and Clark Gable (It Happened One Night)
    1940s: Ingrid Bergman (Gaslight) and Ray Milland (The Lost Weekend)
    1950s: Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday) and Yul Brynner (The King and I)
    1960s: Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter) and Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird)
    1970s: Diane Keaton (Annie Hall) and Marlon Brando (The Godfather)
    1980s: Meryl Streep (Sophie’s Choice) and Robert De Niro (Raging Bull)
    1990s: Kathy Bates (Misery) and Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs)
    2000s: Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
    2010s: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) and Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)

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    pksacrtic
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    1920s
    Emil Jannings, The Last Command
    Janet Gaynor, Sunrise

    1930s
    Clark Gable, It Happened One Night
    Bette Davis, Jezebel

    1940s
    James Stewart, The Philadelphia Story
    Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight

    1950s
    Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront
    Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire

    1960s
    Maximilian Schell, Judgment at Nuremberg
    Katharine Hepburn, The Lion in Winter

    1970s
    Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Diane Keaton, Annie Hall

    1980s
    F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus
    Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice

    1990s
    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs
    Frances McDormand, Fargo

    2000s
    Sean Penn, Milk
    Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose

    2010s
    Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
    Natalie Portman, Black Swan

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    Foolio
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    1920s
    Norma Shearer, The Divorcee
    Emil Jannings, The Last Command

    1930s
    Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind
    Clark Gable, It Happened One Night

    1940s
    Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight
    Ray Milland, The Lost Weekend

    1950s
    Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire
    Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront

    1960s
    Elizabeth Taylor, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field

    1970s
    Liza Minnelli, Cabaret
    Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    1980s
    Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice
    Robert De Niro, Raging Bull

    1990s
    Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry
    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas

    2000s
    Charlize Theron, Monster
    Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

    2010s
    Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
    Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

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    Hengedrita
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    2010: Cate Blanchett and Daniel Day-Lewis
    2000: Marion Cotillard and Daniel Day-Lewis
    1990: Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins
    1980: Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis
    1970: Jane Fonda and Marlon Brando
    1960: Elizabeth Taylor and Charlton Heston
    1950: Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando
    1940: Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh
    1930: Bette Davis and Clark Gable

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    I haven’t seen any of the Best Actor winners from the 1930’s, nor any of the winners from the 1940’s. But of the performances I’ve seen at this point, here’s my list…

    1930’s:
    Vivien Leigh-Gone with the Wind

    1950’s:
    Marlon Brando-On the Waterfront
    Vivien Leigh-A Streetcar Named Desire

    1960’s:
    Rex Harrison-My Fair Lady
    Anne Bancroft-The Miracle Worker

    1970’s:
    Jack Nicholson-One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Liza Minnelli-Cabaret

    1980’s:
    Daniel Day-Lewis-My Left Foot
    Meryl Streep-Sophie’s Choice

    1990’s:
    Kevin Spacey-American Beauty
    Kathy Bates-Misery

    2000’s:
    Sean Penn-Mystic River
    Nicole Kidman-The Hours

    2010’s:
    Daniel Day-Lewis-Lincoln
    Cate Blanchett-Blue Jasmine

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    Jefty2000
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    1930s:
    Clark Gable (It Happened One Night) & Vivien Leigh (Gone With the Wind)

    1940s:
    Laurence Olivier (Hamlet) & Olivia de Havilland (The Heiress)

    1950s:
    Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront) & Vivien Leigh (A streetcar Named Desire)

    1960s:
    Paul Scofield (A Man for All Seasons) & Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter)

    1970s:
    Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) & Sally Field (Norma Rae)

    1980s:
    Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) & Meryl Streep (Sophie’s Choice)

    1990s:
    Kevin Spacey (American Beauty) & Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs)

    2000s:
    Daniel Day-Lewis(There Will Be Blood) & Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose)

    2010s:
    Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) & Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

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    1930s:

    Viven Leigh (“Gone With the Wind”)
    Fredric March (“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”)
    1940s:

    Olivia de Havilland (“The Heiress”)
    Gary Cooper (“Sergeant York”)

    1950s:
    Viven Leigh (“A Streetcar Named Desire”)
    Yul Brynner (“The King and I”)

    1960s:
    Barbra Streisand (“Funny Girl”)
    John Wayne (“True Grit”)

    1970s:
    Liza Minnelli (“Cabaret”)
    Jack Nicholson (“One Flew Over the Cuckcoo’s Nest”)

    1980s:
    Sissy Spacek (“Coal Miner’s Daughter’s”)
    Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull”)

    1990s:
    Kathy Bates (“Misery”)
    Jack Nicholson (“As Good As It Gets”)

    2000s:
    Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”)
    Sean Penn (“Milk”)

    2010s:
    Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”)
    Daniel Day Lewis (“Lincoln”)

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    Andrew Carden
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    ’30s: Fredric March/Luise Rainer (The Good Earth)
    ’40s: Fredric March/Joan Crawford
    ’50s: Ernest Borgnine/Shirley Booth
    ’60s: Gregory Peck/Anne Bancroft
    ’70s: Jack Nicholson/Faye Dunaway
    ’80s: F. Murray Abraham/Shirley MacLaine
    ’90s: Nicolas Cage/Jodie Foster
    ’00s: Sean Penn (Milk)/Helen Mirren
    ’10s: Casey Affleck/Cate Blanchett

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    Alex Meyer
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    1930s:
    Clark Gable—It Happened One Night
    Claudette Colbert—It Happened One Night

    1940s:
    Broderick Crawford—All The King’s Men
    I sadly have not seen any of the Best Actress winners of the 1940s performances.

    1950s:
    Marlon Brando—On The Waterfront
    Vivien Leigh—A Streetcar Named Desire

    1960s:
    Gregory Peck—To Kill A Mockingbird
    Julie Andrews—Mary Poppins

    1970s:
    Jack Nicholson—One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
    Faye Dunaway—Network

    1980s:
    F. Murray Abraham—Amadeus
    Jodie Foster—The Accused

    1990s:
    Tom Hanks—Forrest Gump
    Kathy Bates—Misery

    2000s:
    Philip Seymour Hoffman—Capote
    Helen Mirren—The Queen

    2010s:
    Daniel Day-Lewis—Lincoln
    Natalie Portman—Black Swan

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    LaChienne
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    1930s

    Clark Gable, “It Happened One Night”
    Vivien Leigh, “Gone With the Wind”

    1940s

    Ray Milland, “The Lost Weekend
    Ingrid Bergman, “Gaslight”

    1950s

    Ernest Borgnine, “Marty”
    Vivien Leigh, “A Streetcar Named Desire”

    1960s

    Gregory Peck, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
    Elizabeth Taylor, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

    1970s

    Jack Nicholson, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
    Faye Dunaway, “Network”

    1980s

    F. Murray Abraham, “Amadeus”
    Shirley MacLaine, “Terms of Endearment”

    1990s

    Nicolas Cage, “Leaving Las Vegas”
    Frances McDormand, “Fargo”

    2000s

    Adrien Brody, “The Pianist”
    Marion Cotillard, “La Vie en Rose”

    2010s

    Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
    Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”

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    lovelylovely
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    1920’s:
    Mary Pickford, Coquette
    Emil Jannings, The Way of All Flesh

    1930’s:
    Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind
    Clark Gable, It Happened One Night

    1940’s:
    Olivia De Havilland, To Each His Own/The Heiress
    Laurence Olivier, Hamlet

    1950’s:
    Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire
    Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront

    1960’s:
    Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins
    Gregory Peck, To Kill a Mockingbird

    1970’s:
    Liza Minnelli, Cabaret
    Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    1980’s:
    Katharine Hepburn, On Golden Pond
    Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond

    1990’s:
    Kathy Bates, Misery/Frances McDormand, Fargo
    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia

    2000’s:
    Marion Cotillard, La vie en Rose
    Adrien Brody, The Pianist/Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

    2010’s:
    Natalie Portman, Black Swan
    Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

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    1930s
    Charles Laughton, The Private Life of Henry VIII
    Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind

    1940s
    Ray Milland, The Lost Weekend
    Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight

    1950s
    Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront
    Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday

    1960s
    Gregory Peck, To Kill a Mockingbird
    Elizabeth Taylor, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    1970s
    Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Jane Fonda, Klute

    1980s
    Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot
    Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice

    1990s
    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia
    Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry

    2000s
    Adrien Brody, The Pianist
    Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose

    2010s
    Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
    Natalie Portman, Black Swan

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