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  • Macbeth
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    #83589

    With many actors and actresses, they find their niche and become the expert at that type of performance.

    However, sometimes they will play a role completely different to any of their other roles.

    For example, I’ve never been a fan of Adam Sandler. However, when I watched Punch-Drunk Love, I was in awe of the fact that Sandler was able to play such a different role than his wealthy, loud buffoon of his other films

    Opinions? What performance(s) shocked or surprised you?

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    allabout oscars
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    The most amazing and shocking for me, in a good way
    are when actors give me something I thought they
    were not capable of….either because the script is so
    great or the director was able to achieve something
    miraculous…
    such as…

     CHER    IN MASK
     ROBIN WILLIAMS   IN GOOD WILL HUNTING
     MO, NIQUE     IN PRECIOUS
     MARISA TOMEI     IN THE WRESTLER
     NICOLE KIDMAN     IN THE HOURS
     MARY TYLER MOORE   IN ORDINARY PEOPLE
     F. MURRAY ABRAHAM   IN AMADEUS
     TOM CRUISE   IN MAGNOLIA
     MICHAEL SHEEN    IN FROST/NIXON
     NICOLAS CAGE  IN LEAVING LAS VEGAS

    I am sure  i have plenty more…..

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    Riley
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    I am not that old, so watching Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator was the first time that I was ever floored by a performance.

    I thought that Seth Rogen was just terrific in 50/50 and I would have nominated him for it, which is surprising because it, you know, is Seth Rogen.

    Michael Shannon in Take Shelter has to be some of the best acting ever.

    Without saying whether it worked or did not, Ben Kingsley in The Dictator is very bizarre casting off the top of my head.

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    BamaEd
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    I’ll second Nicole Kidman, but in To Die For. I didn’t know she had that inher. I’d love to see her in that sort of role again.

    Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone because she was a young unkown in an indie movie but was amazing.

    This year, I admit Bradley Cooper surprised me in SLP. I was expecting him to be ok but nothing special. But then he came through. Who knew.

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    Baby Clyde
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    Surely Charlize Theron in ‘Monster’ takes the biscuit here

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    GhostOrchid
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    Robin Williams-One Hour Photo
    Jim Carrey-The Truman Show
    Meryl Streep (as the Rabbi)-Angels in America
    Christoph Waltz-Inglorious Basterds
    Heath Ledger-The Dark Knight
    Mia Farrow-Rosemary’s Baby
    Bette Davis-What ever happened to Baby Jane?

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    Mayi
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    Charlize Theron in Monster, because all I’d known from her before was the likes of The Italian Job and The Cider House Rules. 

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    Gabriel
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    I have to agree with those who have said Charlize Theron. The early 2000’s was when I really became interested in Film, and I hadn’t really seen many truly outstanding performances by actors or actresses. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw Monster. I didn’t know acting could be that….well, good.

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    Mayi
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    I approve of this turning into a Charlize Theron in Monster appreciation thread

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    GhostOrchid
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    Theron ist truely one of the best Best Actress winner ever.

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    Matthew McConegheny in Killer Joe.

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    babypook
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    I’d never seen him before. He floored me. He moved from troubled, to pensive, to humourous and a joy to be aroumd, all while carrying an inner wound.

    Fabulous work.

    Omar Sy, The Intouchables.

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    Emmyfan
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    Mo’Nique in Precious

    Charlize Theron in Monster

    Vanessa L. Williams in Soul Food

        

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    Miss Frost
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    I have so many (Including the mentioned Theron and Mo’Nique)

    Recently I have to say Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris. Could never stand him before, but he was simply marvelous in this film.

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    BamaEd
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    Oh yeah, forgot about Mo’Nique and Charlize. Add Jeremy Irons in Dead Ringers and Reversal of Fortune.

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