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  • Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    #79060

    There are many great performances in cinema history. DDL in There Will Be Blood. Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump. What are yours? And yes, I would put DDL in Lincoln and Denzel in Flight in that category.

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    Denis
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    #79062

    most recently, Hoffman in Capote.

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    Lord Freddy Blackfyre
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    Vivien Leight…Gone With The Wind
    Daniel Day Lewis…My Left Foot
    Jack Nicholson…One Flew Over ….”
    Al Pacino…Serpico
    Robert DeNiro…Raging Bull
    Meryl Strepp…Sophie’s Choice and A Cry In The Dark
    Elizabeth Taylor…Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf

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    james alexander clim
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    Vivien Leigh In Gone with the Wind

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    Bill Buchanan
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    I’ll go easy on myself and list only American lead and supporting performances…(these skew more “modern”)
    in no (particular order)
    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump
    Martin Sheen, Apocalypse Now
    Vivien Leigh, GWTW and Streetcar
    Tom Cruise, Magnolia
    Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy
    Ralph Fiennes, Schindler’s List
    Peter O’Toole, Lawrence of Arabia
    James Stewart, Mr Smith Goes to Washington 
    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs
    Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
    James Dean, Giant
    Bette Davis, All About Eve
    Gloria Swanson, Sunset Boulevard (that year, my vote would go to Bette Davis)

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    Anonymous
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    1. Robert DeNiro- Raging Bull
    2. Marlon Brando- Last Tango in Paris
    3. Dustin Hoffman- Midnight Cowboy
    4. Jack Nicholson- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    5. Heath Ledger- The Dark Knight
    6. Charlize Theron- Monster
    7. Elizabeth Taylor- Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf

    Joaquin Phoenix/Philip Seymour Hoffman- The Master

    Pretty much any actor in a PTA film:
    Tom Cruise- Magnolia
    Daniel Day Lewis- There Will Be Blood
               

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    ENGLAND
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    There are so many, i don’t klnow what to do with myself…

    Tom Hanks (Cast Away)
    Tom Hanks (Forest Gump)
    Marlon Brando (A Streetcar Named Desire)    
    Kathy Bates (Dolores Claiborne)
    Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of The Lambs)
    Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
    Pam Grier (Jackie Brown)
    Jamie Foxx (Ray)
    Marion cotillard (La Vie En Rose)
    James Dean (Rebel Without a Cause)
    Bette Davis (What Ever Happened To Baby Jane)

    These are just a few, There are too many.          

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    Renée Falconetti, La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc

     

    Also,

    Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront

    Katharine Hepburn, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

    Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire

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    allabout oscars
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    10 favorite leading actress

    elizabeth taylor- who’s afraid of virginia woolf?
    meryl streep- sophie’s choice/a cry in the dark
    bette davis- all about eve
    anne bancroft- the miracle worker/ the graduate
    barbra streisand- funny girl
    vivien leigh- gone with the wind/ a streetcar named desire
    marion cotillard- la vie en rose
    olivia dehavilland- the heiress
    katharine hepburn- the lion in winter
    jane fonda- julia

    10 favorite leading actor

    daniel day lewis- there will be blood/ lincoln
    dustin hoffman- midnight cowboy/ tootsie
    richard burton- who’s afraid of virginia woolf?
    william hurt- kiss of the spider woman
    jon voight- coming home
    jack nicholson- one flew over the cuckoo’s nest
    robert de niro- raging bull
    james cagney- yankee doodle dandy
    gary cooper- the pride of the yankees
    marlon brando- a streetcar named desire

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    Scottferguson
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    Falconetti, The Passion of Joan of Arc

    Bibi Andersson, Persona

    Robert Mitchum, Night of the Hunter

    James Cagney, White Heat

    James Stewart, Vertigo  

    Charles Chaplin, City Lights  

    John Wayne, Red River (John Ford on seeing the film: I didn’t know the big son of a bitch could act!)

    Jeanne Moreau, Jules and Jim

    Peter Lorre, M

    Lillian Gish, Broken Blossoms

    Jacques Tati, Playtime

    Buster Keaton, Seven Chances    

    Cary Grant, Bringing Up Baby

    Katharine Hepburn, Bringing Up Baby

    Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain  

    hardly all inclusive, just some that come to mind                     

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    Logan
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    I would add (to some already mentioned):

    Emily Watson – Breaking the Waves
    Marlon Brando – Last Tango in Paris

    Setsuko Hara – Tokyo Story
    Burt Lancaster – Atlantic City

    Yoon Jeong-hee – Poetry
    Jack Nicholson – Chinatown

    Ingrid Bergman – Voyage to Italy
    Gene Hackman – The Conversation

    Gena Rowlands – A Woman Under the Influence
    Victor Sjöström – Wild Strawberries

    Tippi Hedren – Marnie
    Charlie Chaplin – The Great Dictator

    Jane Wyman – All That Heaven Allows
    Lamberto Maggiorani – Bicycle Thieves

    Bjork – Dancer in the Dark
    Anthony Perkins – Psycho

    Pam Grier – Jackie Brown
    Cary Grant – Only Angels Have Wings

    Juliette Binoche – Three Colors: Blue
    Max Schreck – Nosferatu

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    Scottferguson
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    great additions

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    mk
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    I would like to add Charles Chaplin for The Great Dictator and I loved Dujardin in The Artist.

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    Macbeth
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    Actor Role Film
    Christoph Waltz** Col. Hans Landa Inglorious Basterds (2009)
    Dustin Hoffman** Raymond Babbitt Rain Man (1988)
    Kevin Spacey** Lester Burnham American Beauty (1999)
    Daniel Day-Lewis Daniel Plainview There Will Be Blood (2007)
    Charlize Theron** Aileen Wuornos Monster (2003)
    Robin Williams* Adrian Cronauer Good Morning Vietnam (1987)
    Tom Hanks** Forrest Gump Forrest Gump (1994)
    Anthony Hopkins** Dr. Hannibal Lecter The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    Johnny
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    Captain Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean: The Black Pearl (2003)
    Samuel L. Jackson* Jules Winfield Pulp Fiction (1994)
    Robert De Niro Rupert Pupkin The King of Comedy (1983)
    Jodie Foster Clarice Starling The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    David  Hyde Pierce Warwick Wilson The Perfect Host (2010)
    Marlon Brando** Don Vito Corleone The Godfather (1972)
    Louise Fletcher Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
    Jim Carrey Truman Burbank The Truman Show (1998)
    Jack Nicholson* Warren R. Schmidt About Schmidt (2002)
    Phillip Seymour Hoffman** Truman Capote Capote (2005)
    Diane Keaton Annie Hall Annie Hall (1977)
    Kevin Kline** Otto West A Fish Called Wanda
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    Morgan Henard
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    Will maybe fill out a more thorough list later, but my top male and female performance…

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

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