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  • Daniel B.
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    Who do you think is the greatest living male actor that has won two or more acting Oscars?

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    Gucci
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    #541769

    Denzel Washington

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    JayDF
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    I went with Daniel Day-Lewis, but could have easily voted for Nicholson, Penn, DeNiro, Hoffman or Hackman.

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    unsunganthem
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    It’s Nicholson…all the way. I will say that he hasn’t been particularly outstanding since About Schmidt, but he has four decades of unbelievably good work under his belt. Every actor on this list is incredible. Day-Lewis is probably the best at the trade right now, but he isn’t overall better than Nicholson.

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Robert De Niro for sure. Have you seen Raging Bull? The greatest performance in cinema history. 

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    dannyboy.
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    This poll isn’t right.. If Streep was exempt with three, Nicholson is easily her equivalent (and then some). How could I not vote for him?

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    Laactingnyc
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    Honestly it is a tie between half of those names…… but if i had to pick 1 then it would be Robert De Niro. He has a lot of range in his acting, and i love range within an actor.

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    KT
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    Tom Hanks and Kevin Spacey–JUST NO.  Sean Penn very good, not on the level of greatest.  Denzel’s in the enviable position of being able to do anything, from stage to screen, moving from serious projects to blockbusters with ease and respect.  I LOVE Michael Caine–he’s a terrific actor, with a fantastic career.  Daniel Day-Lewis is probably the most respected actor consistently working now.

    MY AWARDS:

    Greatest Peformance: Robert De Niro, Raging Bull — the last 20 years of unremarkable work a serious consideration when denoting the “greatest” of the list

    Greatest Run of Performances: Dustin Hoffman — from The Graduate to Tootsie, remarkable 70s decade of work — but like Robert De Niro, over the last decade or so he’s turned in unremarkable work

    Most Underrated: Gene Hackman — there was a thread devoted to Hackman’s performance in The Conversation, where I detailed my reasons of him being underrated.

    Greatest Actor: Jack Nicholson — My vote.  NO ONE here has the range Nicholson has, 12 acting nominations over five straight decades.  An incredible actor and Hollywood legend.  Respected thespian and huge box office star.  I hope he has one final great performance in him.

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    Laactingnyc
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    Even though i went with De Niro it’s a tie between

    Daniel Day Lewis
    Jack Nicholson
    Tom Hanks
    Robert De Niro
    Dustin Hoffman

    Denzel Washington would be in 2nd place.

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    Daniel B.
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    This poll isn’t right.. If Streep was exempt with three, Nicholson is easily her equivalent (and then some). How could I not vote for him?

    Fair argument. Had I known Nicholson was going to own this poll, I probably would have left him out like I did with Streep in the female poll. Mind you, I wanted to include Streep, but as I mentioned, was limited to 10 options, and had to axe one of the ladies.  I couldn’t picture any of them winning over her.

    Although, with this poll in theory I could see many of the men being considered the greatest: Day-Lewis, Hoffman, De Niro, Nicholson, even Hanks jump out at me as being potential winners of this poll, and you could make a strong argument for any of them being the greatest living 2-time Oscar winner.  Part of the reason I made this was also because there is a good chance Day-Lewis will soon hold the record for the most Best Actor wins, and will be tied with Nicholson for the most wins for males.  So in a sense, I wanted to see who people really thought was the greatest living actor. The results of the poll have seemed to answer that for me.

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    Daniel B.
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    Also want to point out that I am shocked nobody has voted for Dustin Hoffman yet. I was torn between him and Nicholson.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he was near the top of most voters’ lists.

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