March 16, 2013 at 10:11 am #542990
I understand there are a lot I’ve missed, so just pick “other” and specify.March 16, 2013 at 10:29 am #542992
I love this thread because it makes the assumption
that Meryl Streep is the greatest actress working today..
You have missed a few choices Greg…
Then its all downhill rather fast….March 16, 2013 at 10:31 am #542993
I know I did. (And IMO, MS is the greatest working actress) Blanchett is one that I had to cut.March 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm #542994
Hmmm…interesting question. I went with Other, for my reasons here. I think several actresses rival her in different ways.
As a technician, Meryl is unmatched. I guess I consider that her ability to assume accents, to take on a character, her dramatic timing together with her comedic timing (don’t think anyone has this combination, mastering both). For just comedy, Diane Keaton is simply wonderful and so natural. But some actors are more skilled in other areas… Regarding physical acting, for example, someone like Jodie Foster surpasses Meryl. For me that’s more than just an action scene, but how she reacts to her environment. Look at how she plays the final showdown with Buffalo Bill, how she moves through the basement, when the lights go out and she’s in the dark, and then once she shoots him how she handles the gun and tries to reload it, struggling in shock. Regarding charisma, the British dames, especially Maggie Smith and Judi Dench have it on Meryl; their voices are so instantly recognizable and memorable they perhaps follow the Katharine Hepburn trajectory rather than the Bette Davis one—you know exactly what to expect and you always get it. Then, there are other actors who are much more effortless than Meryl, their sheer command of the camera I would call it. These actresses can have you completely mesmirized by a simple stare or a bat of an eyelash, they are just extremely gifted and own the screen like no one else—I’m thinking of Julie Christie, a phenomenal actress just a few years older than Meryl, but who purposely chose to avoid certain high profile films (go see Darling or McCabe & Mrs. Miller…just incredible, like Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor before her). The closest Meryl has come with this regard is probably Deer Hunter or Kramer vs. Kramer.March 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm #542995
Glenn Close. Both breakout in the 80’s and were, probably, the biggest actresses of that decade and Close in Dangerous Liaisons is on par (sometimes even above) that Streep in Sophie’s Choice (which I think it’s Streep’s better performance), none of the others (all great actresses, with the exception of Sally Field) come close of Streep and Close.March 17, 2013 at 7:47 am #542996
I don’t know, but it’s somehow strange and fascinating how many threads about Meryl Streep have come up lately.
There is no other actress whos roles have been re-casted or whos talent was compaired to others or no one aks who is the Julia Roberts of music world/Broadway.
What makes her so special? Isen’t she “overrated”? Doesn’t she have just a “medicore” filmography and only works with “bad” directors lately? Seriously, what keeps people talking about her?
If you have found the answer, you see why actually none of named certainly talented actresses can really rival her talent, because it seems to go way way WAY beyond just “acting”.March 18, 2013 at 1:06 pm #542997
Liv Ullman, Jeanne Moreau, Concha Velasco, Isabel Hubert, Carmen Maura, Juliette Binoche….May 21, 2013 at 11:16 pm #542998
Isabelle HuppertMay 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm #542999
I can’t believe Winslet won this poll!May 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm #543000
From the choices above, Winslet. Closely followed by Close.
From those not on the list: Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett, Jodie Foster, Isabelle Huppert, Emma Thompson and Nicole Kidman.May 22, 2013 at 9:40 pm #543001
It angers me people would forsake all other actresses for Meryl Streep. Streep can’t do everything and she certainly doesn’t do every role she’s given well or well enough that you can’t imagine someone else knocking it out the park too.
I don’t mind being alone on this. The next time you complain about the Academy ignoring your favorite outside of Streep with a lack of a nomination or a defeat as a nominee — just remember you pride Streep over all else and so does the Academy.May 25, 2013 at 11:21 am #543002
black30, your anger is laughable. Streep constitently turns in fine performances, never falling into type. The Academy and critics recognize that and nominate her. If an actress does happen to get snubbed, it’s definitely not her faultApril 17, 2018 at 2:46 pm #1202531275
1) Glenn Close
2) Susan Sarandon
3) Jessica Lange
4) Annette Bening
5) Cate Blanchett
6) Nicole Kidman
7) Maggie Smith
8) Judi Dench
9) Vanessa Redgrave
10) Sally Field
11) Jane Fonda
12) Kathy Bates
13) Jodie Foster
14) Frances McDormand
15) Kate Winslet
16) Diana Rigg
17) Sissy Spacek
18) Joanne Woodward
19) Holly Hunter
20) Jessica Tandy
21) Diane Keaton
21) Shirley Mclaine
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