Foxx should give his Oscar to DiCaprio. Bridges should give his Oscar to any of the other four. Spacey should give his Oscar to Washington or Crowe Benigni needs to give his Oscar to any of the other four Scofield should by far give his to Burton Donat needs to give his Oscar to Gable Robertson needs to give his to O'Toole Carney should give his to Nickolson or Pacino
I still can't decide who to vote for. They are all equally terrible.
Roberto Benigni over Ian Mc Kellen for Gods and monsters Art Carney over Jack Nicholson for Chinatown John Wayne over Dustin Hoffman for Midnight Cowboy and Michael Douglas over Marcello Mastroianni for Dark eyes
I'm gonna cheat and cast TWO votes, but neither are on this list.
Jean Dujardin comes to mind. Remember him? Oh, yes, and that Shakespearean icon and kind gentleman Russell Crowe.
Tom, we absolutely agree. i'm not sure who you'd want over Dujardin, but I'd go with George Clooney or Gary Oldman any time.
As for Russell Crowe, I think he should have won for A Beautiful Mind (and, in your words, "I know it's apocryphal to say that."). The 2000 Best Actor Oscar should have gone to Tom Hanks for Cast Away.
From the list, I voted for Jamie Foxx. Leonardo DiCaprio gave a stellar performance in "The Aviator" and he should have an oscar by now.
First of all, Thank you Tom for mentioning Russell Crowe. I just loathed Gladiator and still thinks it's one of the great Oscar travesties.
I haven't seen the Artist yet, so I can't comment on Dujardin. But I absolutely can't imagine how he was better than Clooney, Pitt, or Oldman. All three gave great performances. Thus far, Clooney would have been my winner.
I would like to stick my neck out and offer some support for Art Carney. I just saw HArry and Tonto for the first time a week ago, and I completely loved it! Carney's performance is just perfect. it's a quiet performance with all the histrionics from the other performances. I can easily understand why people would want Pacino or Nicholson to win, but I certainly can't begrudge Carney his win.
Art Carney beat Jack Nicholson, Albert Finney, Dustin Hoffman AND Al Pacino LOL
Pacino gave one of the most unbelievable performances of all time and Nicholson was outstanding too, Carney won because of his status and, of course, was a lovely performance, but the actors that he was up against were way better.
I agree with Russell Crowe for sure, that was just not right.... But I voted for Jeff Bridges... Although It's nice of them to honor his career with an Oscar win, i wish they'd be that nice to Peter O'Toole.
Granted O'Toole was given an honoaray Oscar in 2003, but It would be nice if he was given a competitive win. I think he's earned it.
"Hearts are often broken When there are words unspoken In your soul there's answers to your prayers"- Whtiney Houston, Exhale
Agree with Tom about Dujardin. Of the nominees, I'd have gone with Bichir (then Clooney, then Pitt, then Dujardin, then Oldman), but my actual favorite male lead performance of last year was Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 50/50. Like Dujardin, he makes you laugh and breaks your heart, but JGL had the much more difficult role and still gives a more affecting performance.
Because he's terrible in so many, many films, Jamie Foxx got my vote. But at least this poll could spell his name correctly.
Apparently I am the only person on this website who liked LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. I am not even Italian, but I enjoyed Roberto Benigni's performance--for me, it's "Chaplinesque," which is quite a compliment. However, I do wish Ian McKellen had won that year.
What was so iconic about Jean Dujardin? The only iconic performance from last year's best actor nominees I could see was Gary Oldman because he was playing a famous character. And even then I would rank George Clooney in first. Dujardin in third. There was nothing iconic about The Artist. it was a very, very good movie that reminded us of a story in which hollywood destroyed half its generations of actors when it switched to sound. But there was nothing "iconic" about the movie itself or the performance.