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    Caelin Cripps
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    Since we just did this for the actresses, I thought it might be fun to rank each Oscar-winning performance by an actor from the last three decades. This is the 1990s version and I have included the 2000s and 2010s in separate threads. Have fun everyone! 🙂

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    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas (30)
    Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules (30)
    James Coburn, Affliction (30)
    Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry Maguire (30)
    Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (30)
    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (30)
    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia (30)
    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs (30)
    Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune (30)
    Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive (30)
    Martin Landau, Ed Wood (30)
    Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful (30)
    Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets (30)
    Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman (30)
    Jack Palance, City Slickers (30)
    Joe Pesci, Goodfellas (30)
    Geoffrey Rush, Shine (30)
    Kevin Spacey, American Beauty (30)
    Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (30)
    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting (30)

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    +2 Hopkins
    +1 Hanks (FG)
    +1 Hanks (P)
    +1 Williams
    -5 Gooding Jr.

    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs (32)

    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (31)
    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia (31)
    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting (31)

    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas (30)
    Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules (30)
    James Coburn, Affliction (30)
    Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (30)
    Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune (30)
    Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive (30)
    Martin Landau, Ed Wood (30)
    Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful (30)
    Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets (30)
    Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman (30)
    Jack Palance, City Slickers (30)
    Joe Pesci, Goodfellas (30)
    Geoffrey Rush, Shine (30)
    Kevin Spacey, American Beauty (30)
    Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (30)

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry Maguire (25)

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    +5 Hopkins
    -2 Benigni
    -1 Nicholson
    -1 Pacino
    -1 Palance

    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs (37)

    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (31)
    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia (31)
    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting (31)

    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas (30)
    Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules (30)
    James Coburn, Affliction (30)
    Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (30)
    Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune (30)
    Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive (30)
    Martin Landau, Ed Wood (30)
    Joe Pesci, Goodfellas (30)
    Geoffrey Rush, Shine (30)
    Kevin Spacey, American Beauty (30)
    Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (30)

    Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets (29)
    Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman (29)
    Jack Palance, City Slickers (29)

    Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful (28)

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry Maguire (25)

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    +3 Joe
    +2 Kevin
    -2 Tom
    -3 Roberto

    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs (37)

    Joe Pesci, Goodfellas (33)

    Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (32)

    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia (31)
    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting (31)

    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas (30)
    Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules (30)
    James Coburn, Affliction (30)
    Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (30)
    Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune (30)
    Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive (30)
    Martin Landau, Ed Wood (30)
    Geoffrey Rush, Shine (30)
    Kevin Spacey, American Beauty (30)

    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (29)
    Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets (29)
    Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman (29)
    Jack Palance, City Slickers (29)

    Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful (25)
    Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry Maguire (25)

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    +3 Hopkins
    +1 Hanks (Forrest Gump)
    +1 Irons
    -3 Caine
    -1 Benigni
    -1 Hackman

    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs (40)

    Joe Pesci, Goodfellas (33)

    Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (32)

    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia (31)
    Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune (31)
    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting (31)

    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas (30)
    James Coburn, Affliction (30)
    Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive (30)
    Martin Landau, Ed Wood (30)
    Geoffrey Rush, Shine (30)
    Kevin Spacey, American Beauty (30)
    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (30)

    Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (29) Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets (29)
    Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman (29)
    Jack Palance, City Slickers (29)

    Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules (27)

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry Maguire (25)

    Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful (24)

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    -2 Pacino, Benigni
    -1 Hanks
    +1 Spacey, Spacey, Hackman, Irons, Pesci

    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs (40)

    Joe Pesci, Goodfellas (34)

    Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (33)

    Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune (32)

    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia (31)
    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting (31)
    Kevin Spacey, American Beauty (31)

    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas (30)
    James Coburn, Affliction (30)
    Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive (30)
    Martin Landau, Ed Wood (30)
    Geoffrey Rush, Shine (30)
    Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (30)

    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (29)
    Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets (29)
    Jack Palance, City Slickers (29)

    Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules (27)
    Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman (27)

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry Maguire (25)

    Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful (22)

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    +3 Pacino
    +2 Pesci
    -3 Hanks
    -2 Benigni

    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs (40)

    Joe Pesci, Goodfellas (36)

    Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (33)

    Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune (32)

    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia (31)
    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting (31)
    Kevin Spacey, American Beauty (31)

    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas (30)
    James Coburn, Affliction (30)
    Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive (30)
    Martin Landau, Ed Wood (30)
    Geoffrey Rush, Shine (30)
    Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (30)
    Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman (30)

    Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets (29)
    Jack Palance, City Slickers (29)

    Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules (27)

    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (26)

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry Maguire (25)

    Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful (20)

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    +2 Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs
    +2 Joe Pesci, GoodFellas
    +1 Gene Hackman, Unforgiven
    -2 Kevin Spacey, American Beauty
    -2 Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump
    -1 Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman

    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs (42)

    Joe Pesci, GoodFellas (38)

    Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (33)

    Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune (32)

    Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (31)
    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia (31)
    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting (31)

    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas (30)
    James Coburn, Affliction (30)
    Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive (30)
    Martin Landau, Ed Wood (30)
    Geoffrey Rush, Shine (30)

    Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets (29)
    Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman (29)
    Jack Palance, City Slickers (29)
    Kevin Spacey, American Beauty (29)

    Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules (27)

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry Maguire (25)

    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (24)

    Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful (20)

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    +3 Hanks (FG)
    +2 Hopkins
    -5 Gooding Jr.

    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs (44)

    Joe Pesci, Goodfellas (38)

    Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (33)

    Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune (32)

    Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (31)
    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia (31)
    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting (31)

    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas (30)
    James Coburn, Affliction (30)
    Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive (30)
    Martin Landau, Ed Wood (30)
    Geoffrey Rush, Shine (30)

    Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets (29)
    Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman (29)
    Jack Palance, City Slickers (29)
    Kevin Spacey, American Beauty (29)

    Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules (27)
    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (27)

    Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful (20)
    Cuba Gooding Jr, Jerry Maguire (20)

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    +5 Hopkins
    -5 Hanks (FG)

    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs (49)

    Joe Pesci, Goodfellas (38)

    Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (33)

    Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune (32)

    Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (31)
    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia (31)
    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting (31)

    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas (30)
    James Coburn, Affliction (30)
    Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive (30)
    Martin Landau, Ed Wood (30)
    Geoffrey Rush, Shine (30)

    Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets (29)
    Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman (29)
    Jack Palance, City Slickers (29)
    Kevin Spacey, American Beauty (29)

    Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules (27)

    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (22)

    Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful (20)
    Cuba Gooding Jr, Jerry Maguire (20)

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    +3 Irons
    +1 Hopkins
    +1 Hanks (fg)
    -5 Caine

    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs (50)

    Joe Pesci, Goodfellas (38)

    Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune (35)

    Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (33)

    Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (31)
    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia (31)
    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting (31)

    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas (30)
    James Coburn, Affliction (30)
    Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive (30)
    Martin Landau, Ed Wood (30)
    Geoffrey Rush, Shine (30)

    Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets (29)
    Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman (29)
    Jack Palance, City Slickers (29)
    Kevin Spacey, American Beauty (29)

    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (23)

    Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules (22)

    Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful (20)
    Cuba Gooding Jr, Jerry Maguire (20)

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    +3 JP
    +2 JN
    -2 TH
    -3 RB

    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs (50)

    Joe Pesci, Goodfellas (41)

    Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune (35)

    Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (33)

    Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (31)
    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia (31)
    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting (31)
    Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets (31)

    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas (30)
    James Coburn, Affliction (30)
    Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive (30)
    Martin Landau, Ed Wood (30)
    Geoffrey Rush, Shine (30)

    Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman (29)
    Jack Palance, City Slickers (29)
    Kevin Spacey, American Beauty (29)

    Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules (22)

    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (21)

    Cuba Gooding Jr, Jerry Maguire (20)

    Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful (17)

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    +5 Hopkins
    -2 Benigni
    -2 Nicholson
    -1 Pacino

    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs (55)

    Joe Pesci, Goodfellas (41)

    Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune (35)

    Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (33)

    Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (31)
    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia (31)
    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting (31)

    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas (30)
    James Coburn, Affliction (30)
    Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive (30)
    Martin Landau, Ed Wood (30)
    Geoffrey Rush, Shine (30)

    Jack Palance, City Slickers (29)
    Kevin Spacey, American Beauty (29)
    Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets (29)

    Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman (28)

    Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules (22)

    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (21)

    Cuba Gooding Jr, Jerry Maguire (20)

    Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful (15)

    Why don't you? Go on. Go on. Don't be afraid!

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    +3 JN
    +2 JP
    -3 TH
    -2 RB

    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs (55)

    Joe Pesci, Goodfellas (43)

    Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune (35)

    Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (33)

    Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets (32)

    Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (31)
    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia (31)
    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting (31)

    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas (30)
    James Coburn, Affliction (30)
    Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive (30)
    Martin Landau, Ed Wood (30)
    Geoffrey Rush, Shine (30)

    Jack Palance, City Slickers (29)
    Kevin Spacey, American Beauty (29)

    Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman (28)

    Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules (22)

    Cuba Gooding Jr, Jerry Maguire (20)

    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (18)

    Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful (13)

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    -2 Gooding
    -3 Pacino
    +3 Spacey
    +1 Landau, Spacey

    Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs (55)

    Joe Pesci, Goodfellas (43)

    Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune (35)

    Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (34)

    Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets (32)
    Kevin Spacey, American Beauty (32)

    Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (31)
    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia (31)
    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting (31)
    Martin Landau, Ed Wood (31)

    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas (30)
    James Coburn, Affliction (30)
    Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive (30)
    Geoffrey Rush, Shine (30)

    Jack Palance, City Slickers (29)

    Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman (25)

    Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules (22)

    Cuba Gooding Jr, Jerry Maguire (18)
    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (18)

    Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful (13)

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