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    Chitanda170
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    I agree with many on the list, but I don’t understand why Keanu Reeves is in the list, he’s a great movie star but not a great actor

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    I see Saoirse so it ain’t that bad lol. There were some questionable choices tho.

    FYC

    Picture: "Minari"
    Director: Chloé Zhao, "Nomadland"
    Actor: Delroy Lindo, "Da 5 Bloods"
    Actress: Carey Mulligan, "Promising Young Woman"
    Supporting Actor: Glynn Turman, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
    Supporting Actress: Youn Yuh-jung, "Minari"

    "Don't be a Republican" - Lady Bird Ronan

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    As much as people hate hearing her name, Meryl is #1.

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    I actually think Melissa McCarthy is an inspired choice but this list is pretty wack. I think they were purposefully looking for out of the box choices, but in doing so, they omitted several mainstream “Oscar-caliber” actors (DiCaprio, Blanchett, Winslet, Portman, Streep, Adams, etc.) who deserve to be on the list.

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    Really? I still need to watch a good performance of hers. I considered her pretty bad in Aquarius and mediocre in Bacurau. She was a little messy in Kiss of the Spider Woman as well, but that’s from the 80s.

    The lack of taste.

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    15. Michael B. Jordan

    Huh?

    FYC Emmys: "The Crown" in all categories, "I May Destroy You" in all categories, "It's a Sin" in all categories, "Small Axe" in all categories, Billie Piper ("I Hate Suzie"), Yvonne Strahovski ("Stateless") and Ruth Wilson ("His Dark Materials")

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    Lol.

    Of course, no stock in the list, but it is a nice jumping-off point for discussion, which is the intention. Naturally, though, there are far too many Hollywood actors and it’s crazy to me that some of you actually want more of them!

    Anyway, the most obviously glaring omission is Binoche. Honestly, she would make far more sense than Deneuve, whose 21st-century performances are far and away eclipsed by those of the preceding decades.

    Others who are out of place by showing up on the list: McCarthy (there are far better comedic actors–Gerwig is right there), Morgan (a recency bias if there ever was one), Studi (“We must include a native actor, so let’s go with the only one Joe Schmoe will recognize!” Please; Gladstone!), Jordan (…I mean really? What? If you wanted a young, black actor: Brian Tyree Henry), Isaac and Swinton as resident indie darlings, Ronan as a youth pick, and, lastly: Davis, Song, and Washington. Obviously an unfavorable opinion, but Davis and Washington are stage actors who can’t act for the frame, but people would complain if they went with lesser-known black actors, so there they are. Song only makes sense as needing another Asian actor but also needing someone recent and semi-recognizable. All just so…transparent.

    Clearly just not as eclectic and exciting as I would like it to be. Props for racial and ethnic “diversity,” I guess. At least they tried.

    Huppert rightfully takes a place in the top three. Zhao should be up there, as well, and they should be joined by the passed-over Ventura.

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    I’m an Asian. This FORCED diversity (of color, region and body size) is really problematic. These kinds of lists makes me question the motive of such lists. By what angle Song Kang Ho is in top 10? And why Keanu Reeves, MBJ, Melisa McCarthy and Saoirse Ronan even in this list? Why is Nicole Kidman so high? Oscar Isaac for what? Star War duds? Some of these people have hardly given 2 good performances or good films.

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    Amy Adams nowhere to be found, as she should be. But yeah this list is a mess.

    Says a person who thinks Zendaya is most popular actress in the world? Talk about Delusion.

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    I’m an Asian. This FORCED diversity (of color, region and body size) is really problematic. These kinds of lists makes me question the motive of such lists. By what angle Song Kang Ho is in top 10? And why Keanu Reeves, MBJ, Melisa McCarthy and Saoirse Ronan even in this list? Why is Nicole Kidman so high? Oscar Isaac for what? Star War duds? Some of these people have hardly given 2 good performances or good films.

    Forgive me if I’m wrong–anyone know–but isn’t Song Kang-ho huge in South Korea?

    watch I May Destroy You

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    Forgive me if I’m wrong–anyone know–but isn’t Song Kang-ho huge in South Korea?

    Not really. He is not THAT big which you think he is.

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    Keanu Reeves and Michael B. Jordan over Jake Gyllenhaal is enough to discredit this list. What does Gyllenhaal have to do to earn recognitions from Hollywood lol

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    This list is better than Time 100 most influential people of 2020

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    @King Of Movies Let’s not start talking about the treatment poc and black actors receive in Asia.

    Actually, we don’t have words such as POC, WOC etc here. But let’s talk about how Asian actors are treated in America. I don’t even remember the last time an Asian actor was even nominated at the Oscars or headlined a huge studio or indie film.

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    She’s not even one of my faves but even I think the lack of inclusion of Meryl Streep for the likes of Michael B. Jordan is kinda petty and embarrassing.

    Also, I just can’t with them including Mahershala Ali when he’s only given two notable film performances.

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