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    Zhao Tao was a very inspired choice. Though her performance in “A Touch of Sin” might not be the best showcase of her talent even if it’s her most known film, the more screentime she gets in a film, the more she delivers.
    Mahershala Ali has performed amazingly in both films and TV and every time a new project comes out, he keeps on giving his best performance, so what’s not to like about him being named here?
    Hate all you want Melissa McCarthy, but her performance in “Can You Ever Forgive?” is among my top 10 performances this decade and her turn in “Spy” might be the funniest too.
    The Catherine Deneuve mention, I don’t get it. Had the list been about 20th century actors, she’d make the list deservedly so. But her latest performances are all so similar with only her roles in “Dancer in the Dark” a huge exception by not playing her usual femme fatale, and “Le Tout Nouveau Testament” by being paired with a gorilla, but again, same performance.
    Same case for Wes Studi, which undermines Native Americans work on film. Are there many roles for them? No. Have they excelled in media? Yes. Does at least one of them deserve to be on this list? Of freaking course. Zahn McClarnon could’ve been a terrific pick to be here, but it feels they just included the first Indigenous actor that came to mind.
    And if both Denzel and Daniel are on this list, why not Meryl too?
    Rob Morgan has to be the strangest choice to be here, though I’m not complaining.
    Alfre Woodard, Kim Min-hee, Toni Servillo, Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix and especially Keanu Reeves, I just simply don’t get it.

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    Kim Min-hee

    Huh? Her work with Hong Sang-soo alone should push her into the top 10, easily.

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    And two exceptional TV performances along with two more great ones. It is greatest actors after all not greatest film actors.

    Is it? From reading through, it seems heavily film-focused with TV only being mentioned when they don’t have enough film work to talk about.

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    DiCaprio and Blanchett are out as they should. If any American actor was snubbed, it’s Natalie Portman.

    Hey Genius.  Cate Blanchett isn’t an American actress.  She’s not even British or even European like most people probably assume.  She’s Australian, born and bred.  That’s also where she began her career; as a stage actress.

     

    And if you think Dicaprio should have been left off the list, I’d say that it’s subjective but if you feel Blanchett should be left off, I’d say that’s probably less subjective and more naive/idiotic and ignorant because she’s one of the true greats, and definitely one of the best of thus century, very easily.

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    Hey Genius. Cate Blanchett isn’t an American actress. She’s not even British or even European like most people probably assume. She’s Australian, born and bred. That’s also where she began her career; as a stage actress.

    And if you think Dicaprio should have been left off the list, I’d say that it’s subjective but if you feel Blanchett should be left off, I’d say that’s probably less subjective and more naive/idiotic and ignorant because she’s one of the true greats, and definitely one of the best of thus century, very easily.

    Thanks for the correction, I thought she was American. About the rest: fuck off.

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    Wow, very strange list. Nowhere near enough television stars on that list so it’s hard to take it seriously.

    Most obvious and glaring omissions would be Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Jessica Lange, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Leonardo DiCaprio and of course Reese Witherspoon.

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    To be honest having a list like this undermines the acting process overall. Actors have fundamentally different styles that cannot be compared. The requirements for screen and stage are different, even those between film and television. That’s what my head says.

    My heart says a list that puts Keanu over Cate is not to be trusted.

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    Unironically, what is this list? Keanu Reeves – #4 lmaoooooooo.

    What is the taxonomy?

    Kind of a pretentious list – sure, Phoenix, Denzel, Day-Lewis, J. Moore, Viola Davis, Tilda Swinton are probably on there, on an objective metric. But the amount of silly choices… It almost seems as if they have only taken into account the 2010s for some – like, yes, Oscar Isaac is great. But is he better than DiCaprio? or Amy Adams? or Cate Blanchett? No – he just doesn’t have the filmography or TV-ography, if that’s a word, yet. Same goes for the great Mahershala Ali and Michael B. Jordan. Also, I think some of these might have too few “great film” credits to their names to really be seen as credible options.

    Out of curiosity, folks, what would you say would be the best way to decide the Top 25 actors of the current century thus far?

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    This list is terrible and Daniel Day-Lewis not being #1 makes it even worse.

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    Wow, very strange list. Nowhere near enough television stars on that list so it’s hard to take it seriously.

    This. The only two whose television work seemed to be a part of their inclusion are Davis & Ali (both Oscar winners).

    Most of the universally agreed upon iconic and beloved tv stars are usually in a long running role for years so it’s harder for to a larger body of work as compared.

    There’s so much prodomentially TV people who could be included. Off the top of my head; Sarah Paulson, Bryan Cranston, Olivia Colman, Elisabeth Moss, Lisa Kudrow, Regina King, Sterling K. Brown, Gillian Anderson, Christine Baranski, Sandra Oh, Ted Danson.

    Even predominantly active in film thespians whose done arguably their best work in television this decade (Jessica Lange, Laura Dern, Angela Bassett).

    They could’ve gone bold and even went with the British TV thespians like Olivia Colman, Billie Piper, Sarah Lanchesire, Vicky McClure, Rob Brydon, Matt Berry, Jodie Whitaker, Fiona Shaw, Keeley Hawes, Peter Capaldi, Ruth Wilson, Julie Hesmondhalgh, David Tenant etc.

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    This list is terrible and Daniel Day-Lewis not being #1 makes it even worse.

    Could not agree more. Day-Lewis is number one.

    FYC:

    Picture: Nomadland
    Director: Chloe Zhao
    Leading Actress: Frances McDormand
    Leading Actor: Anthony Hopkins
    Supporting Actress: Olivia Colman
    Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya
    Adapted Screenplay: The Father
    Original Screenplay: Minari

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    What the hell is this list? It’s the 21st century! Not the decade. Who in their right mind would put Saoirse Ronan, Michael B Jordan, Oscar Isaac, Melissa McCarthy, Sonia Braga, Gael Garcia Bernal, Mahershala Ali in here?? Hell I dont even know who Rob Morgan is????? The fuck? Why didn’t they put Christ Evans and Florence Pugh while they’re at it.
    Cate Blanchett didn’t deliver outstanding performances non-stop from 2000s until today to be left off of this list. Seriously, the only inspire choice here is Isabell Huppert at second place.

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    No Streep, Blanchett, Portman, DiCaprio, Winslet, and on and on? What has Keanu Reeves done to merit top five placement? Mess.com. Denzel topping the list is kinda inspired, but then what followed, yikes.

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    This is a great list, idk what you guys are talking about. It feels like the list of an actual person and not a committee regurgitating the consensus “best of”. It’s not the one I would have written, but isn’t it boring when all these lists look the same?

    FYC: Riz Ahmed + Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)
    Sidney Flanigan (Never Rarely Sometimes Always)
    Youn Yuh-jung (Minari)

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    Cate Blanchett missing for Reeves, McCarthy and B. Jordan is…a choice. And a horrible one. Meryl not making the cut doesn’t surprise me at all, considering her best career performances are basically from the past century. The rest of the list is not that bad. I disagree with the order but some of the names on the list are really good. Isabelle Huppert, Tilda Swinton, Oscar Isaac, Kim Min-hee, Song Kang-ho and Gael Garcia Bernal making the cut makes super happy. All of them are absolutely phenomenal and have delivered amazing work this century. Also, extremely happy to see Sonia Braga and Catherine Deneuve listed here. I would’ve have loved to see Michelle Williams and Marion Cotillard on the list but one can’t have everything.

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