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    The fact you only included men is sending me…and not for a good reason.

    He created a thread “which actor will define the decade” but didn’t include any female actors…

    FYC OSCARS : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN IN ALL CATEGORIES (ESP. ACTRESS – Carey Mulligan AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — EMERALD FENNELL), VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", ESSIE DAVIS FOR "BABYTEETH"

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    Vivien Leigh Gone With the Wind

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    I hate overacting that’s why I think Al Pacino in The Godfather 1 is my favorite. So natural. Just like Russell Crowe in Gladiator, American Gangster and The Insider. Sylvester Stallone in Rocky 1, First Blood and Creed 1. Robert De Niro in Heat. Ryan Gosling in Drive. And Gary Oldman in León The Proffesional

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    Of course I’ll echo Rowlands as a possible answer. Others include Nikolai Cherkasov in Ivan the Terrible, Jet Li in Once upon a Time in China, Sheryl Lee in Fire Walk with Me, and Vitalina Varela in, well, you know lol.

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    Denzel Washington, Malcolm X

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    It saddens me so much that the closest we’ve got to anyone on here mentioning a performance with some comedy in it is Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. The genre bias I will never understand.

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    It saddens me so much that the closest we’ve got to anyone on here mentioning a performance with some comedy in it is Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. The genre bias I will never understand.

    Somebody said Colin Farrell in In Bruges and also Robert De Niro in King of Comedy so you must not have looked hard enough

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    The fact you only included men is sending me…and not for a good reason.

    A bunch of people have mentioned people and only included women too?

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    Robert De Niro – Raging Bull, The King of Comedy

    Anthony Hopkins – The Father

    Olivia DeHavilland – The Heiress

    Mo’nique – Precious

    Ingrid Bergman – Casablanca, Autumn Sonata

    Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

    Jamie Foxx – Ray

    Judy Garland – A Star is Born

    Whoopie Goldberg – The Colour Purple

    Just the first ones I thought of

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    Somebody said Colin Farrell in In Bruges and also Robert De Niro in King of Comedy so you must not have looked hard enough

    Tbf I did miss these. But actually think my point still stands when we’ve had so many performances mentioned so far and these and maybe DiCaprio in Wall Street are the only ones that are persistently comedic.

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    Definitely Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc. I don’t see how anyone else could possibly outperform her there. Even with the handicap of silence her facial expressions alone make it one of the most nuanced and well-delivered performances in film history.

    DDL in TWBB, Homayuon Ershadi in Taste of Cherry, and the two leads of Amadeus also come to mind.

    FYC: Evie the Cow for Best Supporting Actress

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    Love the Marion Cotillard mentions along with Streep in SOPHIE’S CHOICE, Rowlands in A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, and Falconetti in THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC.

    I’ll through in Bibi Andersson for PERSONA and Liv Ullman in SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE.

    Oh and Juliette Binoche in BLUE.

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    Tbf I did miss these. But actually think my point still stands when we’ve had so many performances mentioned so far and these and maybe DiCaprio in Wall Street are the only ones that are persistently comedic.

    I think Comedy performances don’t leave as much emotional impact on you after watching so people don’t think of them when asked about best performance of all time.

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    I have to lend another mention to Falconetti’s Joan, but so much great stuff has been written about this performance that I don’t feel I have much to add of great value. All I can say is I’ve never seen another film performance that I feel truly surpasses it, even while the influence it has had is so rich and expansive.

    Some outstanding performances that don’t get noticed enough these days, even by cinephiles:

    Vanessa Redgrave – The Devils (1971)
    Klaus Maria Brandauer – Mephisto (1981)
    David Thewlis – Naked (1993)

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    I’m surprised no one has mentioned Bette Davis for anything.

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