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    Kelvin
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    #1203507742

    I’m posting this again because apparently the first 2 don’t work. Sorry for the spamming.

    Here are mine:

    – Sissy Spacek – 3 women

    Throughout the whole film she was able to showcase a lot of range, going from weirdly child-like and timid to confident and even selfish at times. That particular scene just blew my mind. She was able to convey so much emotion with just this look.

    – Shelley Duvall – 3 women

    While Sissy had a showier role, she arguably had the harder role to pull through. While Spacek had the drastic transformation, the film depended on Duvall’s ability to subtly change her manners in order to convey the “morphing” of the two women.

    – Judy Holliday – Bells Are Ringing

    Judy Holliday is just such a joy to watch. Her comedic timing and charm are in full display in this movie.

    – Sandy Dennis – Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

    She’s the one that stood out in this incredible ensemble. This chracter is so hard to understand because Dennis brought such a specific and weird nuance to it. No one could have played it the way she did and the way she portrayed the obsession and slow descent into craziness is amazing.

    – Liv Ullman – Autumn Sonata

    Both leads are absolutely brilliant there but Liv is the MVP for me. Obviously she has a lot of showy material in the second half but my favorite scene of hers is the one in which she listens to her mother play the piano and all the troubles of their relationship come back to her. Perfect acting.

    – Ingrid Thulin – Cries and Whispers

    A portrayal that’s so haunting and raw that it becomes absolutely terrifying.

    – Katharine Hepburn – The Philadelphia Story

    What is there to say here? That performance is a classic and a gift that we might not deserve.

    – Juliette Binoche – The Lovers on the Bridge

    This miserable and ugly role is a real showcase for Binoche and she is heartbreaking throughout. Each of her scenes is so energetic and filled with genuine emotions.

    – Anne Dorval – Mommy

    She’s loud and over the top but also visceral and intense. She grabs your attention from the first scene and you can’t look away til the very end. She also has that scene at some point that just tears your heart out. I know the film has it’s detractors but it’s hard to not admire her acting.

    – Tatyana Samoylova – The Cranes Are Flying

    Such a moving performance. Her face is so expressive and she brilliantly succeeds in showcasing the consequences of war on regular people.

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    In chronological order

    Lillian Gish – Broken Blossoms

    Maria Falconetti – The Passion of Joan of Arc

    Vivien Leigh – Gone With The Wind

    Jean-Louis Barrault – Children of Paradise

    Barbara Loden – Wanda

    Marlon Brando – The Godfather

    Margit Cartensen – The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kanst

    Liv Ullmann – Scenes From a Marriage

    Leslie Cheung – Farewell, My Concubine

    Juliette Binoche – Certified Copy

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    Calconetti

    That’s FALCONETTI, you idiot.

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    Wanda
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    That’s FALCONETTI, you idiot.

    That was clearly a typo, lol. Hope your day is better for insulting someone for the most random thing.

    Thanks for the correction. Now go to fucking hell! 🙂

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    DeNiro: Taxi Driver
    DiCaprio: The Wolf of Wall Street
    Phoenix: The Master
    Norton: Fight Club
    Blanchett: Elizabeth
    Bale: American Psycho
    DeNiro: Once Upon A Time In America
    Seymour Hoffman: The Master
    Adams: Arrival
    DiCaprio: The Aviator
    DiCaprio: The Revenant

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    JayDF
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    That’s FALCONETTI, you idiot.

    What is wrong with you?

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    arodfan
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    What is wrong with you?

    Nothing. I’m just saying that people should get their spelling right.

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    Kelvin
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    Nothing. I’m just saying that people should get their spelling right.

    would you just post your list instead of trying to cause a mess?

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    would you just post your list instead of trying to cause a mess?

    Ok. Here it goes:

    1. James Stewart, Vertigo

    2. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

    3. Peter Sellers, Dr. Strangelove

    4. Gena Rowlands, A Woman Under the Influence

    5. Marcello Mastroianni, 8 1/2

    6. Robert Mitchum, The Night of the Hunter

    7. Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now

    8. Peter O’ Toole, Lawrence of Arabia

    9. Robert De Niro, Raging Bull

    10. Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront

     

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    That was clearly a typo, lol. Hope your day is better for insulting someone for the most random thing.

    Thanks for the correction. Now go to fucking hell! 🙂

    Thank you because that needed to be said!

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    So hard. I’ll only include lead performances, only one per actor and they are in alphabetical order:

    Bette Davis, All About Eve
    Olivia de Havilland, The Heiress
    Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver
    Shelley Duvall, 3 Women
    Sally Field, Norma Rae
    Oliver Reed, The Devils
    Sissy Spacek, Carrie
    Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake
    Jon Voight, Coming Home
    Tom Wilkinson, In the Bedroom

    Ugh, this list is only scratching the surface really. So many great performances I can’t include because everyone can count up to 10.

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    In no particular order:

    Emily Watson Breaking the Waves

    Gena Rowlands A Woman under the Influence

    Jane Fonda Klute

    Dirk Bogarde Death in Venice

    Shelley Duvall Three Women

    Christine Lahti Housekeeping

    Ian Holm The Sweet Hereafter

    Katharine Hepburn Bringing up Baby

    Jessica Lange Frances

    Jack Nicholson Ironweed

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    1. Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

    2. Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

    3. Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

    4. Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

    5. Matt Damon, The Martian

    6. Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

    7. Mads Mikkelsen, Arctic

    8. Matthew McConaughey, Interstellar

    9. Mahershala Ali, Green Book

    10. Amy Adams, Arrival

    Honorable mentions to Viggo in Green Book, DiCaprio in Inception, Hanks & Streep in The Post, and honestly scores of others. I hate having to pick only 10.

     

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    @vinny

    I love the visual of seeing Stanley’s “hey Stella!” followed by Scarlett’s resting bitch face.

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