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    Jays
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    In no particular order, so hard to limit it to 10. Also, only doing one performance per actor.

    1. Natalie Portman, Black Swan
    2. Mia Farrow, Rosemary’s Baby
    3. Leonardo DiCaprio, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
    4. Debra Winger, Terms of Endearment
    5. Michelle Pfeiffer, The Age of Innocence
    6. Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
    7. Glenn Close, Dangerous Liaisons
    8. Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
    9. Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
    10. Rooney Mara, Carol

    Honorable Mentions:
    – Uma Thurman, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2
    – Jennifer Garner, Juno
    – Joaquin Phoenix, Her
    – Nicole Kidman, The Hours

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    Very surprised that there’s only been 1-2 mentions of Peter O’Toole in “Lawrence of Arabia,” which is to me –hands down– the most complex and emotionally multifaceted performance I’ve ever seen.

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    Honey
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    1. Casey Affleck – Manchester By the Sea
    2. Naomi Watts – Mulholland Drive
    3. Essie Davis – The Babadook
    4. Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
    5. James Dean – East of Eden
    6. Emmanuelle Riva – Hiroshima Mon Amour
    7. Maggie Cheung – In The Mood For Love
    8. Marlon Brando – A Streetcar Named Desire
    9. Bill Murray – Lost in Translation
    10. Scarlett Johansson – Lost in Translation

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    Vivien Leigh – Gone with the wind
    Barbra Streisand – Funny Girl
    Judy Garland – A star is born
    Maria Falconetti – The passion of Joan D’Arc
    Gloria Swanson – Sunset Boulevard

    Al Pacino – The Godfather
    Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
    Tahar Harim – The Prophet
    Leonardo Di Caprio – The wolf of Wall Street
    Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

    It was very difficult to choose only ten performances, after all, there are so many good performances, so I decided to choose five male and five female performances.
    Curious that when choosing five female performances it was extremely difficult because there are several that I like, but when choosing the male ones it was much easier, because I have few male performances among my favorites. And the only male performance from an ‘old’ film on my list is from Al Pacino, while there is no modern performance among the female ones I have listed …

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    Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind
    Takashi Shimura, Ikiru
    Katharine Hepburn, The Lion in Winter
    Albert Dieudonné, Napoléon
    Maria Falconetti, The Passion of Joan of Arc
    Isabelle Huppert, The Piano Teacher
    Isabelle Adjani, Possession
    Laurence Olivier, Richard III
    Ralph Fiennes, Schindler’s List
    Dirk Bogarde, The Servant

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    1: Kathy Bates in “Dolores Claiborne” (1995)
    2: Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy in “The Before Trilogy” (1995, 2004, 2013)
    3: Angela Lansbury in “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962)
    4: Bette Davis in “All About Eve” (1950)
    5: Montgomery Clift in “From Here to Eternity” (1953)
    6: Paul Giamatti in “Sideways” (2004)
    7: Al Pacino in “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975)
    8: Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine” (2013)
    9: Meryl Streep in “The Hours” (2002)
    10: Geraldine Page in “Interiors” (1978)

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    Actress: Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment
    2nd choice: Gloria Swanson, Sunset Boulevard
    3rd Choice: Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice
    Actor: Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    2nd choice: Casey Affleck in Manchester By the Sea
    3rd choice: Daniel Day Lewis in There Will be Blood

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    I posted my list earlier and it disappeared. Not sure what happened but anyways…

    In no particular order (and way more than 10):

    1. Olivia Colman – The Favourite

    2. Ingrid Bergman – Autumn Sonata

    3. Liv Ullman – Autumn Sonata

    4. Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse

    5. Gloria Swanson – Sunset Boulevard

    6. Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood

    7. Jane Darwell – The Grapes of Wrath

    8. Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel

    9. Ingrid Thulin – Cries and Whispers

    10. Adele Haenel – Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    11. Elizabeth Taylor – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?

    12. Anne Dorval – Mommy

    13. Bette Davis – What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    14. Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

    15. Takashi Shimura – Ikiru

    16. Meryl Steep, Dustin Hoffman, Justin Henry, and Jane Alexander – Kramer vs Kramer

    17. Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

    18. Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

    19. Charlie Chaplin – Modern Times

    20. Beulah Bondi – Make Way for Tomorrow

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    I’ve yet to see a mention of Gena Rowlands in Opening Night, so here it is.

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    I’ve yet to see a mention of Gena Rowlands in Opening Night, so here it is.

    I haven’t seen Opening Night or A Woman Under the Influence and I really need to. I hear nothing but raves for Gena Rowlands’ performances.

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    I haven’t seen Opening Night or A Woman Under the Influence and I really need to. I hear nothing but raves for Gena Rowlands’ performances.

    They’re both outstanding, and the two together showcase her versatility. Gena Rowlands’ acting redefines what realism on film can be, and I don’t think she has been matched nor met in that regard.

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