March 17, 2020 at 8:25 am #1203384153
I excluded options like Marlon Brando, Laurence Olivier, Peter O’Toole, James Stewart, and Paul Newman because I wanted to concentrate on the living ones, and who belong to a more modern era of filmmaking.
So who is overall the greatest male actor among these ten options that I gave you??
Go.March 17, 2020 at 8:44 am #1203384186
Nicholson and Washington are my absolute favorites. But since Nicholson has the better filmography, himMarch 17, 2020 at 8:49 am #1203384203
I don’t think he’s ever given a bad performance. Even in so-so movies, he elevates the material.
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Daniel Day-LewisMarch 17, 2020 at 8:54 am #1203384212This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.March 17, 2020 at 9:30 am #1203384269
I’ll say Day Lewis. The others are incredible, but Day Lewis is able to completely and utterly transform into his characters in a way I’m not sure I’ve ever seen another actor replicate.March 17, 2020 at 9:36 am #1203384281
I nearly went with Gary Oldman for a brief moment, but my reason reasserted itself and I voted Day-Lewis.
Let’s look at the receipts for that:
Literally the second sentence of his Wikipedia page: “One of the most respected actors of his generation, he has also been hailed as one of the greatest actors in cinema history.” Why?
His first credited appearance was in Gandhi, and it went uphill from there.
1985 – My Beautiful Launderette – Won National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor – Won New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
1985 – A Room With a View – Also won those awards
1989 – My Left Foot – Won Academy Award for Best Actor – Nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
1992 – Last of the Mohicans – Nominated for BAFTA Award for Best Actor
1993 – In the Name of the Father – Nominated for Academy Award/BAFTA Award/Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
1996 – The Crucible – Nominated for NYFCC Award for Best Actor
1997 – The Boxer – Nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
2002 – Gangs of New York – Won BAFTA Award for Best Actor – Nominated for Academy and Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor
2007 – There Will Be Blood – Won Academy/BAFTA/Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor
2009 – Nine – Nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
2012 – Lincoln – Won Academy/BAFTA/Golden Globe for Best Actor
2017 – Phantom Thread – Nominated for the three previous
Plus featured in a ton of other critically acclaimed movies.
TO SUM: 6 Academy Award noms (3 wins), 7 BAFTA noms (4 wins), 8 Golden Globe noms (2 wins), 2 Screen Actors Guild noms and wins, 4 Critics’ Choice noms (3 wins), 3 Los Angeles Film Critics Association noms and wins, 3 National Society of Film Critics noms and wins, 7 NYFCC noms (6 wins), 4 Satellite Award noms (1 win), 3 Toronto Film Critic Association noms (1 win), and 4 Vancouver Film Critics Circle noms (3 wins).
Most Academy Award wins for Best Actor. Swept all five major awards for both There Will Be Blood and Lincoln.
Easily the greatest.
"It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument." - William Gibbs McAdooMarch 17, 2020 at 9:51 am #1203384299
Day Lewis blows them out of water.
That’s what you say
I say Nicholson and WashingtonMarch 17, 2020 at 9:51 am #1203384305
De Niro in his prime was unbeatable in terms of range, versatility, commitment, performances, and films, he was widely considered the greatest living actor.
Then after 1995 he decided to ruin and degrade himself, and not even stretching himself in his late years. Even though he was terrific in a late career return to form like The Irishman, he still was doing something familiar in his wheelhouse, not a challenging role at all.
So I’d give it to Day-Lewis, for not repeating himself, every role he does is incredibly different from the previous one and as challenging.
He’s been more consistent in his commitment, intensity, and versatility of the performances and roles he did for nearly 30 years.
He’s the greatest living actor.March 17, 2020 at 10:06 am #1203384319
Anthony Hopkins. Can convey anything with a look, a gesture, a word. He doesn’t need to change his appearance drastically, do method acting, or anything of the like. Once it is time to inhabit the character, he turns it on he just does it. Impeccably. He’s amazing.March 19, 2020 at 12:23 am #1203386466
Day Lewis blows them out of water.
Of course since he has 5 years to prepare for each role. The others give just as good performances in three different films in the same year.
The four horsemen of the 70s: Nicholson, Hoffman, De Niro, and Pacino.March 19, 2020 at 4:18 am #1203386529
All listed are great
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Washington. He has yet to give a terrible performance. He might not compare to Day-Lewis accolade-wise, but the industry doesn’t exactly award POC performers proportionately, so that doesn’t seem like a fair measure to begin with.
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