I think he's a terrific actor. Not sure which list he's on.
Probably B or B+ in terms of what really counts to Hollywood - bankability. He's not a box-office draw, and does character roles as well as leads.
But he has so much prestige that he's probably an honorary A-.
Not that all such ABC definitions aren't totally arbitrary
2 Oscars means he's A list.
I think he exists outside of celebrity, if that makes any sense. He's a living legend, about to win his third Best Actor Oscar.
And besides, we live in a world where crack dealers like Jay-z are A-list, so why would DDL lose sleep over it?
[quote]He's not a box-office draw
Disagree. His name brings a certain interest to a project - people know at least he'll be worth seeing.
Every time he makes a film he gets nominated for an Oscar !
He is either on the A List or beyond the A List, don't know which one.
Better: he doesn't NEED to be on the A-list.
Besides two Oscars for Best Actor (never a Supporting actor), he is married to Rebecca Miller, daughter of great American playwright Arthur Miller, who was married to Marilyn Monroe.
That makes him Definitely A List in Hollywood.
He's an untouchable and transcends lists.
The true definition of an A-lister is someone who gets the first offer on the plum projects - the names on the B list being those you call after the A-lister has turned it down.
I'm pretty sure DDL is the first pick for every director he works with - and those directors are all A-listers themselves.
Can't even believe this question was even asked, to be honest.
He is A list.
His name associated with a project brings with it a cache that makes a lot of other A-listers want to be involved in the project.
R10, as everyone in Hollywood knows, he was NOT Spielberg's first choice to play Lincoln. The role was originally going to be played by Liam Neeson (a "Schindler's List" reunion) but Liam bowed out because of scheduling issues.
Only then did Spielberg approach DDL, and even then wasn't convinced DDL was right for the role until DDL came to meet him in character, and stayed that way for an interview that lasted all day.
Yes, I agree this is a stupid question.
Whether he was the first choice or not, he transcends lists. He's in Meryl Streep territory.
I stand corrected, R12.
And a little astonished. I don't know if I just have DDL's performance burned in my brain, but I can't picture Neeson as Lincoln. I'm amazed that Spielberg went to him first, as he doesn't have DDL's acting chops or prestige (and he's absolutely DISMAL at accents), although I suppose (getting back to the OP's question) he is a proven box office draw.
I still think DDL is A list, though.
I'm with R9, he is bigger than lists.
Anyway, didn't the A List start out as a party thing? As in (to a minion), "I'm having a party, invite the A List."
CDAN's criteria used to be Oscar made you A List for life, but now is more about box-office. Which by his standards, for example, makes Liza B List. Nuts. Some people are just A and for life. Box-office be damned.
DDL is A-List enough to have courteously tuned down the role at least twice - while SS and Kushner re-worked the script - before finally accepting.
With Neeson's refusal DDL doubtless knew he had the upper hand with SS, for whom the project came first. I wonder though if any other actor has ever turned down Spielberg twice, and still got the job; or will ever again.
^ turned down
Neeson was Spielberg's first choice YEARS ago, like back when DDL was semi-retired. At the time it made perfect sense.
He's an actor, not a movie star. He'll never be mobbed on the street by screaming fans or have paparazzi stalking him.
He is most assuredly not in 'Meryl Streep territory', r13.
Meryl has greater name recognition than DDL, and his upcoming third Oscar won't change that.
He is not talked about as much as she is; his films don't do as much box office as hers; he is not as iconic as Meryl.
Meryl is peerless; DDL has Ralph Fiennes/Anthony Hopkins/Sean Penn/Russell Crowe as competitors, regardless of their respective Oscar count.
DDL is A list.
Meryl Streep is A+ list.