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Actor/Actress's Career Best Performance: Never mind what they won the Oscar or Emmy for.

A few of mine:

Bette Davis - All About Eve

Russell Crowe - A Beautiful Mind

Glenn Close - Dangerous Liasons

Elizabeth Taylor - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Richard Burton - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Kathy Bates - Dolores Claiborne

Emma Thompson - Wit

by Anonymousreply 193Last Saturday at 5:45 AM

Brad Pitt - True Romance. I know it's a tiny part, but he cracks me up every time.

by Anonymousreply 105/04/2020

Christopher Walken - the Dead Zone

by Anonymousreply 205/04/2020

I love Kathy Bates, and Dolores Claiborne, but her inconsistent accent in that drives me nuts.

by Anonymousreply 305/04/2020

I agree with all of the OP's choices.

Judy Garland - The Wizard of Oz

Kathrine Hepburn - The African Queen

Barbra Streisand - What's Up Doc

Lauren Bacall - The Big Sleep, tied with Murder on The Orient Express

Cary Grant - North by Northwest

Clark Gable - Gone With The Wind

Carrie Fisher - The Empire Strikes Back

Sigorney Weaver - Alien

Meryl Streep - Silkwood

Dustin Hoffman - Tootsie

by Anonymousreply 405/04/2020

R4, I would choose these:

Katharine Hepburn - The Lion in Winter

Sigourney Weaver - Gorillas in the Mist

by Anonymousreply 505/04/2020

Henry Fonda - The Lady Eve

Anouk Aimee - Lola

Paul Newman - The Rack

Gregory Peck - Roman Holiday

Whooping Goldberg - Jumpin' Jack Flash

William Hurt - Children of a Lesser God

by Anonymousreply 605/04/2020

R4 OP here. Great list! I totally agree with a few: Hoffman/Tootsie, Streisand/What's Up Doc (although Madeline Kahn might have been even better in her career Best), Meryl Streep/Silkwood. For Kate, though, I'd switch in Philadelphia Story for African Queen, and I preferred Sigourney in Aliens, (though she gives a couple stunning performances much later on). A few I didn't see.

by Anonymousreply 705/04/2020

Rosalind Russell - Auntie Mame

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by Anonymousreply 805/04/2020

Charlize Theron - Young Adult (playing another Monster, but with no "ugly" makeup to hide behind).

by Anonymousreply 905/04/2020

Marion Cotillard - La Vie En Rose (2007)

Janet McTeer - Tumbleweeds (1999)

Kim Stanley - Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

Paula Beer - Frantz (2006)

Nina Hoss - Phoenix (2014)

Isabelle Adjani - Possession (1981)

Giulietta Masina - La strada (1954)

All women since I never find any male actors convincing in their roles though.

by Anonymousreply 1005/04/2020

Brendad Ickson- Camille- Mr. Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre production

Shannon Tweed- Night Desires: A Mother’s Revenge, Cinemax

Lindsay Wagner: A Stolen Life of a Small Town Stripper Batting Bulimia While Searching for her Kidnapped Daughter, Lifetime

Mamie Van Doren: Third set of stunt breasts in Caligula

Loni Anderson: As a C- List celebrity from 30 years ago standing in line for her unemployment check.

Paul Lynn: As America’s Straightest Lavender Lothario, Bewitch

Carol Channing: Children of the When Did I Have Corn?

by Anonymousreply 1105/04/2020

Sally Field - Norma Rae (The Academy got it right. She's been great many times since, but never better).

by Anonymousreply 1205/04/2020

Sharon Stone, Casino and she deserved the Oscar.

by Anonymousreply 1305/04/2020

R13 No she fucking didn't!

by Anonymousreply 1405/04/2020

R14 bullshit, no one even remembers those two performances. Sharon’s is the only one that held up.

by Anonymousreply 1505/04/2020

[quote]All women since I never find any male actors convincing in their roles though.

How come?

by Anonymousreply 1605/05/2020

R15 Fuck you you Trump supporter, you you....

Your not taking away my Oscar.

by Anonymousreply 1705/05/2020

R17 undeserved.

by Anonymousreply 1805/05/2020

R17 = the real Sue Sarandan being triggered for real.

by Anonymousreply 1905/05/2020

Olivia Colman in The Favorite. Such a well deserved Oscar. Sad to see her talents miss-fire on the Crown, but she had gigantic shoes to fill.

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by Anonymousreply 2005/05/2020

Leonardo DiCaprio—What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

by Anonymousreply 2105/05/2020

I think LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is Katharine Hepburn's best by far.

Deborah Kerr in THE INNOCENTS.

Judy Davis in ME AND MY SHADOW with HIGH TIDE a close second.

Love Weaver in the ALlEN films, but think she's even better in A MAP OF THE WORLD.

Robert Redford in THE CANDIDATE.

Alfre Woodard in PASSION FISH (haven't seen CLEMENCY yet).

Angela Bassett in WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT.

Audrey Hepburn in THE NUN'S STORY.

by Anonymousreply 2205/05/2020

Sigourney Weaver - Death and the Maiden

Glenn Close - Fatal Attraction and Dangerous Liaisons

Carol Kane - Hester Street

by Anonymousreply 2305/05/2020

OP here.... "I think LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is Katharine Hepburn's best by far."

I chose Philadelphia Story but only by a hair. Long Days was so grueling I could never watch it a second time.

Sigourney was brilliant in both Maps and Maiden. Those were the two I had alluded to.

For Glenn, it was also Dangerous over Fatal by a hair. I chose Dangerous because of how they butchered her performance at the end of Fatal, (which Glenn, herself, hated!). And she had that tremendous final scene in Dangerous.

by Anonymousreply 2405/05/2020

R22 Audrey Hepburn for The Nun's Story?

OK, let the hate begin: I don't think Audrey Hepburn deserved an award for anything. She had a beautiful face, big doe eyes, and a skinny model body. She was truly like a mannequin, no body movement whatsoever.

Children's Hour with Shirley MacLaine and James Garner could have been a great movie except for Audrey's casting.

by Anonymousreply 2505/05/2020

Linda Lavin Manhattan Night

by Anonymousreply 2605/05/2020

Al Pacino, Dog Day Afternoon

Angela Lansbury, The Manchurian Candidate

Gillian Anderson, The House of Mirth

by Anonymousreply 2705/05/2020

John Cazale in ANY of his roles: The Conversation, Deer Hunter, Dog Day Afternoon AND let's not forget Fredo in The Godfather (I and II).

Sad that his career was cut short; he was great in the few films he appeared in.

by Anonymousreply 2805/05/2020

R28, he was great but you’re not going along with the OP’s premise. Pick one.

by Anonymousreply 2905/05/2020

Kathleen Turner for "Serial Mom"

by Anonymousreply 3005/05/2020

Don't agree at all with Rosalind Russell for "Auntie Mame." She must have been wonderful on stage in the role, but in the film she projects too big (as if she were still on stage), and she's clearly got all the little live stage performing rhythms down that get rid of a lot of the spontaneity of her performance.

I think she's MUCH better (and much fresher) in comedy in "His Girl Friday." But my favorite of all her roles might be as the sensitive, quiet paaid companion in "Night Must Fall," a dramatic role.

by Anonymousreply 3105/05/2020

R29 You are correct; I'm didn't play fairly. I'll go with John Cazale's performance in Dog Day Afternoon as his best performance.

by Anonymousreply 3205/05/2020

Peter O'Toole - Becket

by Anonymousreply 3305/05/2020

My Katharine Hepburn choice would be "Alice Adams"

by Anonymousreply 3405/05/2020

Joan Allen -- "The Ice Storm"

Michelle Pfeiffer -- "Married to the Mob"

by Anonymousreply 3505/05/2020

Bette Davis -- The Letter

Barbara Stanwyck -- The Bitter Tea of General Yen

Margaret Sullavan -- The Good Fairy

Ida Lupino -- The Hard Way

Teresa Wright -- Shadow of a Doubt

by Anonymousreply 3605/05/2020

Yvonne Mitchell, probably best known as being the nasty nun to the angelic Lilli Palmer in Conspiracy of Hearts,. She quite broke mine in Woman in a Dressing Gown. I

by Anonymousreply 3705/05/2020

Geena Davis - The Accidental Tourist

John Travolta - Saturday Night Fever

by Anonymousreply 3805/05/2020

I think Bette Davis was best in “The Little Foxes”. William Wyler got an excellent performance out of her without all those mannerisms that she’s known for.

Mae West in “Klondike Annie” Which gave Mae a chance to be dramatic and humorous.

Katherine Hepburn in “Summertime”.

Greta Garbo in “Anna Christie”, “Queen Christina”, “Camille” and “Ninotchka”.

Vivien Leigh in “GWTW”, “That Hamilton Woman”, “Waterloo Bridge”, and “Streetcar Named Désire”

Tallulah Bankhead in “Lifeboat” and “A Royal Scandal”.

Gloria Swanson in “SB”

Greer Garson in “Random Harvest” and “Mrs. Miniver”

Lana Turner in “The Postman Always Rings Twice”

Jeanne Eagles in “The Letter”.

Dame Edith Evans in “The Importance Of Being Earnest” and “The Nun Story”.

Norma Shearer in “Escape”, “The Barretts Of Wimple Street”, “Marie Antoinette”, “Romeo And Juliet”

Joan Crawford in “Grand Hotel” and “Possessed” 1940’s.

Judy Garland in “The Clock”, “Meet Me In St. Louis”, “ASIB”.

Olivia De Haviland in “Light In The Piazza”, “To Each His Own”, and “The Heiress”.

Jean Harlow in “Dinner At Eight” and “Red Dust”.

by Anonymousreply 3905/05/2020

OP Here: R27 - Great choices. For Pacino, I was debating between Dog Day and Godfather II, but you made up my mind. I haven't seen enough of Lansbury or Gillian A, but I saw those two performances and agree they were great.

For Audrey Hepburn, I'd go with Wait Until Dark, although Breakfast at Tiffany's was her most iconic,

by Anonymousreply 4005/05/2020

Agnes Moorehead in The Magnificent Ambersons

by Anonymousreply 4105/05/2020

Diane Keaton - Subway Child

Julia Roberts - Normal Heart

Jessica Chastain - Moulin Rouge!

by Anonymousreply 4205/05/2020

Peter Sellers - Being There

by Anonymousreply 4305/05/2020

Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback

Guy Pearce, L.A. Confidential

Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis

by Anonymousreply 4405/05/2020

R32 Good answer! It's what I was thinking, just a shade over The Godfathers. I believe his part in DDA was originally written for an 18yr old - (based on the real person) - but Pacino was buddies with Cazale and insisted he be considered. The meeting/audition blew Sidney Lumet away so he went with him.

For those not in the know. Cazale was only in 5 movies before his untimely death. Every single one got a Best Picture Nomination! Pretty amazing.

Curious, did any Italian Mamas and Papas name their sons "Fredo" after 1974? That names has such a negative connotation now, It'd be interesting to know.

by Anonymousreply 4505/05/2020

"Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback"

Absolutely! I bet a lot of DL'ers would agree!

by Anonymousreply 4605/05/2020

Diane Keaton - Annie Hall (Yeah, she was great in Goodbar, Shoot the Moon and many others, but no other actress could have played Annie Hall!).

R42 Subway Child???? Please fill us in.

by Anonymousreply 4705/05/2020

George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air.

by Anonymousreply 4805/05/2020

George Clooney - Up in the Air... Absolutely!!

by Anonymousreply 4905/05/2020

Jennifer Aniston - Cake

by Anonymousreply 5005/05/2020

Nicole Kidman, To Die For

by Anonymousreply 5105/05/2020

All four main actors in sex, lies, and videotape.

by Anonymousreply 5205/05/2020

R50 Agreed.

R51 My favorite Nicole performance was Birth. I didn't list it because so few people have seen it. Did you? (my second choice might be Big Little Lies).

by Anonymousreply 5305/05/2020

R53, no, I haven’t that yet, but I’ve heard she’s great in it.

by Anonymousreply 5405/05/2020

Bette Davis has a raft of immortal performances, but The Letter is my pick.

Meryl Streep, The Dingo Ate My Baby

Charlize Theron, Young Adult

Nicole Kidman, To Die For

Sean Penn, Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Denise Richards, Drop Dead Gorgeous (perhaps her only good performance)

Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Emma Stone, Easy A

Isabelle Huppert, La Pianiste

Tom Cruise, Risky Business

Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, Midnight Cowboy

Jane Fonda, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Faye Dunaway, Network

Marlon Brando, The Godfather

Robert DeNiro, The Godfather Part II

Winona Ryder, The Age of Innocence

Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot

Elizabeth Taylor, announcing "Glaaaaadiator" at the Golden Globes

by Anonymousreply 5505/05/2020

I feel that this performance is so far under the radar that it's almost subterranean. I can't argue with any/many of the choices above, but Mare Winningham in "Love is Never Silent" gave the greatest performance on television ever. Bar none, and not even Streep, Redgrave, McDormand, et al. can top this.

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by Anonymousreply 5605/05/2020

The only award worthy performance Val Kilmer ever had was in Tombstone.

Also Joaquin Phoenix should have got one for Gladiator. I’m glad he got it for Joker but he’s deserved it for much longer.

by Anonymousreply 5705/05/2020

AnnaLynn McCord - Excision

I've never seen her in anything else, but I can't believe she could top this. No major awards or nominations though.

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by Anonymousreply 5905/05/2020

Shirley MacLaine - Terms of Endearment; Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain; Susan Hayward - I'll Cry Tomorrow; Donald Sutherland - Ordinary People/Day Of The Locust (tie); Doris Day - Love Me Or Leave Me; Jack Lemmon - Days Of Wine And Roses/Some Like It Hot (tie); Judi Dench - Philomena; Richard Burton - Virginia Woolf; Ellen Burstyn - Requiem For A Dream; Robin Williams - The Fisher King

by Anonymousreply 6005/05/2020

Rod Taylor in The Time Machine

Montgomery Clift in The Search

Alec Guinness in Kind Hearts and Coronets

Gloria Grahame in The Man Who Never Was

Lilli Palmer in The Counterfeit Traitor

Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia

Ronald Colman in Lost Horizon

Juliet Stevenson in Truly, Madly, Deeply

Dana Andrews in The Best Years of Our Lives

Julie Christie in Billy Liar

by Anonymousreply 6105/05/2020

R45 Another bit of trivia on John Cazale: He and Meryl Streep were 'the couple' on the stage and she nursed him through his illness. When he died, she claimed heartbreak and no one doubted it.

by Anonymousreply 6205/05/2020

R6w why did she get married so quickly after that though? Knowing how people normally grieve that’s always been so odd to me.

R47 yes I want to know what that’s all about too.

by Anonymousreply 6305/05/2020

Jodie Foster - The Accused

I loved her in Silence of the Lambs when it came out, but watching it recently, her facial tics; all her mannerisms, seemed very studied and deliberate. I couldn't stand her.

by Anonymousreply 6405/05/2020

Gene Wilder, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by Anonymousreply 6505/05/2020

Julianne Moore - The End of the Affair, (seriously)

by Anonymousreply 6605/05/2020

R63 Theory is she rebounded after Cazale's death. But it's not unusual for caregivers to develop other relationships while caring for a spouse/lover. They stay with their ill loved one until the end out of loyalty. Maybe that was Meryl's motivation - loyalty and love to John. Either scenario makes sense.

by Anonymousreply 6705/05/2020

R67 It's explained in this bio released in 2016. I also saw it discussed in some thread awhile back, (not a Meryl thread).

Where is M when you need her?

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by Anonymousreply 6805/05/2020

R68 lol at the title — a DLer must have written it.

by Anonymousreply 6905/05/2020

[quote]Angela Lansbury, The Manchurian Candidate

Agreed. Lansbury gave a chilling depiction of evil in that one.

Miles away from Jessica Fletcher.

by Anonymousreply 7005/06/2020

Chrissy Metz: The Karen Carpenter Story

Jessica Simpson: The Life and Times of Madame Curie

Faye Dunaway: Little Homosexual Boy: The Awakening

Bill Cosby: Fading In and Out of Consciousness

Kevin Spacey: Boys Dont Cry

Queen Latifah: Hiding in Plain Sight

Madonna: Joy Luck Club

Whitney Houston: Free: Based on a True Story

by Anonymousreply 7105/06/2020

Uma Thurman in Jennifer 8. She deserved an Oscar for that.

by Anonymousreply 7205/06/2020

Glenda Jackson in ELIZABETH R.

Vanessa Redgrave in ISADORA.

Julie Christie in AWAY FROM HER.

by Anonymousreply 7305/06/2020

Anjelica Huston - The Grifters

by Anonymousreply 7405/06/2020

Julianne Moore for Magnolia, or even I’ll take it for Far from Heaven, Safe or Boogie Nights over what she actually got the Oscar for in the end.

by Anonymousreply 7505/07/2020

Humphrey Bogart - The Maltese Falcon or Casablanca. I'd guess that the African Queen was fun for him, being so different from the roles he'd been playing, but it was nowhere near his best performance.

by Anonymousreply 7605/07/2020

Mia Farrow in "Rosemary's Baby".

by Anonymousreply 7705/07/2020

Agnes Moorehead - The Magnificent Ambersons

Russell Crowe - The Insider

Tom Cruise - Jerry Maguire

Sissy Spacek - Carrie & In the Bedroom

Vanessa Redgrave - The Bostonians

Joan Fontaine - Letter from an Unknown Woman

Gene Tierney - Leave Her to Heaven

Tyrone Power - Nightmare Alley

Sally Hawkins - The Shape of Water

Viola Davis - The Help

by Anonymousreply 7805/07/2020

Thanks R78. I was just coming here to argue that Russell Crowe was best in The Insider.

by Anonymousreply 7905/07/2020

Tom Cruise — Rain Man.

by Anonymousreply 8005/07/2020

So we still don't know what Subway Child was...

by Anonymousreply 8105/08/2020

[quote]Humphrey Bogart - The Maltese Falcon or Casablanca. I'd guess that the African Queen was fun for him, being so different from the roles he'd been playing, but it was nowhere near his best performance.

How come Bogart won the Oscar for 'The African Queen' over Marlon Brando for 'A Streetcar Named Desire'?

by Anonymousreply 8205/08/2020

Already mentioned but I’ll put in another vote for Ellen Burstyn in Requiem For A Dream.

by Anonymousreply 8305/08/2020

Another vote for Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia.

Alicia Vikander in “Ex Machina”

by Anonymousreply 8405/08/2020

R82, because Bogie was the respected, overdue veteran and Brando was the cocky upstart. An Oscar tale as old as time.

by Anonymousreply 8505/08/2020

Faye Dunaway - Mommie Dearest.

Truly an astonishing performance! And yes, for me, over her superb performances in Network and Chinatown. Worthy not despite all the flaws and camp elements, but because of them. It might not have been the performance and movie originally intended, but a work of art nonetheless!

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by Anonymousreply 8705/09/2020

Jennifer Connelly - Requiem for a Dream

Catherine Zeta Jones - Traffic

Kate Winslet - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

by Anonymousreply 8805/09/2020

Faye is correct about why Mommie Dearest is taken as camp--it didn't have the right director. It needed someone to reign the movie in at the right moments and that just never happened. Faye succeeds in spite of the movie, not because of it.

by Anonymousreply 8905/09/2020

Nicole Kidman--Eyes Wide Shut. I know lots of people feel she is cold but I think she does very well in the right role.

by Anonymousreply 9005/09/2020

Deborah Kerr--The Others. Such a fantastic performance that manages to be true to the Henry James short story, "Turn of the Screw". She manages to inspire both suspicion and empathy right until the very end.

Robert De Niro--Taxi Driver. Raging Bull is amazingly overrated and his performance in that one is so one-note.

Jimmy Stewart--Vertigo. Hitchcock knew how to turn his good-boy persona upside down.

Naomi Watts--Mulholland Drive.

Sheryl Lee--Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

Catherine Deneuve--Repulsion. In real life, I doubt Catherine has any trouble getting laid and being sexually free but she did a good job of convincing me otherwise in this movie.

by Anonymousreply 9105/09/2020

Meryl Streep - A Cry In The Dark

by Anonymousreply 9205/09/2020

Winona was miscast horribly in The Age of Innocence. She is not a convincing actor. Her best performance in Heathers is much better.

by Anonymousreply 9305/09/2020

Bette Davis - The Letter

Gloria Grahame - In a Lonely Place

Humphrey Bogart - In a Lonely Place

Susan Hayward - Smash-Up

by Anonymousreply 9405/09/2020

Whoopi Goldberg - The Color Purple.

A truly stunning performance.

by Anonymousreply 9505/09/2020

Agree with R75 100 percent.

by Anonymousreply 9605/09/2020

Nicole Kidman - The Others

by Anonymousreply 9705/09/2020

Teenage Ingenue Catherine Zeta-Jones as Lolita

by Anonymousreply 9805/09/2020

Winona Ryder - Little Women

by Anonymousreply 9905/09/2020

Tom Hardy - "Legend" - a dual role in which he played the infamous Kray twins. A brilliant performance.

I realize it was a "foreign" film and ineligible for an acting Oscar nomination, but Hardy deserves a nod for his portrayal(s) here alongside his peers.

by Anonymousreply 10005/09/2020

Foreign films are eligible for the acting awards

by Anonymousreply 10105/09/2020

Another vote for Streep in "The Dingo Ate My Baby".

by Anonymousreply 10205/09/2020

Thanks R102 I do actually think it's one of the best ever performances by an actor. She nailed why the media went after her and in the private scenes she really conveyed how devastated and vulnerable Lindy Chamberlain must have been.

by Anonymousreply 10305/09/2020

Jessica Biel in The Sinner. Only time I liked her in anything.

by Anonymousreply 10405/09/2020

Meryl Streep - Out of Africa Robin Williams - The Fisher King (Popeye gets honorable mention) Dustin Hoffman - Rain Man or Midnight Cowboy (Papillon gets honorable mention) Joe Pesci - Goodfellas Al Pacino - Dog Day Afternoon Jack Nicholson - The Shining Oprah Winfrey - The Color Purple Jimmy Stewart - Its A Wonderful Life Bette Davis - Now Voyager James Cagney - Any movie Humphrey Bogart - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

by Anonymousreply 10505/09/2020

Gwyneth Paltrow - Proof

by Anonymousreply 10605/09/2020

Dennis Quaid - Far From Heaven

Olivia de Havilland - The Heiress

Clark Gable - The Misfits

by Anonymousreply 10705/09/2020

Nicole Kidman in To Die For definitely.

Laura Dern in Enlightened. Such a great character and you can tell she's living an actor's dream trying to bring her to life.

by Anonymousreply 10805/09/2020

R108 I might agree, but I challenge with Citizen Ruth.

by Anonymousreply 10905/09/2020

Another vote for Lana Turner in "The Postman Always Rings Twice", and for Nicole Kidman in "To Die For"

Vanessa Redgrave - "Isadora" (Jesus that scene where she writes out, drunk and weeping, what happened to her children . . .)

Robert Newton - Bill Sykes in David Lean's "Oliver Twist"

Anton Wolbrook - Lermontov in "The Red Shoes"

Richard Burton - "Look Back in Anger"/"Beckett"

David Warner - "Morgan"

Michael Caine - "Alfie"

Audrey Hepburn - "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Cat - "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Robert Mitchum: Max Cady in "Cape Fear", with a close second as the middle-aged husband, Charles Shaughnessy

Gregory Peck: "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Joaquin Phoenix: "Gladiator" and "Walk the Line"

Mel Gibson: "The Year of Living Dangerously"

by Anonymousreply 11005/09/2020

^*Robert Mitchum: Max Cady in "Cape Fear", with a close second as the middle-aged husband, Charles Shaughnessy, in "Ryan's Daughter" (forgot to type in the movie title"

by Anonymousreply 11105/09/2020

R100 - Hardy was brilliant in "Legend" but frankly the film in which he really blew me away was much quieter: "The Drop" - was also James Gandolfini's last film performance, and died at the box office, which is too bad, as Hardy was utterly fantastic as the inarticulate Brooklyn barkeep, channeling, in the most respectful way, Brando's Terry Malloy.

Speaking of Brando:

Terry Malloy - "On the Waterfront"

by Anonymousreply 11205/09/2020

R91. Do you mean “The Innocents”?

by Anonymousreply 11305/09/2020

Julie Christie - "Darling"

James Cagney - "The Roaring Twenties"

Mary Astor - Brigid O'Shaughnessy, "The Maltese Falcon" with a close second as Edith Cortwright in "Dodsworth"

Ruth Chatterton - Fran Dodsworth in "Dodsworth" ("He's gone ashore! He's gone ashore!")

Joseph Cotten - Uncle Charlie - "Shadow of a Doubt"

by Anonymousreply 11405/09/2020

R113, DOH! That is exactly what I meant. Deborah Kerr was amazing in The Innocents. I watched The Others two days ago and was probably thinking about it when I typed that.

by Anonymousreply 11505/09/2020

Thelma Ritter for anything she was nominated for.

by Anonymousreply 11605/09/2020

Kevin Spacey - Swimming with Sharks

Kristen Wiig - Welcome to Me

Matt Dillon - Drugstore Cowboy

Jason Patric - Narc

Ray Liotta - Narc

James Cagney - Yankee Doodle Dandy

Laura Dern - Smooth Talk

Gina Gershon - Showgirls

by Anonymousreply 11705/09/2020

Boris Karloff - "The Body Snatcher:" A monster without makeup.

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by Anonymousreply 11805/09/2020

I actually think Audrey Hepburn’s best performance was in Two for the Road.

by Anonymousreply 11905/10/2020

Streep in "Sophie's Choice"

by Anonymousreply 12005/10/2020

Babs in "Up the Sandbox".

by Anonymousreply 12105/10/2020

Pazuzu in “The Exorcist”

by Anonymousreply 12205/10/2020

Albert Finney - "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" (sex on legs)

Photo Finish: "Shoot the Moon" and "The Dresser" and "Tom Jones'

by Anonymousreply 12305/10/2020

Daniel Craig - "Love is the Devil" - George Dyer, Francis Bacon's working-class lover.

Photo finish: "The Road to Perdition" as Newman's psycho son, Conor Rooney, and Georgie Peacock in "Our Friends in the North"

by Anonymousreply 12405/10/2020

Edward Norton, "25th Hour"

by Anonymousreply 12505/10/2020

R125 I think Ed Norton right out of the gate with Presumed Innocent was a career defining performance.

by Anonymousreply 12605/10/2020

Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream. The best acting in the entire movie. She deserved an Oscar (which she lost).

by Anonymousreply 12705/10/2020

R126, do you mean Primal Fear? He was terrific in that.

by Anonymousreply 12805/10/2020

R126 R128 - Thanks, I forgot that one . . .


by Anonymousreply 12905/10/2020

Reese Witherspoon - Election

So good that even today, people insist she was playing herself. Yeah, I know about the unfortunate arrest when she pulled out the old "Don't you know who I am?", but even she was embarrassed about it.

I had a friend who worked for her agent. He said she was very professional, a little curt at times, but always respectful, very friendly on occasion, and really nothing at all like Tracy Flick.

by Anonymousreply 13005/10/2020

R130 I guess when they make the musical of Reese’s life, the big number before intermission will be called “Don’t you know who I am?” featuring a drunk, slurring Reese confronting a police officer and landing in jail.

by Anonymousreply 13105/10/2020

R132 Played by Alicia Silverstone, of course - (trying to get her career back after Reese jumped in and stole it).

by Anonymousreply 13205/10/2020

Melissa McCarthy - Can You Ever Forgive Me? (of course!) - but for me, Spy is really, really close. I so loved her in that movie!

by Anonymousreply 13305/10/2020

R130, I think it's because Witherspoon is intelligent enough and known to be a pushy, Type A, entitled, Southern white princess type, PITA that most people think she and Tracy Flick are more or less the same person.

by Anonymousreply 13405/10/2020

Tim Conway, "The Private Eyes"

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John C. Riley - "Chicago"

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R112: Yes, we have to give the devil his due, too, when it comes to Tom Hardy's performance in "The Drop": fine story, ensemble cast and a dog character to boot!

Hardy rarely delivers less than his best.

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Cazale didn't have much range in the movies (all of them) that I've seen.

Love him, but all the characters were basically the same, just in Dog Day Afternoon he was the non-verbal version of the others.

by Anonymousreply 13805/11/2020

Cate Blanchett - Carol (though Blue Jasmine was a very worthy win)

Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech

Colin Firth - A Single Man

Paul Newman - Hud or The Hustler (take your pick)

Vanessa Redgrave - The Bostonians

Goldie Hawn - Shampoo

by Anonymousreply 13905/11/2020

Faye Dunaway - Puzzle of a Downfall Child

Jill Clayburgh - Starting Over

Diane Keaton - Looking or Mr. Goodbar

Meryl Streep - Plenty

Glenda Jackson - Hedda

Kim Stanley - Seance on a Wet Afternoon

Sandy Dennis - Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean

Karen Black - The Day of the Locust

by Anonymousreply 14005/11/2020

^ Damn it forgot

Jessical Lange - Music Box

by Anonymousreply 14105/11/2020

Cher is great in Moonstruck but I think she's even better in Suspect.

by Anonymousreply 14205/12/2020

Kurt Russell - "Silkwood"

He and Cher toasted Streep, in my opinion.

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Viggo Mortensen - Freud in "A Dangerous Method"

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Ingrid Bergman - was going to say Notorious from her movies I have seen, but have never seen Autumn Sonata which is often listed as her best performance.

I recently watched Casablanca, and really noticed this time Bogart's performance. He really did have a number of reaction shots that were quite good. There was a bit of subtly and subtext mixed in with the normal Bogie persona. Bergman was good as well, but don't think it was her most challenging role. That was one well-cast movie down to every bit part.

by Anonymousreply 14505/12/2020

Bill Murray - Groundhog Day. Kind of ignored when the movie was originally released, now considered iconic and one of the greatest male performances in a comedy of all time.

by Anonymousreply 14605/12/2020

Claude Rains - "The Invisible Man"

Photo finish - Alexander Sebastian in "Notorious" ("Mother, I'm married to an American agent.")

by Anonymousreply 14705/12/2020

James Mason - Johnny McQueen in "Odd Man Out"

Photo finish: Brutus in the Joseph Mankiewicz "Julius Caesar" and Humbert Humbert in "Lolita"

Honourable mention: Nicholas in "The Seventh Veil"

by Anonymousreply 14805/12/2020

Bergman is very good in NOTORIOUS, but you should see SONATA as she really knocks it out of the park in that film.

by Anonymousreply 14905/12/2020

G in the 2019 Oscars. Killed it.

by Anonymousreply 15005/12/2020

Joe DeRita in "The Three Stooges Meet Hercules"

by Anonymousreply 15105/13/2020

Miss Shelley Winters in "Lolita."

by Anonymousreply 15205/13/2020

R152 Maybe. But I'd also consider A Place in the Sun and A Patch of Blue.

by Anonymousreply 15305/13/2020

R152 yep. Also love her to pieces in Poseidon Adventure.

by Anonymousreply 15405/14/2020

I like JLaw a lot, but like Ed Norton before her first performance was the best because it was like is this some real hillbilly they got?

by Anonymousreply 15505/14/2020

I'm fascinated by Zane Buzby

Didn't work often (directed a lot of tv sitcoms)

But not just one, but TWO of her roles are imprinted on my brain for all time

1. Mouling Jackson from Americathon

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2 Delores Salk in National Lampoon's Class Reunion

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by Anonymousreply 15705/14/2020

Rover Phoenix in My Own Private Idaho. It was such a stunning performance, especially for a 21 year old.

by Anonymousreply 15805/14/2020

R143 - Winters was a B-list blonde sexy actress type when she got that role in "A Place in the Sun". She may not have been a great beauty like Taylor, but she was plenty attractive and had fucked quite a few of the most fetching men in the business, including Burt Lancaster.

George Stevens insisted that her looks be played down and left her with almost no makeup on. When she saw the rushes, Winters cried at how she looked and begged Stevens to let her have some makeup to relieve how plain she looked. Stevens refused and said that in the end, Winters would thank him.

She got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and it stands as probably her best dramatic performance, and she more than held her own with Clift in their scenes (and he was already prettier than she was, anyway). Winters said later that although it was painful to watch, Stevens was right.

by Anonymousreply 15905/14/2020

R149 - Speaking of "Notorious" (my personal favourite of all Hitchcock's films, even more than "Rebecca"), overlooked is veteran stage actor Louis Calherne's small but memorable performance as the American spy chief who sends Bergman into Sebastian's bed in the name of American patriotism without blinking an eye. His hypocritical opportunism is called out by Grant, and is one of the turning points for Grant's character, who ends by despising not only the crypto-fascists, but his own "side", as well. It's one of the things that leant the film more gravitas than a mere spy thriller.

Calherne was the very fine Caesar in the "Julius Caesar" discussed further upthread. I thought his performance in "Notorious" a classic illustration of that old adage about there being no small parts, only small actors.

by Anonymousreply 16005/14/2020

R159 That contradicts her whole dressing down and sitting in his office unnoticed and getting the park. She wanted to go that far.

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by Anonymousreply 16205/14/2020

r143 Totally agree. I never understand people who trash Winters in A Place In The Sun; her character is a simp, and Winters nails it. Those who think it's a love story just because Clift and Taylor are beautiful kinda miss the point that Clift is an amoral user who literally eliminates Winters when she is no longer useful to him.

by Anonymousreply 16305/14/2020

R159 - Winters was actually nominated in the leading actress category - back then it was the studios' decision in which category a performer was placed, regardless of the size of the role. Based on their turns in the respective films they were in, Winters and Thelma Ritter (who was nominated in support for playing - beautifully, of course - the protagonist in The Mating Season) should have swaped categories. In any case, Winters was destined to lose to a Streetcar dame.

by Anonymousreply 16405/14/2020

r163 should be directed to r159, since Cher is not Shelley Winters. But they would be great fun at a drinks party together!

by Anonymousreply 16505/14/2020

Ida Lupino in "Road House".

by Anonymousreply 16605/14/2020

Ashley judd...Double Jeopardy

Jim carry and Kate Winslet in eternal sunshine of the spotless mind.

by Anonymousreply 16705/14/2020

I thought Ruby in Paradise was Ashley Judd's best

by Anonymousreply 16805/14/2020

^ I've never seen. I was 12 when DJ came out lol. will look the movie up though.

by Anonymousreply 16905/14/2020

Jennifer Aniston in The Good Girl.

by Anonymousreply 17005/14/2020

Agree, R169.

Reese Witherspoon's best part was in "Freeway" with "Election a close runner-up.

Early peaks.

by Anonymousreply 17105/14/2020

Freeway is an unsung gem!

by Anonymousreply 17205/14/2020

R170 Was that the one where she was working at a private school?

by Anonymousreply 17305/14/2020

R163 - "Those who think it's a love story just because Clift and Taylor are beautiful kinda miss the point that Clift is an amoral user who literally eliminates Winters when she is no longer useful to him."

It should be noted that the film differs slightly from Dreiser's novel on that very point. In the book, it is made clear that the George let Alice drown to get her out of the way of his marriage to Angela, the beautiful heiress. In the film, they deliberately left this point uncertain in order to make the love story between George more sympathetic, more a victim of shabby American values, and the love between him and Taylor more palatable.

Dreiser based the novel on a true story that took place in 1906, and in his novel it is made absolutely clear that George plans from the outset to bring Alice up to the lake and murder her there. This is left ambiguous in the film, there is no indication that Alice falling out of the boat was anything but accidental, and in the trial it becomes a matter of whether the jury believes he could have saved if he had tried, or simply took advantage of an accident and let her drown, which is a bit different from premeditated murder.

Those final moments as George walks to his execution with that beatific look on his face as he sees nothing but Taylor's beautiful one before him, would have been far less affecting if the audience knew he'd planned to murder Alice all the time.

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by Anonymousreply 17505/16/2020

Barbra Streisand "The Way We Were"

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Laurence Olivier and Jon Fontaine- Rebecca. But they are both still a bit wooden.

by Anonymousreply 17705/16/2020

Faye Dunaway in CHINATOWN gives a flawless performance. It’s the perfect meeting of stressed, beautiful, neurotic actor meets stressed, beautiful, neurotic character.

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[quote]Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback"

[quote]Absolutely! I bet a lot of DL'ers would agree!

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[quote]So we still don't know what Subway Child was...

SUBWAY CHILD is a little known Lifetime Original Movie in which Diane Keaton spots a seemingly homeless woman leave a 10 year old boy on a subway bench one Mothers Day, then dart into a train tunnel.

Keaton follows, and explores the subculture of vagrants living underground. The little boy teaches her the habits and [italic]parlance [/italic] of this grimy underworld inhabited by society’s castoffs.

TWIST: when Keaton at last finds the woman, she turns around... and it is Diane Keaton herself! Our heroine is having a psychotic break from giving her son up for adoption a decade ago! The Mothers Day holiday has triggered it all.

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R181 Is this real or fan fiction?

by Anonymousreply 18205/16/2020

Julia Roberts in Closer

by Anonymousreply 18305/16/2020

[quote]R181 Is this real or fan fiction?

Well, it’s what I [italic]heard.[/italic]

Comments welcome from anyone who saw SUBWAY CHILD. (Think it only aired once?)

by Anonymousreply 18405/16/2020

Subway Child should be a DL cult classic

by Anonymousreply 18505/16/2020

Mrs Danvers can also be cross-posted to the crazy eyes thread.

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Lisa Kudrow in The Opposite of Sex (at least the New York Film Critics got it right).

by Anonymousreply 18705/17/2020

R187 The same could possibly be said about Christina Ricci.

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Paul Newman - Hud

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by Anonymousreply 191Last Thursday at 11:46 AM

Divine in Female Troube

by Anonymousreply 192Last Saturday at 3:06 AM

Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity.

(Fred McMurray, too. Who would have thought he had quite the sex gene?)

by Anonymousreply 193Last Saturday at 5:45 AM
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