best working film actors

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best working film actors#0
Posted: 9/20/04 at 11:59am
Who are, in your opinion, the best working film actors (male and female)?

For me, I say


Cate Blanchett and
Sir Ben Kingsley
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re: best working film actors#1
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:03pm
Ooh, that's hard. I agree with both of yours, but I'll add:

Meryl Streep
Ian McKellen (who's more of a theater actor but has done magnificent film work as well)
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re: best working film actors#2
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:04pm
There are too many.

I will say the best performance I've seen from a female actress on screen was Emily Watson in Breaking the Waves.
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re: best working film actors#3
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:04pm
I'll add... Natalie Portman.... to that list.
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re: best working film actors#4
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:07pm
really? Natalie Portman? I don't see that.
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re: best working film actors#5
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:10pm
To add:
Tilda Swinton
Daniel Day-Lewis
Vanessa Redgrave
Ralph Fiennes
Susan Sarandon
Johnny Depp
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re: best working film actors#6
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:13pm
Boobs - I have to agree (to a degree) about Natalie Portman - there's something about her that just makes me want to watch her ever move. She's not always the best choice for some roles, but in some instances, she portrays that same vulnerable quality that a young Judy Garland seemed to radiate. I like her a lot.
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re: best working film actors#7
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:17pm
I can't believe nobody has mentioned Julianne Moore yet.
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re: best working film actors#8
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:19pm
Oh Pop you're so right ..love Julianne Moore...she needs an Oscar.

See "Garden State" and you'll know why I said Natalie Portman.
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re: best working film actors#9
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:20pm
Judi Dench
Russell Crowe by virtue of L.A. Confidential
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re: best working film actors#10
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:21pm
John C. Reilly! In 2002 alone he had wonderful performances in The Good Girl, The Gangs of New York, The Hours, and his oscar nominated role in Chicago. Here is a guy that is a true hard working actor with amazing talent, yet isn't shoved in our faces everywhere we turn.
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re: best working film actors#11
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:24pm
Meryl Streep
Julianne Moore
Nicole Kidman
Laura Linney
Jim Broadbent
Emma Thompson
Parker Posey
Judi Dench
Toni Colette
Denzel Washington
Dustin Hoffman
Susan Sarandon
Tim Robbins
Tom Hanks
Kevin Spacey
Anjelica Huston

to name just a few



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re: best working film actors#12
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:24pm
I'll second the nomination of Reilly. :)

And add in...hmm...Angela Lansbury.
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re: best working film actors#13
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:25pm
And I can't believe someone else mentioned Tilda Swinton. This makes me happy. Her talent is quite extraordinary.
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re: best working film actors#14
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:32pm
Some others I like not mentioned yet:
Jeff Bridges
Robert Downey, Jr.
Albert Finney
Ed Harris
Sissy Spacek
Shirley MacLaine
Anne Bancroft

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re: best working film actors#15
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:38pm
Meryl Streep
Julianne Moore
Franka Potente
Holly Hunter
Reese Witherspoon
Emma Thompson
Johnny Depp
Al Pacino
Robert De Niro
Russell Crowe
Tom Hanks

Though I feel Russell Crowe and Tom Hanks are overused, their performances are consistently top-notch.
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re: best working film actors#16
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:41pm
Russell Crowe and top notch, I personally feel, do not belong in the same sentence.
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re: best working film actors#17
Posted: 9/20/04 at 12:56pm
I'd have to add Sean Penn to the list.
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re: best working film actors#18
Posted: 9/20/04 at 1:09pm
popcultureboy - Crowe was flawless in The Insider.
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re: best working film actors#19
Posted: 9/20/04 at 1:11pm
I shall say Julianne Moore and Johnny Depp.
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re: best working film actors#20
Posted: 9/20/04 at 1:17pm
Why does everyone like their respective actors?

I'd have to say Cate and Ben are transformers, and I've always loved anyone who makes their character more important than themselves.
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re: best working film actors#21
Posted: 9/20/04 at 1:32pm
Make fun of me all you want, but I think Leonardo DiCaprio is absolutely brilliant!! And he's not bad to look at either =) He, Christian Bale, and Johnny Depp are the most gifted actors of our time, in my opinion. In the future, look out for Jeremy Sumpter (Peter Pan) because I think that kid is AMAZING!!!

As for females, that's a bit tougher. Claire Danes is my absolute favorite actress of all time, but where the hell is she now?! I also think Kate Winslet is great (yes, i'm a Titanic fan, get over it! =P And, all shop-lifting jokes aside, Winnona Rider is a phenomenal actress.
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re: best working film actors#22
Posted: 9/20/04 at 1:36pm
Claire Danes went off and got herself an education. She has since returned to acting in Igby Goes Down, The Hours, Terminator 3 and is about to tear it up with Billy Crudup in Stage Beauty, which will hopefully result in award recognition for both of them, as they are both magnificent in it.
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re: best working film actors#23
Posted: 9/20/04 at 1:38pm
I agree with everyone's list but I'd also like to add
Alan Rickman (who I love!)
Kevin Kline
and Cate Blanchett



I dont like Johnny Depp--sorry.
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re: best working film actors#24
Posted: 9/20/04 at 1:40pm
Touch - for me it seems to boil down to two things. As an actor, I really appreciate those who show a mastery of the craft. And as a 'creator' in general, I also appreciate those who seem to allow the humanity of their creations to glow - in whatever light they demand to be seen in.

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