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Your Favorite and Least Favorite Over-Acting Performances On Film?

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With Daniel Day-Lewis up for an Oscar for what some call the hammiest performance of the year, what are some of your favorite BIG ACTING performances?
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George Clooney in Michael Clayton..i dont think he was over-acting so much, but i do think the film was overrated.

and (even though its not a movie) the guy in CSI MIAMI, David Caruso. talk about over-acting.
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In my opinion, Clooney's worst overacting was in Batman & Robin. Robin Williams overacts all the time, and perhaps the worst ensemble overacting was in Hook.
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Favorites: Faye Dunaway in "Mommie Dearest," Patty Duke and Susan Hayward in "Valley of the Dolls," Bette Davis in "Baby Jane" and "Dead Ringer," Jack Nicholson in "The Shining," the entire cast of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."


Recent Least Favorites: Jude Law & Michael Caine in the "Sleuth" remake.

Other Least Favorites: Carol Burnett in "Annie," Jack Nicholson in "Batman," Diana Ross in "The Wiz," Laurence Olivier in "The Jazz Singer," many others, but those are the ones that instantly came to mind.
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Yes, Faye Dunaway is by the BEST overacting.
My worst would have to be Nicholas Cage in Peggy Sue Got Married. Don't sue.
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Best Over-acting--

John Barrymore in TWENTIETH CENTURY
Margaret Hamilton in THE WIZARD OF OZ

Worst Over-acting---
Rosalind Russell in THE WOMEN
William Hurt in A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
Robert Loggia in LOST HIGHWAY
Kenneth Branagh in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Al Pacino in DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (forgivable, perhaps, as a reaction to being stuck onscreen with Keanu Reeves)
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Gary Oldman in THE FIFTH ELEMENT!
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Some of my faves have already been mentioned, but I must add Diana Scarwid.

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I'm not sure if it could be called over-acting but Glenn Close as Mrs. Farraday in MARY REILLY kills me!
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I love Glenn Close in "101 Dalmations"

it's like Margaret Hamilton reincarnated in fur.
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With Daniel Day-Lewis up for an Oscar for what some call the hammiest performance of the year

It is a grand performance, to be sure. But, "hammy" suggests to me that the performance is mugging without an emotional center. In which case, I would say that is the wrong way to describe his performance.

A controversial choice, but Fiona Shaw in The Black Dahlia is one of the most deliciously deranged pieces of acting I've seen in years. Crazy bitch...
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I love carol burnett in annie! as well as dunaway in mommie dearest and gary oldman in fifth element.

jim carrey constantly amazes me with how far over the top he can go and still be stunning--lemony snickett for one. and speaking of lemony, meryl streep is so fun in it.

elizabeth berkley in showgirls is a scream.
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Dunaway and Scarwid in Dearest, definitely! Lanie Kazan in Beaches, Matt Dillon in The Outsiders (I did it for Johnny!). What about Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal in Love Story? They were terrible yet for some reason I love that movie and love to watch them. Also, Anne Bancroft in Garbo Talks.

Least faves? A recent one is Nicholson in The Departed.
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The worst? Ever? That would have to be Mickey Rooney in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS. With John Leguizamo in MOULIN ROUGE a close second, and Rod Steiger's priceless drama-queen priest in THE AMITYVILLE HORROR a distant third.

Usually I love it when a great actor overacts...sometimes its because they know they're in a crappy film to begin with so they have fun at all costs.

Haven't seen Day-Lewis in THERE WILL BE BLOOD, but given his recent track record with his ridiculous, narcissistic performances in GANGS OF NEW YORK and THE CRUCIBLE (who knew the Eddie Vedder look was so popular in witchtrial-era Salem?) its not out of the question.
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I must agree with Diana Ross for bad overacting. That was just painful.

I think Margaret Hamilton might be my favorite overacting performance.
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Least Favorite - the entire cast of The Lion in Winter

Favorite - the entire cast of Valley of the Dolls

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I have to say I hated Mia Farrow in "The Great Gatsby" and Emma Watson in the third, fourth, and fifth Harry Potter movies.
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Favorite- Meryl Streep in SHE-DEVIL, Catherine Z. Jones in CHICAGO, Toni Collette in MURIEL'S WEDDING, and I agree with Besty re Bette Davis in WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? A master class in overacting while turning in a genius performance on screen.

Least Favorite- Renee Zellweger in COLD MOUNTAIN, Adam Pascal in RENT.
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Favorites: Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest, Joan Crawford in Straitjacket, Sally Field in an Eye for an Eye (even though the movie was predictable), Jane Fonda in The Morning After, Susan Hayward in I Want to Live!

Least Favorite- Bette Midler in Ruthless People, Jack Nicolson in The Departed, Alan ALda in The Four Seasons, Jennifer Lopez in Monster-in-law (if you can even call that any kind of acting)
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