Top 10 Oscar performances

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    Feb 28, 2012 2:28 AM GMT
    So, inspired by yesterday's Academy Awards, I have put together a list of my Top 10 favourite winners for best performance by an actor/actress in a leading role (in no particular order):

    - Fahrid Murray Abraham in Amadeus, 1984
    - Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose, 2007
    - Sean Pean in Milk, 2008
    - Meryl Streep in Sophie's choice, 1982
    - Tom Hanks in Philadelphia, 1993
    - Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote, 2005
    - Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich, 2000
    - Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets, 1997
    - Geoffrey Rush in Shine, 1996
    - Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady, 2011

    Who would make your Top 10 list? Post video clips of your fave scenes!
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    Feb 28, 2012 4:02 PM GMT
    The part from 4:27 - 6:35 is the reason why Abraham got the Oscar I think. Brilliant.
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    Feb 29, 2012 2:48 AM GMT
    And of course, Ladies and Gentlemen, THIS.
    One of the most touching scenes in the history of motion picture.
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    Feb 29, 2012 5:26 AM GMT
    And... THIS. Beyond. Astounding.
    Embedding disabled, but believe me, you want to click on this link. icon_wink.gif

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ges9hQ6y5c
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    Feb 29, 2012 5:34 AM GMT
    Peter Finch
    Faye Dunaway
    Beatrice Straight

    (all in Network - 1976)

    Beatrice Straight it notable, because her entire part in the whole movie was less than ten minutes of screen time, and it was one scene that got her the award, and deservedly so.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcXIktL55Gw&feature=related
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    Feb 29, 2012 5:39 AM GMT
    Gotta love this too.
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    Feb 29, 2012 5:53 AM GMT
    MeOhMy saidPeter Finch
    Faye Dunaway
    Beatrice Straight

    (all in Network - 1976)

    Beatrice Straight it notable, because her entire part in the whole movie was less than ten minutes of screen time, and it was one scene that got her the award, and deservedly so.

    Embedding was disabled, so, see here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcXIktL55Gw&feature=related

    Oh my, that was great. I just googled her, she was on screen for 5 mins and 40 seconds - and won the award for that. Wow. Haven't seen this film yet. Thanks for the tip!
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    Feb 29, 2012 6:02 AM GMT
    I'm gonna stick with movies I've actually watched:


    Geraldine Page (The Trip to Bountiful)
    Daniel Day Lewis (My Left Foot)
    Kathy Bates (Misery)
    Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
    Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of The Lambs)
    Frances McDormand (Fargo)
    Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck)
    Mo'Nique (Precious)
    Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy)
    Geoffrey Rush (Shine)
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    Feb 29, 2012 6:07 AM GMT
    This is impossible for me to do. Over 100 years of cinema...the list can be pages long.
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    Feb 29, 2012 6:14 AM GMT
    Toscar said
    MeOhMy saidPeter Finch
    Faye Dunaway
    Beatrice Straight

    (all in Network - 1976)

    Beatrice Straight it notable, because her entire part in the whole movie was less than ten minutes of screen time, and it was one scene that got her the award, and deservedly so.

    Embedding was disabled, so, see here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcXIktL55Gw&feature=related

    Oh my, that was great. I just googled her, she was on screen for 5 mins and 40 seconds - and won the award for that. Wow. Haven't seen this film yet. Thanks for the tip!


    Network was the best script ever written, in my opinion, by Paddy Chayefsky, who also won that year for best screenplay. Sidney Lumet directed, and is incredible. The performances are altogether astounding, all of them; the writing and dialogue is out of this world, the direction is impeccable (watch the making of documentary on the DVD, so incredible!)... but, it didn't get Best Picture over Rocky, which was obviously a political decision, as the Oscars often do. Politically controversial movies tend to be overlooked for a "safe" bet. Citizen Kane lost to "How Green Was My Valley," yet Citizen Kane is now listed by AFI as the greatest film ever made. Funny that.

    Network, in it's first scene, literally predicted the entire development of reality TV, and it was so ahead of its time in substance, that it is arguably more relevant today than it was when it was written.

    I have seen it dozens of times, and every time get more. Each scene after the other draws you in, and then you can't look away.

    Obviously, it's my favourite movie.
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    Feb 29, 2012 6:24 AM GMT
    Toscar saidThe part from 4:27 - 6:35 is the reason why Abraham got the Oscar I think. Brilliant.


    Hehe

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    Feb 29, 2012 6:32 AM GMT
    Only choosing 10 is rough. I've got 13:

    Best Actor
    Marlon Brando--On the Waterfront
    Gregory Peck--To Kill a Mockingbird
    Marlon Brando--The Godfather
    Al Pacino--Scent of a Woman
    Tom Hanks--Forrest Gump
    Roberto Benigni--Life is Beautiful
    Sean Penn-Milk
    Jean Dujardin--The Artist

    Best Actress
    Vivien Leigh--Gone with the Wind
    Meryl Streep--Sophie's Choice
    Hillary Swank--Boys Don't Cry
    Hillary Swank--Million Dollar Baby
    Marion Cotillard--La Vie en Rose
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    Feb 29, 2012 6:40 AM GMT
    lindsay lohan...
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    Feb 29, 2012 6:57 AM GMT
    The fact that Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker wasn't even mentioned in here is a crime.
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    Feb 29, 2012 6:59 AM GMT
    Hitm4up saidThe fact that Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker wasn't even mentioned in here is a crime.


    Wrong catagory.

    Heath Ledger's performance would definitely be a top 10 performance...in the "Supporting Actor" catagory.
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    Feb 29, 2012 7:01 AM GMT
    Best actor ever. Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice. When she had to decide between her children.

    Is there a more powerful scene in any movie ever?
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    Feb 29, 2012 7:03 AM GMT
    So many terrific performances, but Nicole Kidman in the hours will forever have hold a special place in my heart.
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    Feb 29, 2012 7:06 AM GMT
    TrentGrad said
    Hitm4up saidThe fact that Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker wasn't even mentioned in here is a crime.


    Wrong catagory.

    Heath Ledger's performance would definitely be a top 10 performance...in the "Supporting Actor" catagory.


    Whoops! that would explain it, was too sleepy to catch that lol. I still think he should qualify though. Considering as a "supporting actor" he stole the show from Christian Bale the "pseudo lead actor"
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    Feb 29, 2012 8:32 AM GMT
    i don't think you can create a list where 1982 is the furthest back it goes... i mean jack nicholson was better in his other two oscars than he was in as good as it gets. what you're really saying is... here is what i think are the top 10 best oscar performances of the films i've seens that were made around the time i've been alive.
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    Feb 29, 2012 9:28 AM GMT
    List of my favorite performances , that won or should've won or should've been nominated and won

    Best Supporting Actor:

    Leonardo DiCaprio What's Eating Gilbert Grape Arnie Grape (should've won)

    Jude Law The Talented Mr. Ripley Dickie Greenleaf (should've won)

    Willem Dafoe Shadow of the Vampire Max Schreck (should've won)

    Clive Owen Closer Larry Gray (should've won)

    Heath Ledger (posthumous win) The Dark Knight The Joker

    Best Actor:

    Jack Nicholson One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Randle Patrick McMurphy

    Sylvester Stallone Rocky Rocky Balboa (should've won)

    Robert De Niro Raging Bull Jake LaMotta

    Dustin Hoffman Rain Man Raymond Babbitt

    Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs Hannibal Lecter

    Tom Hanks Philadelphia Andrew Beckett

    Morgan Freeman The Shawshank Redemption Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (should've won)

    Edward Norton American History X Derek Vinyard (should've won)

    Jason Scott Lee Dragon The Bruce Lee Story (should've won and nominated)

    Michael Fassbender Shame (should've won and nominated)




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    Feb 29, 2012 9:36 AM GMT
    Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

    Whoopi Goldberg The Color Purple Celie Harris Johnson (should've won)

    Kathy Bates Misery Annie Wilkes

    Jodie Foster The Silence of the Lambs Clarice Starling

    Angela Bassett What's Love Got to Do with It Tina Turner (should've won)

    Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena

    Ellen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream Sara Goldfarb (should've won)

    Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby Maggie Fitzgerald

    Meryl Streep Doubt Sister Aloysius Beauvier (should've won)

    Natalie Portman Black Swan Nina Sayers


    Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:

    Margaret Avery The Color Purple Shug Avery (should've won)

    Whoopi Goldberg Ghost Oda Mae Brown

    Anna Paquin The Piano Flora McGrath

    Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction Mia Wallace (should've won)

    Angelina Jolie Girl, Interrupted Lisa Rowe

    Natalie Portman Closer Alice Ayres (should've won)

    Michelle Williams Brokeback Mountain Alma Beers Del Mar (should've won)

    Adriana Barraza Babel Amelia (should've won)

    Ming-Na June - The Daughter (as Ming-Na Wen) Joy Luck Club (should've won nominated)

    Halle Berry (should've won nominated for Losing Isaiah)


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    Feb 29, 2012 5:21 PM GMT
    TrentGrad saidI couldn't make a case on "The Iron Lady" as I've not seen it yet...BUT...I loved Viola Davis in "The Help," and wouldn't have been disappointed if Mark Wahlberg's bogus prediction on that front had come true!

    I haven't seen "The Help" yet but it's high on my list. I've heard Viola Davis is brilliant.
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    Feb 29, 2012 5:26 PM GMT
    MeOhMy saidNetwork was the best script ever written, in my opinion, by Paddy Chayefsky, who also won that year for best screenplay. Sidney Lumet directed, and is incredible. The performances are altogether astounding, all of them; the writing and dialogue is out of this world, the direction is impeccable (watch the making of documentary on the DVD, so incredible!).
    Network, in it's first scene, literally predicted the entire development of reality TV, and it was so ahead of its time in substance, that it is arguably more relevant today than it was when it was written.

    Ok, you got me hooked. I'm totally going to watch this. I've found a few clips on youtube and they left me want to see more. Like this one, it's genius!
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    Feb 29, 2012 5:29 PM GMT
    spud82 saidBest actor ever. Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice. When she had to decide between her children. Is there a more powerful scene in any movie ever?

    Agree. Here:
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    Feb 29, 2012 5:59 PM GMT
    calibro saidi don't think you can create a list where 1982 is the furthest back it goes... i mean jack nicholson was better in his other two oscars than he was in as good as it gets. what you're really saying is... here is what i think are the top 10 best oscar performances of the films i've seens that were made around the time i've been alive.

    Totally agree. It's pretty much exactly what I said in my original post - that these are MY Top 10 Oscar performances. Obviously, they can only come from the films that I've already seen lol, irrespective of when they were made (within my lifetime or not).

    I certainly don't expect everyone to agree with my selection, plus I view my Top 10 list as a living document. I am nowhere close to having seen every single performance that has won the award since 1928, and it's highly likely that my Top 10 selection will change in the future (and not once) based on new films and performances that I'll see and/or changes in my tastes or preferences as I grow and develop as a person.