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    • DannyBo
    • By DannyBo 23rd Feb 13, 11:47 PM
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    Greatest Actor/Actress of all time?
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    • 23rd Feb 13, 11:47 PM
    Greatest Actor/Actress of all time? 23rd Feb 13 at 11:47 PM
    In line with the Oscar thread (which i shall be updating hourly) :

    Who is the greatest?

    Statistically Katharine Hepburn (if you gauge it on the Oscars)

    Then again: statistically it's Meryl Streep (nominations)

    Jack Nicholson also has his 3

    Is a hard one, can't really be narrowed down.

    I think Jodie Foster and Leonardo Di Caprio for the 'modern era'

    Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and Marlon Brando for times agone
    Last edited by DannyBo; 23-02-2013 at 11:52 PM. Reason: Smart !!! below me
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    • bylromarha
    • By bylromarha 24th Feb 13, 9:53 PM
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    Morgan Freeman all the way in this house.

    Glenn Close/Helen Mirren for the ladies.
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    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 24th Feb 13, 11:06 PM
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    Another vote for Morgan Freeman.

    And if they carry on as they have started out... Mark Wahlberg, Christof Waltz, Ryan Gosling, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Adrien Brody, Marion Cotillard.
    Last edited by Cornucopia; 24-02-2013 at 11:10 PM.
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    • davsidipp
    • By davsidipp 24th Feb 13, 11:11 PM
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    joan crawford for female,and another for me too morgan freeman,fantastic actor.
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    • DannyBo
    • By DannyBo 24th Feb 13, 11:24 PM
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    Morgan Freeman is in a league if his own... And probably the greatest voice ever. I have vocal chord jealousy.

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    • onlyroz
    • By onlyroz 24th Feb 13, 11:38 PM
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    Forgot about Morgan Freeman. I also think that Jim Carrey is underrated as an actor. The Truman Show was fantastic. I also like John Travolta and Nicholas Cage. Oh and Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Michael Caine (you can tell that The Prestige is one of my favourite films)
    • claire16c
    • By claire16c 25th Feb 13, 12:03 AM
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    I'm unconvinced that Oscars are the best measure of acting talent when there's so much schmoozing behind the scenes.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    Hence why Leonardo DiCaprio is rarely nominated and has never won. The Oscars are a popularity contest.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 25th Feb 13, 12:10 AM
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    The Oscars are a popularity contest.
    Originally posted by claire16c
    Amongst the business moguls and gangstas that run Hollywood - the movie-going public love him!

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    • tesuhoha
    • By tesuhoha 25th Feb 13, 1:55 AM
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    Anthony Hopkins is pretty good and I liked John Thaw. Best of all time would be a hard one to decide on though. Must give it some thought.
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    • Notsosharp
    • By Notsosharp 25th Feb 13, 2:49 AM
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    Mads Mikkelsen -he was fantastic in the Hunt; it took my breath away!

    Christian Bale; been following with him ever since I saw him in Empire of the Sun (we're more or less the same age, that film made a big impression on me).

    Meryl Streep, especially in Sophie's Choice.

    Gregory Peck , it's his voice and presence.

    I like Drew Barrymore and Charlize Theron, she was just Brilliant in Monster!

    Werner Herzog - he's pure, dead brilliant!
    Last edited by Notsosharp; 25-02-2013 at 2:52 AM.

    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 25th Feb 13, 9:30 AM
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    Ian McClellan. How could I have forgotten him!

    He was a wonderful young MacBeth, a menacing Iago, poignant and funny Pozzo, as well as a great visitor in Corrie.
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    • rainbowfairydust
    • By rainbowfairydust 25th Feb 13, 2:22 PM
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    Morgan Freeman, Ian Mckellen, Leonardo DiCaprio & Tom Hanks are all in my top actor list.

    Females - Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Meryl Streep & Marion Coutillard.

    I thought Streep did a very good on the Thatcher film. I am not a fan of maggie thatcher and did my best to have an open mind whilst watching it.
    I still dont like the woman but i thought Streep portrayed her exactly how i remember her.
    • BobQ
    • By BobQ 25th Feb 13, 9:32 PM
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    I didn't see that film as mocking Margaret Thatcher. I thought it was a very honest account of her life.
    Originally posted by sweetme
    I know that others do take that view too. My feeling was that like her or loath her she made her reputation through being strong, dominant and controlling. The film focussed on her declining years, her fragility and dementia. It may be accurate and I agree sympathetic but I did not think it was appropriate to do this to a still living public figure who had led the country so forcefully (albeit in the wrong direction!).
    Last edited by BobQ; 25-02-2013 at 9:34 PM.
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    • tommix
    • By tommix 25th Feb 13, 10:21 PM
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    Rod steiger, Sydney poitier. Malcolm mcdowell, Robert de niro (8 films: Casino, Raging bull, Taxi driver, Mean streets, Goodfellas, Godfather 2, King of comedy and Midnight Run.) He just turns up and goes through the motions these days..Shame.
    Last edited by tommix; 25-02-2013 at 10:28 PM.
    • tommix
    • By tommix 25th Feb 13, 10:26 PM
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    Oh! and Analiese fisher or 'Anal fissure' as she's known in some circles..Probably on account of her role in 'Lord of the rings'.
  • Nicky101
    Brando, De Niro, Pacino, Tracy and Burton of all time
    while guys like day lewis, ed norton and ralph fiennes representing the modern era
    • tommix
    • By tommix 23rd Aug 13, 1:58 PM
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    Big up for Jim Caviezal who played 'Christ' in Mel gibsons 'The Passion of the Christ' Magnificent, totally nailed it.
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    David Cameron and Marion Cotillard
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 23rd Aug 13, 3:00 PM
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    I think Sam Rockwell is great - he always seems to get wonderfully weird films though.

    Best performance: the virtually single-handed Moon.
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