Tuesday, January 18, 2011

200 Greatest Performances in Films

200 Greatest Acting Performances in Films
{aa} = Academy Award, aka Oscar®
{127 were academy award winners}

- In alphabetical order -

1. Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine (8 awards)
2. Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice
3. Alan Arkin in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (2 awards)
4. Alec Guinness in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) (6 awards) {aa}
5. Alicia Silverstone in Clueless (1995) (5 awards)
6. Amy Adams in Junebug (2005) (11 awards)
7. Anne Bancroft in The Graduate (1968) (1 award)
8. Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker (4 awards) {aa}
9. Anne Baxter in All About Eve (1950) bw (1 award)
10. Anne Baxter in The Razor’s Edge (2 awards) {aa}
11. Anni-Kristiina Juuso in The Cuckoo (2002) Russia (Russia, 4 awards)
12. Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) (9 awards) {aa}
13. Anthony Quinn in Zorba, The Greek (1 award)
14. Art Carney in Harry and Tonto (2 awards) {aa}
15. Beatrice Straight in Network (1976) {aa}
16. Ben Kingsley in Gandhi (1983) (11 awards) {aa}
17. Benicio Del Toro in Traffic (2000) (19 awards) {aa}
18. Bette Davis in All About Eve (1950) bw (3 awards)
19. Bette Davis in Jezebel (1938) bw {aa}
20. Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

21. Brendan Gleeson in In Bruges (2008)
22. Broderick Crawford in All the King’s Men (3 awards) {aa}
23. Burt Lancaster in Atlantic City (8 awards)
24. Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry (1960) (4 awards) {aa}
25. Burt Lancaster in The Sweet Smell of Success (1957) bw
26. Carey Mulligan in An Education (2009) (14 awards) [photo top]
27. Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (12 awards)
28. Charles Grodin in Midnight Run (1988) (1 award)
29. Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
30. Charlize Theron in Monster (16 awards) {aa}
31. Chris Cooper in Adaptation (17 awards) {aa}
32. Christolph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds (2009) (30/32 awards) {aa}
33. Cicely Tyson in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1 award)
34. Connie Nielsen in Brothers (2004) Denmark (Denmark, 5 awards) [photo rt]
35. Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York (2002) (17 awards)
36. Daniel Day Lewis in My Left Foot (1989) (9 awards) {aa}
37. Dianne Wiest in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) (6 awards) {aa}
38. Dirk Bogarde in The Servant (2 awards)
39. Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy (1969) (3 awards)
40. Edward G. Robinson in A Boy Ten Feet Tall

41. Edward Norton in American History X (1998) (2 awards)
42. Edward Norton in Primal Fear (8 awards)
43. Elizabeth Taylor in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) bw (6 awards) {aa}
44. Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream (2000) (11 awards)
45. Emma Thompson in Howard’s End (12 awards) {aa}
46. Evan Rachel Wood in Thirteen (2005) (4 awards)
47. F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus (1984) (4 awards) {aa}
48. Faye Dunaway in Network (1976) (4 awards) {aa}
49. Fernanda Montenegro in Central Station (1998) Brazil (Brazil) (6 awards)
50. Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland (2006) (24 awards) {aa}

51. Frances McDormand in Fargo (1996) (15 awards) {aa}
52. Freddie Highmore in Finding Neverland (2004) (4 awards)
53. Fredric March in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) bw {aa}
54. Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence (5 awards)
55. Gene Hackman in The Conversation (1974) (2 awards)
56. Gene Hackman in Unforgiven (1992) (9 awards) {aa}
57. Geoffrey Rush in Shine (14 awards){aa}
58. George Burns in The Sunshine Boys (3 awards) {aa}
59. George C. Scott in Patton (1970) (7 awards) {aa}
60. Geraldine Page in The Trip to Bountiful (3 awards) {aa}
61. Giancarlo Giannini in Seven Beauties
62. Glenda Jackson in Women in Love (1970) (5 awards) {aa}
63. Glenn Close in Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
64. Gong Li in To Live (1994) China (China)
65. Greer Garson in Mrs. Miniver (1942) bw {aa}
66. Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) bw (3 awards) {aa}
67. Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense (1999) (16 awards)
68. Harold Russell in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) bw (3 awards) {aa}
69. Helen Mirren in Elizabeth I (4 awards)
70. Helen Mirren in The Queen (30 awards) {aa}
71. Helena Bonham Carter in Wings of the Dove (1997) (12 awards)
72. Henry Fonda in On Golden Pond (5 awards) {aa}
73. Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry (20 awards) {aa}
74. Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby (2004) (13 awards) {aa}
75. Holly Hunter in The Piano (14 awards) {aa}
76. Humphrey Bogart in In a Lonely Place (1950) bw
77. Ida Kaminska in The Shop on Main St. (1965) (1 award)
78. Imelda Staunton in Vera Drake (2004) (16 awards)
79. Jack Albertson in The Subject Was Roses {aa}
80. Jack Lemmon in Mister Roberts (1955) {aa}
81. Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets (1997) (9 awards) {aa}
82. Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces (1970) (1 award)
83. Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) (8 awards) {aa}
84. Jack Palance in City Slickers (1991) (3 awards) {aa}
85. James Earl Jones in The Great White Hope (1970) (1 award)
86. James Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) bw (1 award)
87. Jane Fonda in Klute (1971) (6 awards) {aa}
88. Jane Wyman in Johnny Belinda (3 awards) {aa}
89. Janet McTeer in Tumbleweeds (4 awards)
90. Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men (2007) (22/25 awards) {aa}
91. Jean Hagen in Singin' in the Rain (1952)
92. Jean-Louis Trintignant in The Conformist (1970) Italy
93. Jennifer Connelly in A Beautiful Mind (01) (9 awards) {aa}
94. Jennifer Connelly in Requiem for a Dream (2000)
95. Jeremy Irons in Dead Ringers (1988) (4 awards)
96. Jessica Tandy in Driving Miss Daisy (1989) (6 awards) {aa}
97. Joan Allen in Pleasantville (7 awards)
98. Joanne Woodward in The Three Faces of Eve (4 awards) {aa} [photo lt]
99. Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) (6 awards) {aa} 100. Joe Pesci in Goodfellas (1990) (6 awards) {aa}

101. John Gielgud in Arthur (5 awards) {aa}
102. John Houseman in The Paper Chase (1973) {aa}
103. John Thaw in Goodnight Mister Tom (1998) tv
104. Johnny Depp in Finding Neverland (2004)
105. Jon Voight in Coming Home (6 awards) {aa}
106. Judy Davis in My Brilliant Career (1979) Australia (2 awards)
107. Judy Garland in A Star is Born
108. Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday (1950) bw (3 awards) {aa}
109. Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins (1964) {aa}
110. Julie Christie in Darling (1965) (6 awards) {aa}
111. Kate Winslet in Finding Neverland (2004) (3 awards)
112. Kate Winslet in The Reader (2008) (10 awards) {aa}
113. Katherine Hepburn in On Golden Pond (3 awards) {aa} [photo rt]
114. Katherine Hepburn in Love Among the Ruins (2 awards)
115. Kathy Bates in Misery (3 awards) {aa}
116. Keisha Castle-Hughes in Whale Rider (2003) New Zealand (5 awards)
117. Kevin Kline in A Fish Called Wanda {aa}
118. Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects (1995) {aa}
119. Klaus Maria Brandauer in Mephisto (1981) Hungary (Hungary, 2 awards)
120. Laurence Olivier in Hamlet (7 awards) {aa}
121. Laurence Olivier in Sleuth (2 awards)
122. Linda Hunt in The Year of Living Dangerously (7 awards) {aa}
123. Liv Ullman in The Emigrants (Sweden, 2 awards) [photo lt]
124. Maggie Cheung in In the Mood for Love (2001) Hong Kong (2 awards)
125. Maggie Smith in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (3 awards) {aa}
126. Malcolm MacDowell in A Clockwork Orange (1971)
127. Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Jean of Arc (France)
128. Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose (France, 17 awards) {aa}
129. Marlee Matlin in Children of a Lesser God (2 awards) {aa}
130. Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) bw
131. Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront (1951) bw (3 awards) {aa} [photo top] 132. Max Von Sydow in Pelle the Conqueror (Sweden, 4 awards)
133. Maximilian Schell in Judgment at Nuremberg (3 awards) {aa}
134. Melvyn Douglas in Hud (1964) bw (3 awards) {aa}
135. Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice (8 awards) {aa}
136. Michael Caine in Sleuth (1 award)
137. Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler (14 awards)
138. Morgan Freeman in Driving Miss Daisy (1989) (5 awards)
139. Morgan Freeman in Million Dollar Baby (2004) (4 awards) {aa}
140. Natalie Portman in The Professional (1994) [photo above]
141. Naomi Watts in 21 Grams (10 awards)
142. Nicholas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas (11 awards) {aa}
143. Nicole Kidman in To Die For (9 awards)
144. Nigel Hawthorne in The Madness of King George (1994) (3 awards)
145. Patricia Neal in Hud (1964) bw (5 awards) {aa}
146. Patricia Neal in The Subject Was Roses
147. Paul Giamatti in Sideways (2004) (12 awards)
148. Paul Schofield in A Man For All Seasons (7 awards) {aa}
149. Penelope Cruz in Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008) (13 awards) {aa}
150. Penelope Cruz in Volver (8 awards)

151. Peter Finch in Network (1976) (3 awards) {aa}
152. Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) (4 awards)
153. Peter O’Toole in Venus
154. Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove (1964) bw [photo lt]
155. Peter Ustinov in Topkapi (3 awards) {aa}
156. Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener (2005) (6 awards) {aa}
157. Ralph Feinnes in Schindler's List (1993) bw (7 awards)
158. Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady (1964) (3 awards) {aa}
159. Richard Burton in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) bw (2 awards)
160. Richard Farnsworth in The Grey Fox (1983) (2 awards)
161. Richard Jenkins in The Visitor (2008) (6 awards)
162. Robert De Niro in Once Upon a Time in America (1984) [photo rt]
163. Robert De Niro in Raging Bull (1980) (6 awards) {aa}
164. Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now! (1979) (3 awards)
165. Robert Duvall in Broken Trail (2006) tv (5 awards)
166. Robert Duvall in Tender Mercies (5 awards) {aa}
167. Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter (1955) bw
168. Rod Steiger in In The Heat of the Night (8 awards) {aa}
169. Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame (1958) (2 awards)
170. Rosie Perez in Fearless (1993) (3 awards)
171. Sally Field in Norma Rae (1979) (9 awards) {aa}
172. Sally Field in Sybil (1 award)
173. Sally Kellerman in MASH (2 awards)
174. Salma Hayek in Frida (2 awards)
175. Saiorse Ronan in Atonement (2007) (3 awards)
176. Sean Penn in Mystic River (2003) (13 awards){aa}
177. Shirley McLaine in Terms of Endearment (6 awards) {aa}
178. Sidney Poitier in A Raisin in the Sun (1961) bw
179. Sidse Babett Knudson in After the Wedding (2006) Denmark (2 awards)
180. Sigourney Weaver in Aliens (1986) (1 award)
181. Sissy Spacek in Coal Miner’s Daughter (7 awards) {aa}
182. Sophia Loren in Two Women (7 awards) {aa} [photo lt] 183. Soran Ebrahim in Turtles Can Fly (2004) Iran-Iraq
184. Spencer Tracy in Adam's Rib (1949) bw
185. Stephen Rea in Citizen X (1995) (1 award)
186. Susan Sarandon in Dead Man Walking (5 awards){aa}
187. Tatum O’Neal in Paper Moon (1973) bw (3 awards) {aa}
188. Ted Levine in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
189. Tilda Swinton in Orlando (3 awards)
190. Tom Hanks in Big (1988) (5 awards)
191. Tom Hanks in Philadelphia (5 awards) {aa}
192. Tommy Lee Jones in Executioner’s Song (1 award)
193. Tommy Lee Jones in The Three Buriels of Melquiades Estrada (3 awards)
194. Vanessa Redgrave in Morgan! (1966) bw (1 award – Cannes)
195. Victor McLaghlen in The Informer {aa}
196. Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) bw (5 awards) {aa}
197. Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind (1939) (2 awards) {aa}
198. Walter Matthau in The Fortune Cookie (1966) bw (3 awards) {aa}
199. Walter Matthau in The Sunshine Boys (1 award)
200. Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost (6 awards) {aa}
201. William Holden in Stalag 17 (1953) {aa}
202. William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman (7 awards) {aa}
203. William Powell in Life With Father (1947)
204. You Ge in To Live (1994) China (China) (1 award – Cannes)
205. Ziyi Zhang in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) China (China, 5 awards)
 
Ziyi Zhang, publicity still in costume for The Road Home
Special Mentions for Musical Performances
Antonio Gades in Carmen (1983) Spain (was also the choreographer)
Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago (2002) {aa}
Cyd Charisse in An American In Paris
Donald O’Connor in Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Fred Astaire in Swing Time [photo lt]
Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain (1952)
George Chakiris in West Side Story (1961) {aa}
Gordon McRae in Oklahoma! (1955)
Gregory Hines in Tap
Jack Wild in Oliver! (1967)
James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy {aa}
Joachim Phonix in Walk the Line
Joel Grey in Cabaret {aa}
Liza Minelli in Cabaret {aa}
Moira Shearer in The Red Shoes
Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line
Rene Zellweger in Chicago (2002)
Rita Moreno in West Side Story (1961){aa}

Special Mentions for Child Performances
Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine
Anna Paquin in The Piano {aa} [photo lt]
Cameron Bright in Birth
Evan Rachel Wood in Thirteen
Freddie Bartholomew in Captains Courageous
Freddie Bartholomew in David Copperfield
Freddie Highmore in Finding Neverland (2004)
Haley Joel Osmont in The Sixth Sense (1999)
Hayley Mills in Whistle Down the Wind (1961) bw
Jodie Foster in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1975)
Mary Badham in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) bw
Keisha Castle-Hughes in Whale Rider (2003) New Zealand
Natalie Portman in The Professional (1994)
Nick Robinson in Goodnight Mister Tom (1998) tv
P.J. Johnson in Paper Moon (1973) bw (“for that much money, that woman’d drop her pants in the middle of the road”)
Sebastian Rice-Edwards in Hope and Glory (1987)
Soran Ebrahim in Turtles Can Fly (2004) Iran-Iraq
Tatum O’Neal in Paper Moon (1973) bw {aa}

Awards by actor Includes TV Emmys and ensemble cast awards, and lifetime awards. It does not include humanitarian awards, hasty pudding, honorary, most popular, tributes, and walk of fame stars.

Meryl Streep (84)
Jack Nicholson (67)
Javier Bardem (66) - wow, he's catching up quickly!
Helen Mirren (64, 12 are for tv)
Daniel Day Lewis (61)
Cate Blanchett (58)
Tom Hanks (55)
Dustin Hoffman (48)
Jack Lemmon (46, 4 for tv)
Denzel Washington (46, 7 are black actor awards)
Robert Duvall (43)
Sean Penn (41, not incl. 5 more for director/writer)
Kate Winslet (40)
Liv Ullman (40, 9 are lifetime)
Hilary Swank (39)
Jodie Foster (38)
Judy Davis (38, 11 for tv)
Emma Thompson (38, 12 for writing, all Sense & Sensibility)
Anthony Hopkins (37)
Sophia Loren (37)
Marion Cotillard (36)
Julie Christie (36)
Morgan Freeman (35, 8 are black actor awards)
Maggie Smith (35)
Shirley Maclaine (35, 1 for tv)
Forest Whitaker (33, 5 are black actor awards)
Judi Dench (33)
Frances McDormand (33)
Kevin Spacey (33)
Penelope Cruz (31)
Elizabeth Taylor (31)
Ben Kingsley (30)
Benicio Del Toro (30)
Nicole Kidman (30)
Laurence Olivier (30, 5 for tv)
Susan Sarandon (30)
Robert De Niro (29)
Al Pacino (29)
Gene Hackman (29)
Geoffrey Rush (29)
Paul Giamatti (29)
Joanne Woodward (28)
Naomi Watts (28)
Sissy Spacek (28)
Gregory Peck (28, only 6 for individual films)
Katherine Hepburn (27, 1 for tv)
Jane Fonda (27, 1 for tv)
Al Pacino (27, 6 for tv)
Nicole Kidman (26)
Burt Lancaster (25)
Alec Baldwin (25, 12 for tv)
Halle Berry (24, 7 are black actor awards)
Michael Caine (24)
Alec Guinness (24)
Peter O’Toole (24)
Vanessa Redgrave (24)
Marlon Brando (23, 1 for tv)
Charlize Theron (23)
Helena Bonham Carter (23)
James Stewart (23)
Julie Andrews (23)
Chris Cooper (22)
Paul Newman (22, 3 for tv)
Kathy Bates (22)
Haley Joel Osment (22)
Bette Davis (21)
Tilda Swinton (21)
Gena Rowlands (21)
Joan Allen (21)
Mickey Rourke (21)
Nicholas Cage (21)
Whoopi Goldberg (20, 8 black awards, 6 for tv)
Fernanda Montenegro (20)
Alan Arkin (20)
Rod Steiger (20)
Maximilian Schell (19, 5 are lifetime)
Giancarlo Giannini (19, 4 are lifetime)
Gong Li (19)
Tommy Lee Jones (19)
Glenda Jackson (18)
Imelda Stauntion (18)
Jon Voight (18)
Maggie Cheung (18)
Sally Field (17, 5 for tv)
Cicely Tyson (17, 7 black awards, 12 for tv)
Peter Ustinov (15)
Edward Norton (15)
James Earl Jones (15)
Amy Adams (14)
Anne Bancroft (14)
Leonardo Dicaprio (14)
Faye Dunaway (14)
Glenn Close (14, 8 for tv)
Jeff Bridges (14)
Shabana Azmi (14, India)
Art Carney (13, 7 for tv)
John Gielgud (13)
Ralph Feinnes (13)
George C. Scott (13)
Paul Schofield (13)
Sidney Poitier (13)
John Wayne (13, some were western film awards)
Richard Burton (12)
Henry Fonda (12)
Jennifer Connelly (12)
Sigourney Weaver (12)
Geraldine Page (11)
George Burns (11, 3 were lifetime)
Saiorse Ronan (11)
Walter Matthau (11)
Ziyi Zhang (11)
Patricia Neal (10)
Peter Finch (10)
Nigel Hawthorne (10, 6 for tv)
Melvyn Douglas (9)
Anna Paquin (9)
Jane Wyman (9)
Linda Hunt (9)
Richard Farnsworth (9)
Richard Jenkins (9)
Peter Sellers (9, most for Being There)
Winona Ryder (9)
Fredric March (8)
Spencer Tracy (7)
Rachel Weisz (7)
Rosalind Russell (7)
Vivien Leigh (7)
Evan Rachel Wood (6)
Salma Hayek (6)
Rex Harrison (5)
James Mason (4)
Judy Holliday (3, all for Born Yesterday)

These (and many others) have only their Oscar wins: Walter Brennan (3), Humphrey Bogart (1), Charles Laughton (1), Victor Mclaghlen (1).

Major surprises:
Tom Hanks and Sean Penn have more acting awards than Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, and Robert De Niro.
Kevin Spacey has more than De Niro.
Halle Berry now has more than Sidney Poitier and James Stewart.
Naomi Watts already has as many as Joanne Woodward.
Gregory Peck has more than Katherine Hepburn.
John Wayne has more than Geraldine Page, Fredric March, Peter Finch, and Spencer Tracy (some were westerns only awards).
Dicaprio has one more than John Gielgud, and more than Finch, March, and Tracy.

Obviously, the older actors didn’t have many awards available other than Oscars® - nowdays one performance can win someone 15-20 awards.
Daniel Day Lewis got 18 for Gangs of New York, Carey Mulligan got 15 for An Education; ironically neither won an Oscar for these films.
Forest Whitaker got an astounding 24 for Last King of Scotland.

I only mention the black awards, like “Image” and “BET”, because they are only eligible to a limited number of actors. Denzel, Morgan, and Forest only have to beat out Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence and Ice-T, lol..

I’ll have to admit that I think some Oscars® were a joke. Really, Spencer Tracy’s accent was terrible (he admitted it, his was Jewish, his character was Scandanavian) in Captains Courageous and he was out-acted by child star Freddie Bartholemew.

John Wayne’s for True Grit was obviously a career award. And Tom Hanks? C’mon, man.. he’s always the same – and he has almost as many as Robert De Niro and Gene Hackman put together? Now, that just ain’t right.. good, but not ‘great’ like these others.. However, Big was a comic masterpiece..

Daniel Day Lewis probably had the most awards for one performance, 17 for Gangs of New York without winning the Oscar®. British actress Imelda Stauntion won 16 for Vera Drake but was also snubbed by the academy. Haley Joel Osment also won 16 for The Sixth Sense, but no Oscar®.

The late Paul Newman (27) and his wife Joanne Woodward (28) are just one award apart.

Just to add to the insulting string of Oscar® losses, Peter O’Toole lost all 9 nominations he garnered for “Venus” in 2006, including his 8th Oscar® loss - a record for non-winners. They could have atoned for a lifetime of oversight, but instead gave Denzel Washington his second win.

The most I found for one performance: (gold = Oscar winner)
Christolph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds (2009) (30 awards out of 32 nominations)
Helen Mirren in The Queen (30 awards)
Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland (2006) (24 awards)
Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men (2007) (22 awards out of 25 nominations)
Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry (20 awards)
Benicio Del Toro in Traffic (2000) (19 awards)
Chris Cooper in Adaptation (17 awards)
Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York (2002) (17 awards)
Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose (France, 17 awards)
Charlize Theron in Monster (16 awards)
Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense (1999) (16 awards)
Imelda Staunton in Vera Drake (2004) (16 awards)
Frances McDormand in Fargo (1996) (15 awards)
Carey Mulligan in An Education (2009) (14 awards)
Geoffrey Rush in Shine (14 awards)
Holly Hunter in The Piano (14 awards)
Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler (14 awards)
Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby (2004) (13 awards)
Penelope Cruz in Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008) (13 awards)
Sean Penn in Mystic River (2003) (13 awards)
Emma Thompson in Howard’s End (12 awards)
Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (12 awards)
Helena Bonham Carter in Wings of the Dove (12 awards)
Amy Adams in Junebug (2005) (11 awards)
Ben Kingsley in Gandhi (1983) (11 awards)
Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream (2000) (11 awards)
Nicholas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas (11 awards)


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are these in order?Seriously flawed if so.Brando's Don Corleone and Streep's Sophie are the two greatest performances by an actor and actress so far in cinema.O'Toole's Lawrence and Pacino's Michael Corleone are not far behind.Nicholson's McMurphy also.Blanchett and Day-Lewis are the best of today's generation.

Jose Sinclair said...

at the top it says "in alphabetical order" - but by first name since I listed them that way rather than film them to read "O'toole, Peter" (great name, eh?).. it would be hard to rank these but I may do a top 20-50 one day.. agree with Streep's Sophie, O'toole's Lawrence, Nicholson's McMurphy - would add Liz's Martha, De Niro's Raging Rocky, Irons' psycho twin brothers in Dead Ringers..

Brando I liked more in Waterfront (also Last Tango) - he was really only supporting in GOdfather, wasn't he? - he's a Palooka, hard to believe he's the only major cast member in Streetcar to NOT win an Oscar..

I liked Pacino best in The Merchant of Venice, was less like himself than usual.. he's often 'out of order', but perfect in the two Godfathers, esp Pt II - 'you broke my heart..'

I was also amazed by Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby (she transformed physically onscreen), and Keisha Castle-Hughes in Whale Rider, she was a total amateur (like Natalie Portman in The Professional, also about 12 at the time)

How about D-Day Lewis in My Left Foot and Gangs of New York and There WIll Be Blood?

lotta great ones in history, only a dozen really set themselves apart
.."Your results may vary", lol

- Jose -

Jose Sinclair said...

oops- that comment should read "rather than flip" the names, not "film", lol.. film is imprinted deeply in my subconscious, maybe too deeply..