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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:48 PM

I believe a strong argument can be made for this. He has only acted in 28 films total which makes his 3 leading actor Oscars absolutely amazing and he is the only actor to ever win this many leading actor awards at the Oscars. The argument can also be made that he should have won Oscars for his leading roles in Gangs of New York and In the Name of the Father as well.

What are your thoughts on this?
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:51 PM

spencer tracy imo was the greatest actor of all time.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:52 PM

DDL is my favourite, still working, actor. He's certainly up there.

Edited by J.R., 26 February 2013 - 03:52 PM.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:55 PM

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:56 PM

I'm not saying you're wrong. But I wonder, how much of it is the actor, how much of it is the role and how much of it is the director?
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:56 PM

I'm personally a big fan of Hossa's work.


You guys are still talking about this?
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:57 PM


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:58 PM

For me it's between Day-Lewis and Denzel Washington for current actors. I'm not even gonna go into the previous generations.

Edited by hudson bay rules, 26 February 2013 - 03:58 PM.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:59 PM

Agree he so should have won an Oscar for In the Name of the Father.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:59 PM

Well, I love Daniel Day-Lewis, so I'm inclined to agree. Personally, I think he should have won over Adrien Brody in 2002, but Brody was excellent in an Oscar guaranteed role regarding the Holocost. You take Daniel Day-Lewis out of Gangs of New York, and the movie is just not nearly as watchable, which is why I would have given it to him. The same can be said about There Will Be Blood. Though truly superb writing, the film would have been all sorts of snooze had DDL not been involved.

If anyone doubts DDL's ability, watch My Left Foot. That role itself truly separates DDL from all current actors. There are a lot of actors, I assume, that just put in the bare minimum as it's a paycheque, and they're too far gone now to do a "normal" job. It's clear that DDL sees what he does as an art, and not a job.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:00 PM

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:01 PM

I'm a big fan of Hugo Weaving.
The guy has a tremendous body of work if you include voice acting.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:03 PM

Without question the greatest working actor, case could be made for a few past generations actors. However there are still 3 actors that have no academy awards that blow my mind:

Johnny Depp
Leonardo Dicaprio
Julliane Moore

Now, Johnny takes on more comedic/slapstick roles, however his portrayals and dedication is amazing.

*** Christoph Waltz should also be in this discussion, the man now has 2 oscars and has only done a small handful of non television films, but will be a force going forward.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:04 PM

Agree he so should have won an Oscar for In the Name of the Father.


Though he was terrific, there was no way he was going to win over Tom Hanks in Philadelphia. To date that's still Hanks' best performance. Not saying I love the film or really like Hanks that much, but that Oscar was only his to win.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:07 PM

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:10 PM

Without question the greatest working actor, case could be made for a few past generations actors. However there are still 3 actors that have no academy awards that blow my mind:

Johnny Depp
Leonardo Dicaprio
Julliane Moore

Now, Johnny takes on more comedic/slapstick roles, however his portrayals and dedication is amazing.

*** Christoph Waltz should also be in this discussion, the man now has 2 oscars and has only done a small handful of non television films, but will be a force going forward.


This baffles me, too. IMO, he's the best actor to have never won an Oscar.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:14 PM

When I saw him in Gangs of New York I was hooked. I had no idea who he was but his performance was awe inspiring. I instantly began watching his other works and I soon realized that he was the best that I had ever seen. I don't expect to find anyone who is better either.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:22 PM

De Niro.

I like Pacino but I don't know if as many people put him on the same pedestal.

Hanks

Cranston is amazing but unfortunately he is known best for being the dad of four rambunctious children.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:23 PM

Without question the greatest working actor, case could be made for a few past generations actors. However there are still 3 actors that have no academy awards that blow my mind:

Johnny Depp
Leonardo Dicaprio
Julliane Moore

Now, Johnny takes on more comedic/slapstick roles, however his portrayals and dedication is amazing.

*** Christoph Waltz should also be in this discussion, the man now has 2 oscars and has only done a small handful of non television films, but will be a force going forward.


Has Julianne Moore really not won anything? That is surprising.As for Dicaprio, his performances are really good. The problem is that he is always up against other performances that are far superior to his. The only time he definitely should have won was in 1993 for What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Can you believe that Tommy Lee Jones won for Best-Supporting for The Fugitive?As for Johnny Depp, he is a terrific actor. But not one of his roles has been good enough to win when he has been nominated. Perhaps if he stops working with Gore Verbinski and Tim Burton, he may have a better shot.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:33 PM

Has Julianne Moore really not won anything? That is surprising.As for Dicaprio, his performances are really good. The problem is that he is always up against other performances that are far superior to his. The only time he definitely should have won was in 1993 for What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Can you believe that Tommy Lee Jones won for Best-Supporting for The Fugitive?As for Johnny Depp, he is a terrific actor. But not one of his roles has been good enough to win when he has been nominated. Perhaps if he stops working with Gore Verbinski and Tim Burton, he may have a better shot.


My list of actors who should have oscars could be larger to include such amazing actors as;

Gary Oldman
Edward Norton
John Malkovich


Side note, in terms of directors neither Kubrik nor Hitchcock ever won a golden statue either.

Edit** Kubrick did win a special effects oscar, but never for directing.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:43 PM

De Niro.

I like Pacino but I don't know if as many people put him on the same pedestal.

Hanks

Cranston is amazing but unfortunately he is known best for being the dad of four rambunctious children.


I LOVE Deniro (and Nicholson FWIW) but IMO...they're acting roles and performances are past their best before dates. You're not going to find much better acting than any number of their roles from the 70's, 80's and 90's but for the current generation of actors, neither of them have done more than a couple films that could come close to touching stuff done by the likes of Lews, DiCaprio, Norton, Depp etc in the last ~15-20 years.

Edited by J.R., 26 February 2013 - 04:44 PM.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

ive never seen a movie with DDL in it, even though ive seen thousands of movies. lolol. gunna checkout lincohn
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 05:04 PM

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 05:05 PM

I very much agree.

His role as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood was one of the best displays of acting that I've ever seen.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 05:11 PM

ive never seen a movie with DDL in it, even though ive seen thousands of movies. lolol. gunna checkout lincohn


Haven't seen Lincoln but "My Left Foot" is amazing.


Edited by hudson bay rules, 26 February 2013 - 05:19 PM.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 05:16 PM

daniel day lewis is the greatest over-actor in history, yes
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 05:22 PM

DDL is the best actor for people who only watch 3 or 4 movies a year
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 05:25 PM

I believe a strong argument can be made for this. He has only acted in 28 films total which makes his 3 leading actor Oscars absolutely amazing and he is the only actor to ever win this many leading actor awards at the Oscars. The argument can also be made that he should have won Oscars for his leading roles in Gangs of New York and In the Name of the Father as well.

What are your thoughts on this?


DDL hamming it up with the funny accent and scowl for the 5th time in his career? please

his performance in Gangs of New York was the least impressive of the bunch in that Oscar year

Nicholas Cage should have won for Adaptation, hands down
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 05:27 PM

Even Daniel Day-Lewis has problems with that classification.


His Oscar glory put him ahead of Hollywood legends including Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, and Dustin Hoffman.


But the 55-year-old Lincoln star was bemused when asked if he was now “the world’s greatest actor”.


“It’s daft isn’t it? “Sean [Penn] had to go through all this a few years ago. It changes all the time.”



In any such discussion you would have to include:

Robert De Niro
Marlon Brando
Jack Nicholson
Al Pacino
Sean Penn
Laurence Olivier
James Stewart
Humphrey Bogart
James Cagney
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