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2010s By The Performances
#1
Rather than acting moments, here's a space to share your favorite performances in live-action, animation, CGI, documentary, and whatever strikes your fancy.
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#2
Not sure of the best, but the first that came to mind for me was Joaquin Phoenix in THE MASTER.
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#3
Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda in RUSH.

The man was flat out robbed of a Best Actor (or Supporting Actor) nomination and win. It's one of the best pieces of acting that I've seen in the past 10 years.

Also, Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford in FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN.

Career best. Everyone delivered here (including Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis) but holy shit was Jessica Lange on another level. Had this been a movie, she'd have nailed Best Actress.
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#4
Brad Pitt - ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
Laurie Metcalf - LADY BIRD
Daniel Day-Lewis - LINCOLN
Regina Hall - SUPPORT THE GIRLS

LOVE that Jessica Lange suggestion
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(11-08-2019, 03:29 PM)Mangy Wrote: LOVE that Jessica Lange suggestion

it may be the single greatest piece of acting that I saw in the last decade.  It's the kind of work that Meryl Streep would be envious of.
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#6
Movies only dudes! There's a TV forum for that!

Anyway, because I will never understand Judas' love affair with Daniel Bruhl in RUSH, these were the nominees the year Bruhl was up for Supporting Actor:

Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club as Rayon
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips as Abduwali Muse
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle as Richard "Richie" DiMaso
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave as Edwin Epps
Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street as Donnie Azoff

Leto won, but I think in a world where you swap him and Bruhl out, Fassbender takes it. If you swap Bruhl out for any of those candidates - all of them pretty worthy in one respect or another - he still loses. He's really good in RUSH, don't get me wrong! He's even great!

But he wasn't the Best Supporting Actor that year, even among those who were nominated. And also I just like good-naturedly busting Judas on it every so often. Big Grin
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#7
Please forward my love of Booth's suggestion to the appropriate thread!

Also, PSH is fucking amazing in THE MASTER too. Two of the best performances I've seen, inside a movie which keeps me at arm's length despite numerous rewatches.
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#8
PSH was on a hell of a run before he passed. This decade alone, he had IDES OF MARCH, MONEYBALL, THE MASTER, A LATE QUARTET, and HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and MOCKINGJAY PT. 1 basically in a row before he died. Any one of those would have been career best for a lesser actor; I'm such a fan of his in HUNGER GAMES.
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(11-08-2019, 03:37 PM)boone daniels Wrote: Movies only dudes! There's a TV forum for that!

Anyway, because I will never understand Judas' love affair with Daniel Bruhl in RUSH, these were the nominees the year Bruhl was up for Supporting Actor:

Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club as Rayon
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips as Abduwali Muse
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle as Richard "Richie" DiMaso
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave as Edwin Epps
Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street as Donnie Azoff

Leto won, but I think in a world where you swap him and Bruhl out, Fassbender takes it. If you swap Bruhl out for any of those candidates - all of them pretty worthy in one respect or another - he still loses. He's really good in RUSH, don't get me wrong! He's even great!

But he wasn't the Best Supporting Actor that year, even among those who were nominated. And also I just like good-naturedly busting Judas on it every so often. Big Grin

I just want to point out that 'movies only' is not mentioned in the first post.  So there.  Smile

I think if more people had actually seen RUSH, Bruhl would have been more seriously considered and viable.  Regardless, he should have won.
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#10
Didn't Hoffman pass before the last Hunger Games was completed? That one feels like he's criminally underused, and I always chalked it up to that.

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#11
Bruhl got nominated for a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and a bunch of critics awards, so let's not pretend like "nobody" saw RUSH or that he wasn't "seriously" in the mix. It's clear enough of the people who mattered saw that performance to make him viable. He just wasn't nominated.

Agree to disagree. Until next time. *evil laugh.*
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(11-08-2019, 03:45 PM)sean blackwell Wrote: Didn't Hoffman pass before the last Hunger Games was completed?  That one feels like he's criminally underused, and I always chalked it up to that.

Yes, he had a few scenes left to film.  The big scene at the end where Woody Harrelson talks to Jennifer Lawrence was supposed to be Hoffman's, for instance.
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(11-08-2019, 03:45 PM)sean blackwell Wrote: Didn't Hoffman pass before the last Hunger Games was completed? That one feels like he's criminally underused, and I always chalked it up to that.

I made a mistake - I thought he was alive for MOCKINGJAY PT. 1. He was almost done with his scenes for both (they were shot together) when he passed. Two of those scenes were "substantial" ones that had to be rewritten - it's clear that the scene near the end of PT 2 where Haymich reads a letter from PSH's character that PSH was supposed to be present, rather than just via a letter.
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#14
Looking at that list, I'd vote Jonah Hill. I thought Leto's performance was on the level of an SNL sketch... of course he won.
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#15
I'd have gone with Barkhad Abdi myself. For a first time actor, he really delivered the goods. If memory serves, he won the BAFTA.
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#16
I liked Abdi well enough, although my favorite moment of acting from that movie is... well, I'll go over to the correct thread.
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(11-08-2019, 04:03 PM)Mangy Wrote: I liked Abdi well enough, although my favorite moment of acting from that movie is... well, I'll go over to the correct thread.

Guessing: Hanks breaking down at the end while be checked over by the med techs.  Amirite?

eta: yep!!!
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Andy Serkis as Caesar in the Apes trilogy. If he couldn't get awards for Gollum, he damn sure should have gotten awards for this.
My karmic debt must be huge.

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#19
Gerard Butler as Stoick The Vast in the How To Train Your Dragon trilogy. It's a voice role, but it's probably the best he's been in anything, and combined with the work the animator's did bringing it to life, doing a lot of subtle physical work it's just really really great.
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#20
Jemaine Clement in What We Do in the Shadows

Ralph Fiennes in Grand Budapest Hotel

Sam Neill in Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Tom Cruise in the Top Gun Maverick trailer
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#21
Tom Hardy in VENOM

Daniel Day Lewis in PHANTOM THREAD

Isabelle Huppert in ELLE

Vicky Krieps in PHANTOM THREAD

Joaquin Phoenix in YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

Tilda Swinton in WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

Tom Hardy in VENOM
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#22
Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project and The Lighthouse. Man's a national treasure.
DDL in Lincoln
Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network
Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street
Charlize Theron in Mad Max Fury Road and Young Adult
Matthew McConaughey in True Detective and Killer Joe
James Franco in Spring Breakers
Joaquin Phoenix in The Master
Jake Gyllenhall in Nightcrawler
Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Tom Hanks in Captain Philips and Bridge of Spies

These are all terrific performances, but I do think the decade-defining performances would have to go to the characters that really clicked and became icons, many of them superheroes. To wit, Robert Downey jr, Chris Evans and Hugh Jackman. Peter Dinklage in Thrones is right there next to them, and Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad qualifies, as that show was predominantly this decade.. Maybe Adam Driver as Kylo. Many of their co-stars could be said to be right there with them, depending on your personal preference. Of this group, the only one I think gives an honest-to-god excellent acting performance is probably Cranston, but they're gonna be the ones who define this decade.
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#23
Dafoe in this decade has had the best run of an actor in a long while. He's either the best part of bad movies (Dog Eat Dog, Death Note), doing a whole lot with nothing roles (Aquaman, John Wick), delightful in small roles (Grand Budapest, Murder on the Orient Express) or just flat out incredible (At Eternity's Gate, Lighthouse, Florida Project, Pasolini).
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#24
Michael Shannon in Take Shelter
Marion Cotillard in The Immigrant
Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, and Emma Stone in The Favourite
Will Forte in MacGruber
Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther
Simon Russell Beale in The Death of Stalin
Aubrey Plaza in Ingrid Goes West
Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis
Lupita Nyong'o in Us
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#25
Ooooo, another Ingrid Goes West fan!

Repeat (Non-)Offenders. * marks my favorite performance.

Ryan Gosling - Drive*, Only God ForgivesThe Big Short, The Nice Guys, Blade Runner 2049
Samuel L. Jackson - Django Unchained, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Hateful Eight*
Charlize Theron - Young Adult, Mad Max: Fury Road*, Long Shot
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master, Her*, Inherent Vice, Joker
Amy Adams - The Fighter, The MasterHer, Arrival*, Nocturnal AnimalsVice 
Jake Gyllenhaal - End of Watch, Prisoners, Nightcrawler*, Nocturnal Animals
Tom Hanks - Cloud Atlas, Captain Phillips*, Sully
Michael Keaton - Birdman, Spotlight, The Founder*, Spider-Man: Homecoming
Hugh Jackman - Prisoners, Logan*
Michael B. Jordan - Creed, Black Panther*
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy*, Darkest Hour
Nicolas Cage - Mandy, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse*

Movies:

Jeff Bridges, True Grit

Albert Brooks, Drive
George Clooney, The Descendants
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Javier Bardem, Skyfall
Bruce Willis, Looper
Denzel Washington, Flight
Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe
Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Will Arnett, The Lego Movie
Keanu Reeves, the whole John Wick series
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Oscar Isaac, Ex Machina
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Benicio del Toro, Sicario
Patrick Stewart, Green Room
Allison Williams, Get Out
Jon Hamm, Baby Driver

Harrison Ford, Blade Runner 2049
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Nicole Kidman, Destroyer
Christian Bale, Vice
John Mulaney, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Lupita Nyong'o, Us

TV:

Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
[Insert Cast Member Name Here], Breaking Bad
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
Keri Russell, The Americans
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Danny DeVito, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Will Arnett, BoJack Horseman
John C. Reilly, Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Walton Goggins, Vice Principals
Marc Maron, GLOW
Bill Hader, Barry
Henry Winkler, Barry
David Harbour, Stranger Things
[Insert Cast Member Name Here], The People v. O.J. Simpson
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(11-09-2019, 01:37 PM)Pither Wrote: Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, and Emma Stone in The Favourite

Marry me.


(11-09-2019, 01:37 PM)Pither Wrote: Will Forte in MacGruber

Remarry me.
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(11-09-2019, 03:26 PM)Bucho Wrote:
(11-09-2019, 01:37 PM)Pither Wrote: Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, and Emma Stone in The Favourite

Marry me.


(11-09-2019, 01:37 PM)Pither Wrote: Will Forte in MacGruber

Remarry me.

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Some unmentioned folks (props for this thread for already getting to Simon Russell Beale, Adams in Arrival, SLJ in The Hateful Eight, Sam Neill, and Oldman in TTSS, among many other excellent choices):

The whole main cast, A Separation
Juliette Binoche, Clouds of Sils Maria
Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
Kristen Stewart, Personal Shopper
Kate Beckinsale, Love and Friendship
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Lakeith Stanfield, Sorry to Bother You
Anne Hathaway, Colossal
Kim Min-hee & Kim Tae-ri, The Handmaiden
Adam Driver, Paterson
Alden Ehrenreich, Hail Caesar!
Walton Goggins, The Hateful Eight
Michael B. Jordan, Creed
Rebecca Ferguson, M:I Rogue Nation
Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara, Carol
Octavia Spencer, Fruitvale Station
Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
Simon Pegg & Nick Frost, The World's End
Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name
Brendan Gleeson, Calvary
Adele Exarchopolous, Blue is the Warmest Color
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
John Boyega, Attack the Block
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#29
Toby Stephens, Black Sails. I keep thinking about that broken, bitter gravitas of his in the final episode.

"All this will be for nothing. We will have been for nothing. Defined by their histories. Distorted to fit into their narrative. Until all that is left of us are the monsters in the stories they tell their children."
"I don't care."
"You will. Someday, you will. Someday. Even if you can persuade her to keep you, she'll no longer be enough. And the comfort will grow stale. And casting about in the dark for some proof that you mattered, and finding none, you'll know. That you gave it away, in this moment, on this island. Left it in the ground, along with her chest."

I go back and forth between Flint and Rackham as far as who was the best thing about this, one of the finest TV shows of the decade.
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#30
Odds & Sods:

Michael Douglas SOLITARY MAN

Jennifer Lawrence WINTER'S BONE

Natalie Portman BLACK SWAN

Kristen Stewart THE RUNAWAYS

Michael Shannon TAKE SHELTER

Mel Gibson THE BEAVER

Richard Gere ARBITRAGE

Denzel FLIGHT

Sam Jackson DJANGO

Cameron Diaz THE COUNSELOR

Cate Blanchett BLUE JASMINE

Keira Knightly DANGEROUS METHOD

Anna Paquin MARGARET

Scarlett Johansson UNDER THE SKIN

Bruce Dern NEBRASKA

Leo WOLF

Brendan Gleeson CALVARY

Reese Witherspoon WILD

Samantha Morton THE HARVEST

Paul Dano LOVE & MERCY

Pacino DANNY COLLINS

Elle Fanning THE NEON DEMON

Saoirse Ronan BROOKLYN

Blake Lively THE SHALLOWS

Hailee Steinfeld EDGE OF 17

Keanu KNOCK KNOCK

Matt Damon THE MARTIAN

Casey Affleck MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Natalie Portman JACKIE

Adam Driver PATERSON

Frances McDormand 3 BILLBOARDS

Jennifer Lawrence MOTHER!

Dakota Johnson SUSPIRIA

Clint THE MULE

Regina Hall SUPPORT THE GIRLS

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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#31
Mark Rylance had a pretty good decade, in no small part due to Spielberg latching on to him. He's a warm center of humanity in both Bridge of Spies and Ready Player One, and he's a big reason The BFG doesn't completely fall apart.
My karmic debt must be huge.

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#32
Both Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson were phenomenal in JOJO RABBIT. Even Rebel Wilson was great.
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#33
5 More (For the Fans):

Nic Cage JOE

Isabelle Huppert ELLE

Juliette Binoche CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

Kirsten Dunst THE BEGUILED

Tory Kittles DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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#34
A few off the top of my head:

Albert Brooks DRIVE

Toni Collette HEREDITARY

Logan Marshall-Green UPGRADE

Michael Nyqvist JOHN WICK

Karen Gillan GOTG2

Chris Evans SNOWPIERCER

Linus Roache MANDY
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#35
Special "giving the movie way more than it deserves" awards:

Guy Pearce - Lockout, Lawless
Michael Shannon - Premium Rush
Russell Crowe - Man of Steel
Dakota Johnson - Fifty Shades of Grey
Michael Parks - Tusk
Robert De Niro - Bad Grandpa
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Terminator Genisys
Octavia Spencer - Ma
Nick Nolte - Angel Has Fallen
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