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Old 26-03-2012, 16:25
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Some great suggestions, forgot to mention Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose in my OP aswell, one of my favourite film performances ever
La Vie en rose is simply amazing. Marion rightfully won the Oscar after putting on a truly breathtaking performance.
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Old 29-04-2012, 22:59
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After seeing Requiem For A Dream recently I realised that Ellen Burstyn's performance just had to be included in this thread, absolutely incredible.

This scene in particular: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3OK0KgXjmk
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Old 30-04-2012, 00:03
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I haven't seen that film yet. I'm a big fan of his though so will watch it soon
Your in for a treat, actors basically use that performance as a measuring stick. The emotion displayed in the film was almost too much for Brando himself, he wanted to kill the director afterwards. Unfortunately that was his last great piece of work, around Godfather time. Those two performances couldn’t be more different, incredible stuff.
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Old 30-04-2012, 15:01
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Another vote for Bjork in Dancer in the Dark. Her performance genuinely upset me quite remarkably, she's so believable and therefore heartbreaking that it's very tough to watch.
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Old 30-04-2012, 22:50
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After seeing Requiem For A Dream recently I realised that Ellen Burstyn's performance just had to be included in this thread, absolutely incredible.

This scene in particular: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3OK0KgXjmk
Ellen was superb..and she was robbed of the Best Actress Oscar, losing to Julia Roberts
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Old 30-04-2012, 23:09
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This is a surprisingly tricky question.

After much deliberation I would like to give another vote to Ellen Burstyn, but for 'The Exorcist'

imo, her reaction to what was going on was one of the most frightening things about the movie.
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Old 30-04-2012, 23:49
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Michelle Williams- Brokeback Mountain
Marcia Gay Harden- Mystic River
Judi Dench- Notes On A Scandal
Kevin Spacey-Seven
Glenn Close and Anne Archer-Fatal Attraction
Meryl Streep- Doubt
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Old 01-05-2012, 00:16
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Two older performances that have always stayed with me ater watching the films........

James Mason in A Star Is Born.

Patricia Neal in Hud.
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Old 01-05-2012, 00:22
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Premiere Magazine says it is Peter O'Toole as Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia.
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Old 01-05-2012, 00:39
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so many

couple of restrained, mannered performances

albert finney, brilliant in "The Browning Version"

anthony hopkins in "Remains of The Day"


Will second that but you have to mention Emma Thompsons performance alongside.

The scene with her trying to get the book is possibly the most electrically charged scenes in cinema history IMO.

Just superb acting from both of them.
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:22
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Kevin Spacey - Usual Suspects, Denzel Washington - Training Day, Jean Reno - Leon.
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Old 01-05-2012, 13:30
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Will second that but you have to mention Emma Thompsons performance alongside.

The scene with her trying to get the book is possibly the most electrically charged scenes in cinema history IMO.

Just superb acting from both of them.
LOVE this movie, it hits me so deeply everytime, especially their last interaction
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Old 01-05-2012, 16:13
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Ellen was superb..and she was robbed of the Best Actress Oscar, losing to Julia Roberts
I know, absolutely ridiculous, how by any standards was Julia Roberts better? I bet most of the voters didn't even watch Requiem
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Old 01-05-2012, 16:23
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Bjork for Dancer in the Dark for me too.

Lots others I could mention but its a true stand out performance that one.
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Old 01-05-2012, 17:02
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Would like to add Ray Winstone in Nil By Mouth is brilliant as is Kathy Burke (I think it is) who won the Bafta for it....2 fantastic performances
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Old 01-05-2012, 20:24
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OMgz it has 2 b Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight!1! Best actor evarrr!1

Now back to seriousness.
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Old 01-05-2012, 20:38
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Jack Nicholson in The Shining, without a doubt.
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Old 01-05-2012, 22:18
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Bjork for Dancer In The Dark is definitely the name that springs up the most which is actually quite surprising, should definitely check it out
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Old 02-05-2012, 23:31
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Joseph Gordon Levitt in Mysterious Skin. Astonishing performance all the more so as he hardly says a word through most of his important scenes. I never felt like I was watching an actor, which made it all the more harrowing.

Also Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain is a close second.
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:05
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Joseph Gordon Levitt in Mysterious Skin. Astonishing performance all the more so as he hardly says a word through most of his important scenes. I never felt like I was watching an actor, which made it all the more harrowing.
Comepletely agree, he is brilliant
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:48
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Edward Norton in American History X has to be up there.
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Old 01-09-2012, 15:41
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Edward Norton in American History X has to be up there.
Absolutely. He was amazing in that fillm.
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Old 01-09-2012, 21:07
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Philip Baker Hall in Secret Honor.


Best performance you've never seen.........
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Old 01-09-2012, 22:51
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Charlize Theron in Monster
Ellen Burstyn in Requiem For A Dream
Bjork in Dancer In The Dark

Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain
Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
Christian Bale in The Machinist
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Old 04-09-2012, 20:26
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Ed Norton- American History X (Amazing film!)
Kevin Spacey- American Beauty
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