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Old 17-11-2013, 23:22
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One obvious one for me was Morgan Freeman in 'The Shawshank Redemption.' Another could also be Morgan Freeman in '7even.'
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Old 17-11-2013, 23:40
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Catherine Zeta Jones in Chicago was for me better than Renee Zellwegger
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Old 17-11-2013, 23:47
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Anything with Chrsitine Baransky.
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Old 17-11-2013, 23:56
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Thomas Ian Griffith in The Karate Kid III.

Crispin Glover in Back to the Future.

John Lithgow in Santa Claus: The Movie and Cliffhanger.

Robert Shaw in Jaws.
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Old 18-11-2013, 00:00
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Django Unchained. Jamie Foxx wasn't bad, but Christoph Waltz was absolutely superb.
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Old 18-11-2013, 00:04
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The wee boy in "Sunshine on Leith"

Fab child actor !
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Old 18-11-2013, 09:25
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Chief Dan George in The Outlaw Josey Wales.
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Old 18-11-2013, 09:44
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Alan Rickman in Robin Hood POT
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Old 18-11-2013, 09:50
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Agree with majority of above. And John Lithgow and Rickman in just about anything . Steve Buscemi is also a scene-stealer par excellence.

The first 'supporting' actor I remember seeing on TV who I thought was as good, if not better, than main star was Karl Malden. I thought he out-acted Brando in One-Eyed Jacks, and equal to George C. Scott in Patton (as Omar Bradley).
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Old 18-11-2013, 10:16
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Alan Rickman in Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
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Old 18-11-2013, 10:37
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Fun question.

Jeannie Berlin - The Heartbreak Kid (when I think of this film, I think of her performance)
the Camden joint guy - Withnail & I
Matthew McConaughey - Dazed and Confused
Jackie Earle Haley and the father, too - Breaking Away
Steve Zahn - Rescue Dawn; Out of Sight; Happy, Texas
Gwyneth Paltrow - Hard Eight
Robert Carlyle - Trainspotting
Don Cheadle - Devil in a Blue Dress (totally stole the show from Denzel Washington; well, he is good at stealing scenes)
Ben Foster - Alpha Dog; 30 Days of Night; 3:15 to Yuma
John Hawkes - Winter's Bone
Heather Graham - Drugstore Cowboy
Sarah Polley - Go
Willem Defoe - Platoon

Disqualified because they're antagonists?:
Adolph Caesar - A Soldier's Story
Rutger Hauer - Blade Runner
Burt Lancaster - Sweet Smell of Success
Mandy Patinskin - The Princess Bride
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Serenity
Willem Defoe - Streets of Fire (he's shamelessly hammy, which fits the film)
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Old 18-11-2013, 10:40
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Slim Pickens in Dr Strangelove
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Old 18-11-2013, 11:00
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Parker Posey in Scream 3 is the only reason to watch it.
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Old 18-11-2013, 11:04
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It's got to be Burl Ives in 'A Big Country' (1958). The role of Rufus Hannassy really only amounted to a matter of minutes screenwise but Ives absolutely dominated his few scenes. His first scene in the film is when his character Hannassy crashes the engagement party of his rival's (Charles Bickford) daughter...absolutely powerful stuff and for his he actually won the Supporting Actor Oscar. One of the best moments in movies IMO.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMiD6PU8SKI
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Old 18-11-2013, 11:21
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Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained.

Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects.

Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive.
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Old 18-11-2013, 11:45
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R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket
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Old 18-11-2013, 11:55
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R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket
Good one
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Old 18-11-2013, 12:00
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Joe Pesci in Goodfellas
Harrison Ford in Star Wars
Also, the most obvious one; Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight.
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Old 18-11-2013, 12:23
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Parker Posey in Scream 3 is the only reason to watch it.
She was fantastic in that film. Never before have I rooted for a character NOT to be killed off in a slasher movie.

My choice would be Marisa Tomei in 'My Cousin Vinny'.

She totally stole in every scene she was in, in a role that could have been very, very annoying.
She more than held her own up against Joe Pecsi.

One of my favourite performances of all time.
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Old 18-11-2013, 12:27
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Also, the most obvious one; Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight.
I was observing to see how many posts we could go before Heath got mentioned .
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Old 18-11-2013, 12:28
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Tom Cruise in Magnolia.

In fact, I think its his best acting performance ever.
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Old 18-11-2013, 12:37
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Joe Pesci in Goodfellas
Harrison Ford in Star Wars
Also, the most obvious one; Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight.
Personally I have always thought of them as main leads rather than supporting, even though he won best supporting actor.

The Dark Knight: Christian Bale & Heath Ledger

Star Wars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher & Harrison Ford
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Old 18-11-2013, 12:42
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Tom Cruise in Magnolia.

In fact, I think its his best acting performance ever.
I agree.
I can't stand TC to be honest, but he was outstanding in that film.
He really was robbed of The Oscar IMO.
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Old 18-11-2013, 12:44
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Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects.
For me: Benicio del Toro as the Marble Garbler in The Usual Suspects. The giggling scene, for instance.
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Old 18-11-2013, 13:34
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Personally I have always thought of them as main leads rather than supporting, even though he won best supporting actor.

The Dark Knight: Christian Bale & Heath Ledger

Star Wars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher & Harrison Ford
That would be them stealing the show then

Harrison Ford was certainly one of the main leads in Empire & Jedi. But in SW he was in a supporting role. That one was all about Luke.
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