Not all actors are the same. They appear in movie after movie and each one is a disappointment. That’s not the case with all actors though as some truly up the quality of a film. In a recent online conversation people shared A-list celebrities they feel live up to the hype. Here are ten of their top choices.
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1. Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan is the best actress of this generation. The American-Irish actress has collected 133 nominations and 68 wins over her twenty-year acting career. Since childhood, Ronan has tackled complex source material in roles such as a jealous sister in Atonement (2007), a murdered teenager in The Lovely Bones (2009), and an assassin in Hanna (2011), all before she turned 18.
In her adult career, the Academy Awards snubbed Ronan for her performance in Lady Bird, Little Women, and Mary Queen of Scots. “Her career at times reminds me of Kate Winslet’s, so I have this theory she’ll get it when she hits 30-35 like Winslet did. I’m just afraid it won’t be for one of the best films in her filmography, just like Winslet. Still perplexed why she wasn’t nominated for Revolutionary Road that year,” a respondent gushes.
2. Lady Gaga
In 2008. Lady Gaga released her debut album, The Fame, a statement piece to the weirdness and wackiness of existing in a world filled with dance, money-chasing people, and paparazzi. A few years later, she started acting in projects like A Star is Born and American Horror Story, gaining critical acclaim. The multi-faceted figure famously formed a bond with the late Tony Bennett and released two stunning Grammy award-winning jazz-pop records.
Those who’ve doubted Gaga’s talents admit after stumbling upon her Saturday Night Live performance, they became lifelong fans. Other former critics confessed seeing her in person changed their perspective on her career.
3. Viola Davis
On person said, “Viola Davis needs to be right up at the top.” Another shared a personal story about how Davis’ acting changed their life in a meaningful way. “Her performance as the therapist in It’s Kind of a Funny Story made me rethink going to therapy because she was just so kind and empathetic. And I was like, “If that’s what therapy is, maybe I should go after all.”
There’s no higher purpose for art is there?
4. Julie Andrews
The Golden Age in Hollywood emerged in the 1920s around The Great Depression and lasted through the ’60s. The forty-year period saw advancements in sound design, moving pictures, and memorable performances from brilliant actors and actresses.
A key name in this era is Julie Andrews, a star in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and The Princess Diaries.
5. Kate Winslet
Film reviewers jumped into a polarizing discourse on this thread about the performances in Titanic. Most believe Kate Winslet stole the spotlight from Leonardo DiCaprio and deserves more praise than him for her astounding performance.
A different person suggests Winslet holds more talent than DiCaprio but experiences less commercial success.
6. Jessica Chastain
When It: Chapter Two came out, audiences marveled at the adult cast selection, including Bill Hader, James McAvoy, and most importantly, Jessica Chastain. I’ve held a few conversations where horror appreciators couldn’t fathom Jessica Chastain agreeing to the film, claiming her talent exceeds the production. “When people say that movie stars are a thing of the past? No, ma’am. You will not disrespect Ms. Chastain like that,” a Chastain enthusiast writes.
7. Olivia Colman
The best actors disappear into their roles, making you forget they’re acting. Olivia Colman is no stranger to committing to her craft.
Numerous movie fans report they continually believe the character she portrays, from her three-dimensional character in Peep Show to her guilt-struck character in The Lost Daughter.
8. Charlize Theron
Actors that have broad ranges really stand out among the crowd. Numerous commenters believe that’s true of Charlize Theron.
One person says “Her role in Monster is literally one of the best performances I’ve seen on screen.” Another adds “I think Charlize Theron is underrated relative to her talent.”
It’s difficult to see where they’re wrong.
9. Willem Dafoe
Few names come to mind when naming off multi-generational legends, but Dafoe is at the forefront. The 68-year-old actor has performed in over 100 films, tapping into his talent with each role. “Incredibly humble, kind, and personable. One of the most versatile and best actors of all time. He holds no fear and has no insecurity when it comes to acting. He puts his everything into his roles, and you can tell it’s his all,” a dedicated Defoe fan shares.
10. Denzel Washington
The Tony, Academy Award, and Golden Globe recipient started his professional screen acting career forty years ago in the comedic film Carbon Copy (1981). Denzel Washington continues to impress and awe the public with his flair. “As a wider culture, we don’t spend enough time in awe of how Denzel Washington is both an actor and a movie star, charismatic, stylish, and naturally gorgeous, at the highest calibers. He’s basically perfect at two jobs,” a film fanatic raves.
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