This is tough because Dafoe actually did as much challenging, great work as Phoenix but he has too many films and throws up too many that didn't stick also.......Denzel is close but 8 out of his 10 films didn't work for me - that's way too high - and he had only 2 great performances imo - the male decade is too deep.
1. Huppert 2. Williams 3. Haenel 4. Cotillard 5. Lawrence
Though that's film only because Williams best turn is on TV - she might be THE real actress of the decade if I included Fosse/Verdon; Lawrence for a career tornado, Blanchett gave the female performance of the decade to me.
1. Scorsese 2. PTA 3. Coens 4. Miller 5. Iñárritu
Though I think Haneke made the film of the decade and another severely underrated one
Actor: 1. Willem Dafoe - Two Oscar noms (Florida Project, At Eternity's Gate), some terrific lead or co-lead performances (Pasolini, My Hindu Friend, Dog Eat Dog, The Hunter) and scene-stealing supporting turns (Grand Budapest Hotel, Fault in Our Stars, Motherless Brooklyn). It's always nice when he appears in box office successes as well (John Wick, Aquaman). Never stops challenging himself after decades of brilliant work. I mean just recently he ate fuckin' dirt for our entertainment (The Lighthouse).
2. Joaquin Phoenix 3. Leonardo DiCaprio
4. Paul Dano - one of the best actors of his generation, and with "Love & Mercy", "Youth", "Prisoners", "Looper", "12 Years a Slave", "Swiss Army Man", "Escape at Dannemora", "War and Peace" and "For Ellen", he had hell of a great decade.
5. Matthew McConaughey - some of his recent films flopped, right. So maybe he lost the hype. But hell, his 2011-2015 run is too strong and after that? Well, "The Beach Bum" (which I guess will have a cult following) and "White Boy Rick" are both great performances and also honorable mentions goes to fine voice works in "Kubo" and "Sing".
Actress 1. Tilda Swinton 2. Emily Blunt 3. Saoirse Ronan - two Oscar noms (Lady Bird, Brooklyn), contender this year (Little Women), one more BP nominated film (Grand Budapest Hotel). Kept impressing with her range (How I Live Now, Hanna, Byzantium). Surprised that she's not mentioned so far. 4. Regina King 5. Elizabeth Moss
Directors: 1. Martin Scorsese 2. Denis Villeneuve 3. Chris Nolan 4. PTA 5. Greta Gerwig (she's not far from actress list also)
You breathe a word of this, to anyone, you mincing fucking CUNT, and I will tear your fucking skin off, I will wear it to your mother's birthday party, and I will rub your nuts up and down her leg whilst whistling Bohemian fucking Rhapsody, right?!
Directors: 1. Christopher Nolan 2. Denis Villeneuve 3. Steven Spielberg 4. Martin Scorsese 5. Ben Affleck (Argo and The Town are probably enough to get him in)
5th could be others though. Inarritu has also two great films, but Biutiful hinders him a bit. Cuaron has two great films as well. If I get finally to see The Wild Pear Tree and it delivers Nuri Bilge Ceylan is the likeliest one to make it.
Not feel like ranking actors and actresses right now.