Hard to vote against Hanks.......too consistent (and I don't care about that - at all), major/diverse performances across drama/comedy, leads/ensembles, 3 Oscar nods, 2 wins - lots of BP nodded-films, big box-office.
Contenders: Hopkins (big highs, 4 nods), Pacino (The most greatish / iconic performances, 3 nods), Keitel (the Dafoe of his day).
Runners up: Penn, DDL, Auteuil, Spacey, Crowe (his best rather than his overrated 00s), Washington (his best, less sizzle-more steak this decade), DeNiro (particularly 90-95).
Post by themoviesinner on Aug 24, 2020 14:04:27 GMT
Two Chinese actors take this for me.
Anthony Wong is among the GOATs. His performance in Ebola Syndrome is probably the greatest performance of all time for me and he has several other truly spectacular work in the 90s as well, such as Hard Boiled, Full Contact, The Untold Story, Taxi Hunter and The Mission.
Tony Chiu-wai Leung is the other actor I have in mind. He has done some incredible work for Wong Kar-wai, with Happy Together being his crowning achievement, but has also been pretty fantastic in several other films as well, including Bullet In The Head, Flowers Of Shanghai and The Longest Nite. Also, his brief performance in Cyclo is among the best supporting performances of the decade.
"You'll soon bleed to death, so reflect on your life."
You can't go wrong with either Hanks, Hopkins or Pacino. All have an incredible top 3 that decade (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Saving Private Ryan/Remains of the Day, Silence of Lambs, Nixon/Heat, Scent of a Woman, Donnie Brasco) and many more very strong performances to round it out.
I really don't know as of now, whom of them I give my vote. Need to overthink this. But actually I've thought about this often and never come to a clear conclusio.
Hopkins: Silence of the Lambs, Nixon, Amistad, Howards End, The Remains of the Day, Shadowlands, Meet Joe Black. DDL: The Last of the Mohicans, The Age of Innocence, In the Name of the Father, The Crucible, The Boxer. Pacino: The Godfather III, Dick Tracy, Glengarry, Scent of a Woman, Carlito, Heat, Donnie Brasco, Insider. Hanks: A League of Their Own, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Sleepless in Seattle, Apollo 13, Private Ryan, The Green Mile. Washington: Malcolm X, Much Ado, Philadelphia, Crimson Tide, The Hurricane.
I'll give the edge to Pacino as, tbh, I loved him in the 90s because of his 90s films. Way before I saw his 70s streak. But Hopkins is very very close.
I just wanted to mention how many of these 90s actors: Hopkins, Washington, Oldman, DiCaprio, Spacey, Pacinoall did Shakespeare on film in the 90s too. It was kind of awesome to see.
I actually think Looking For Richard (1996) is one of Pacino's great career achievements and his 90s were so deep that people miss it looking back now - it is so singularly something that only he could have really pulled off - the movie is like him in its quirks - and it's funny, insightful and wildly entertaining.
This is one of my favorite line readings he ever did and anybody doing Shakespeare ever did that I've seen - where did THIS come from?
If you've never seen the movie it's well worth seeking out.
Forgot to mention Robert De Niro, who did many films I like, even after 1995 (yes, I mean it!!). Of course he made way too many movies in the 90s (and in the next decades also) so many of them were good and others, well, bad...
I liked Guilty by Suspicion, Bronx Tale, Cape Fear, Cop Land, Jackie Brown, Sleepers and I loved Awakenings, Heat, Casino, Wag the Dog and Ronin.
Cyrano, Uranus, Green Card, The Bridge, A Pure Formality, Colonel Chabert, All the Mornings of the World, La Machine, Le Garçu, Germinal. That's TEN. And I'm leaving off a couple of other wonderful perfs; as much as I've seen from his '90s, there's about a dozen I haven't seen yet. Pacino is my #1, with ten legit great perfs, unmatched by anybody, but Depardieu is close after.
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Forgot him! Quite varied in these perturbed roles. I like him a lot in the underrated Romeo is Bleeding. And he's especially great at the beginning of the decade, a livewire in State of Grace and a softer, quick-witted, very funny turn in Rosencratz. Decade looks a bit better when you realize Chattahoochee is a 1990 release, not '89. So that counts too!