I think they're about even in Shadowlands and The Age of Innocence with 2 good performances........but both are great in their Oscar nominated roles with Hopkins being my win that year so him.
In "In The Name of the Father" Day-Lewis uncorks an astonishing scene though - unlike any he had done prior - (below) where he's just unhinged and in the moment that is one of the great scenes of not only his whole career but in the last 30 or so years by any actor - particularly @ 3:50 where he goes so far off the printed page it's breathtaking and precisely the kind of acting Americans used to do with some frequency........ and in the past 30 years..........almost never.
Yeah, an astonishing combo for both of them. Hopkins in "The Remains of the Day" is my win for the year but I gotta go with Danny Boy in terms of the overall year on the basis of how different and varied the two of his performances are compared to each other.
The Age Of Innocence doesn't really register with me as one of Day-Lewis more seminal performances. He's fine and the movie is pretty good, but I feel like the women in the film are noticably better (Ryder, Pfieffer) and overshadow him. I feel like it's one of those few DDL roles that quite a few actors could have played just as well or better. Slot in Ralph Fiennes or Rupert Everett and I doubt we'd notice much difference.
Hopkins is the isn't overshadowed by anyone in The Remains Of The Day and Shadowlands, and are both major performances of his.
In The Name Of The Father is probably my favorite performance of the 4 though. But Hopkins has the stronger combo. The Age Of Innocence isn't anything more than a solid outing for DDL.
Post by urbanpatrician on Sept 15, 2020 21:45:36 GMT
The Age of Innocence is the best film out of the 4 films in discussion, but it's also the weakest performance. DDL didn't do much.
Hopkins for me here. He was the only one I really liked from the nominees. Although a case can be made that Thompson was his equal (tho I slightly prefer Hopkins), but Winger certainly overshadowed Hopkins, pupdurcs.
I like Hopkins mostly for 1993-1997. Outside of that, he hasn't been that impressive. For DDL, I mostly like him from 1992-2002.... In the Name of the Father being the sole outlier.... I just don't like him, whether he's good or not in it.
Hopkins in The Remains of the Day slighly edges out In the Name of the Father, both two of my absolute favorite performances. But the second part makes the difference here to me cause while I like Hopkins in Shadowlands it's the least special performance of those four, while Day-Lewis is very great in Age of Innocence as well.