Best Actor/Actress Across Film/Stage/TV Mar 10, 2018 12:59:58 GMT Viced, flasuss, and 2 more like this
Post by pacinoyes on Mar 10, 2018 12:59:58 GMT
I wasn't sure where to put this but I figured movies take up most of our thoughts and the Polls section seemed to limiting to elaborate.
Who is the actor or actress you think has distinguished themselves the most across these all - usually an actor can't serve all of them with some of them suffering. But I think this is going to be an important thing for actors and the public for the future since film and TV are blurring anyway and many young actors seem excited to be back in theater (Gyllenhaal, Cooper, etc.)
For me, it's clearly Laurence Olivier for males who did it at a time when TV was far more limited too (and I know you may think his movie work is dated, but I don't agree). Certainly his stage work is staggering, much of his better and successful on film work is actually in TV (5 Emmy's, including a definitive Lear), and he's of course at 10 Oscar nominations so he had an extremely distinguished film career of 40+ years.
There's other contenders here, but none I think that served all 3 medium as evenly as him:
Rylance (monumental actor but still limited by amount in 2 of the 3 fields), Pacino (closer but he would really need to deservedly win a 3rd Emmy AND maybe even a 2nd Oscar to build a better case) are ahead of the next group - Spacey/Finney/Plummer etc. but Olivier just has so much quality work. If you go for the other British actors in the Olivier-era (Guinness, Gielgud, etc.) they're not equivalent to him stature-wise anyway. Olivier really was something else and all these years later I think it's almost inconceivable to us looking back to understand what he did.
Actress is really where it gets interesting to me because you have someone so far out in front in film acclaim (Streep) and she has dabbled in theater to some acclaim and TV too (2 (deserved) Emmy's) so she may tilt the scales so much in film as to win by default in the overall. But then again.......there's Lange/Mirren/Redgrave/Page who served all 3 deeper.
Who is missing for females historically or is that more a clear case (I consider Huppert the greatest film actress but for these purposes I can't rank her #1 here even though she does theater, etc.)?