Actors pick their favorite performances of the decade

Posted by · 10:03 am · February 18th, 2010

(Courtesy: New York Times Magazine)

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  • 1 2-18-2010 at 8:00 pm

    Kevin said...

    I definitely second the mentions of Fassbender, Bacon and Lee Jones – these performances really “sold” their respective films for me in terms of the sheer potency, vulnerability and versatility.

  • 2 2-18-2010 at 8:35 pm

    Me. said...

    Great great great choices! Man this video is a gem! Actors talking about their favorite actors! Surprisingly, I’ve seen most of the films they mentioned and I agree with a lot of those performances being great. BTW, kudos to George Clooney! Marion Cotillard also gave my favorite performance of the decade in “La Vie en Rose”. I think that film will age because of her deep transformation into the soul of Edith Piaf. I also would like to mention Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight”, Bruno Ganz in “Downfall”, Adrien Brody in “The Pianist” and the “Babel” ladies.

  • 3 2-18-2010 at 9:41 pm

    Megan said...

    Yay, another person who brought up The Pianist. God, that movie was amazing.

    And WHY did I not put Mo’Nique on my list?


  • 4 2-18-2010 at 10:03 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Not one person mentions Daniel Day-Lewis in “Gangs of New York?” Really? I mean… seriously? One of the greatest performances of all time, and even better than his Oscar winning one in “There Will Be Blood.”

  • 5 2-18-2010 at 10:15 pm

    Cameron said...

    Choi Min-Sik – Oldboy
    Björk – Dancer in the Dark
    Daniel Day-Lewis -There Will Be Blood
    Saiorse Ronan -Atonement
    Ellen Burstyn -Requiem for a Dream
    Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler
    Naomi Watts – Mulholland Drive
    Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
    Kate Winslet – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Heath Ledger – Brokeback Mountain

  • 6 2-18-2010 at 10:41 pm

    sosgemini said...

    I gotta give it up for Bjork in Dancer In The Dark…the performance haunts me to this day.

  • 7 2-18-2010 at 11:41 pm

    jack said...

    Penelope Cruz – (Don´t move) Italia.2006

  • 8 2-19-2010 at 6:55 am

    Felicia said...

    Heath Ledger – “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)
    Felicity Huffman – “TransAmerica” (2005)
    Tom Wilkinson – “In the Bedroom” (2001)
    Jamie Foxx – “Ray” (2004)
    Paul Giamatti – “Sideways” (2004)
    Kate Winslet – “Little Children” (2006)

  • 9 2-19-2010 at 8:23 am

    movieman said...

    Actors (in alphabetical order by actor):

    Sean Astin, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003)
    Cameron Bright, “Birth” (2004)
    Michael Caine, “The Weather Man” (2005)
    Sacha Baron Cohen, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” (2006)
    Benicio Del Toro, “Traffic” (2000)
    Colin Firth, “A Single Man” (2009)
    Tom Hanks, “Cast Away” (2000)
    Hal Holbrook, “Into the Wild” (2007)
    Josh Hutcherson, “Bridge to Terabithia” (2007)
    Jude Law, “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence” (2001)
    Jude Law, “Alfie” (2004)
    Heath Ledger, “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)
    Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight” (2008)
    Bill Murray, “Lost in Translation” (2003)
    Jack Nicholson, “About Schmidt” (2002)
    Haley Joel Osment, “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence” (2001)
    Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler” (2008)
    Donald Sutherland, “Aurora Borealis” (2006)
    Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds” (2009)
    Robin Williams, “Insomnia” (2002)

    Actresses (in alphabetical order by actress):
    Amy Adams, “Junebug” (2005)
    Jennifer Aniston, “The Good Girl” (2002)
    Bjork, “Dancer in the Dark” (2000)
    Cate Blanchett, “The Aviator” (2004)
    Ellen Burstyn, “Requiem for a Dream” (2000)
    Jennifer Connelly, “Dark Water” (2005)
    Penelope Cruz, “Vanilla Sky” (2001)
    Joan Cusack, “The School of Rock” (2003)
    Laura Dern, “Inland Empire” (2006)
    Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married” (2008)
    Rinko Kikuchi, “Babel” (2006)
    Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (2009)
    Natalie Portman, “Garden State” (2004)
    Maya Rudolph, “Away We Go” (2009)
    Belen Rueda, “The Orphanage” (2007)
    Amy Ryan, “Gone Baby Gone” (2007)
    Meryl Streep, “Adaptation” (2002)
    Charlize Theron, “Monster” (2003)
    Marisa Tomei, “In the Bedroom” (2001)
    Debra Winger, “Rachel Getting Married” (2008)

  • 10 2-19-2010 at 8:34 am

    Joe.f said...

    Daniel Day Lewis- There will Be Blood
    Philip Seymour Hoffman- Capote
    Christian Bale- American Psycho
    Bill Murray- Lost in Translation

  • 11 2-19-2010 at 8:40 am

    Sam said...

    Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
    Runner Up: Adrien Brody, The Pianist

    Charlize Theron, Monster
    Runner Up: Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
    Runner Up: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways

    Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada
    Runner Up: Natalie Portman, Closer

  • 12 2-19-2010 at 11:00 am

    Michael said...

    Very disappointing video. I think 90 percent of the mentioned roles were oscar-nominated, which doesn’t make them bad of course. But to say something like Meryl Streep is like not thinking about it at all.

    Yaay for Woody Harrelsons mentioning of the late Ulrich Mühe. He’d probably be my favourite choice among these.

    What’s about Johannes Thanheiser in Revanche? (He played the grandfather of the main character) Or, more popular, Sally Hawkins’ performance in Happy-Go-Lucky? Oh, yes, not oscar-nominated -> bad. ;)

  • 13 2-19-2010 at 12:08 pm

    Benito Delicias said...

    Woody was drunk…or stoned.

    Love the nepotism, love the friendship picks…who cares if you’re the friend or the brother in law…

    And nice to see people choosing performances like Bacon, Ronan…

  • 14 2-19-2010 at 3:50 pm

    MovieBoy said...

    Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood – Gangs of New York)
    Runner up: Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain)

    Best Actress: Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose)
    Runner up: Helen Mirren (The Queen)

    Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds)
    Runner up: David Carradine (Kill Bill, vol. 2)
    It’s just a coincidence that both are in a Tarantino film.

    Best Supporting Actress: Kate Hudson (Almost Famous)
    Runner up: Maggie Smith (Gosford Park)

  • 15 2-19-2010 at 5:23 pm

    Me. said...

    To the person who named Penélope Cruz for “Don’t Move”, I just have to say that I love you.

  • 16 2-20-2010 at 12:10 am

    Leone said...

    George Clooney is a brilliant actor and his choice for perf of the decade only goes to show that he knows a thing or two about his craft. he never fails to impress. Loved Julianne Moore getting emotional over Penn in Mystic River. loved also Colin Firth’s recognition of Kevin Bacon in The Woodsman who was totally off the charts great in that movie. I love the way these things are shot, so cool.

  • 17 2-20-2010 at 1:15 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    One crucial point Clooney is missing in his discussion of Cotillard’s performance in “La Vie en Rose” — with regard to his “old people try to look young” — is that Edith Piaf was only 47 when she died. Cotillard isn’t actually playing a “70 year-old trying to look young,” as Clooney thinks she is, but a prematurely aged woman.

    That’s pretty remarkable in itself.

  • 18 12-14-2010 at 7:14 am

    Del said...

    No Gong Li for Supporting for MOAG was a travesty………….

  • 19 8-04-2011 at 11:36 am

    Patty said...

    If ifonramtoin were soccer, this would be a goooooal!