Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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I am trying to revive, obviously only fitfully, one of the old TCM forum threads about people's choices for acting performances. After we started this thread and came up to what was then the present, I would offer my suggestions for best performances late in the following year. But the cancellation of the forums, and another engagement, has delayed my choices for 2021 up until now:

Actor

Hidetoshi Nishijima, Drive my Car
Cooper Hoffman, Licorice Pizza
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
Joaquin Phoenix, C’mon C’mon
Jack Lowden, Benediction

Runner-ups: Adam Driver (Annette), Anders Danielsen Lie (The Worst Person in the World), Gaby Hoffmann (C’mon C’mon), Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Benjamin Voisin (Lost Illusions), Dario Argento (Vortex), Oscar Isaac (The Card Counter), Clint Eastwood (Cry Macho), Bradley Cooper (Nightmare Alley), Simon Rex (Red Rocket), Nicolas Cage (Pig), Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos), Jason Statham (Wrath of Man), Danny McBride (The Mitchells vs. the Machines), Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick…Boom!), Filippo Scotti (The Hand of God), Adam Driver (House of Gucci),

Actress

Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
Renate Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World
Penelope Cruz, Parallel Mothers
Kristen Stewart, Spencer
Tessa Thompson, Passing

Runner-ups: Agathe Rousselle (Titane), Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter), Josephine Sanz (Petite Maman),* Natasa Stork (Preparatios to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time), Katia Pascariu (Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn), Tilda Swinton (Memoria), Francois Lebrun (Vortex), Kotone Furukawa (Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy), Taylour Paige (Zola), Katsuki Mori (Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy), Rachel Zegler (West Side Story), Virginie Efiria (Benedetta), Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos), Anna Taylor-Joy (Last Night in Soho), Gemma Chan (The Eternals), Leslie Grace (In the Heights), Thomasin McKenzie (Last Night in Soho), Lea Seydoux (France), Salome Dewaels (Lost Illusions), Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye), Emilia Jones (CODA), Alicia Vikander (The Green Knight), Ani Karseladze (What do we see when we look up at the sky?)

Supporting Actor

Peter Capaldi, Benediction
Vincent Lindon, Titane
Masaki Okada, Drive my Car
Kodi Smith-McPhee, The Power of the Dog
Jeffrey Wright, The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun

Runner-ups: Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog), Adrien Brody (The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun), Willem Dafoe (The Card Counter), Jeremy Irvine (Benediction), Troy Kotsur (CODA), Xavier Dolan (Lost Illusions), Bradley Cooper (Licorice Pizza), Herbert Nordum (The Worst Person in the World), Matt Smith (Last Night in Soho), Lambert Wilson (Benedetta), Vincent Lacoste (Lost Illusions), J.K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos), Benecio del Toro (The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun), Kumail Nanjiani (The Eternals), Simon Russell Beale (Benediction), Simon Helberg (Annette), Ethan Darbone (Red Rocket), Bill Murray (The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun), Gerard Depardieu (Lost Illusions), David Alvarez (West Side Story), Andre Holland (Passing), Oscar Isaac (Dune), Alexander Skarsgard (Passing), Ralph Ineson (The Green Knight), Terrence Stamp (Last Night in Soho),

Supporting Actress

Reika Kirishima, Drive my Car
Toko Miura, Drive my Car
Cate Blanchett. Nightmare Alley
Ruth Negga, Passing
Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog

Runner-ups: Kathryn Hunter (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Ariana DeBose (West Side Story ), Marion Cotillard (Annette), Gabrielle Sanz (Petite Maman), Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter), Frances McDormand (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Rooney Mara (Nightmare Alley), Caitriona Balfe (Belfast), Frances McDormand (The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun), Luisa Ranieri (The Hand of God), Lea Seydoux (The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun), Cecile de France (Lost Illusions), Meryl Streep (Don’t Look Up), Christine Ebersole (Licorice Pizza), Marlee Matlin (CODA), Milena Smit (Parallel Mothers), Bree Elrod (Red Rocket), Diana Rigg (Last Night in Soho), Rita Moreno (West Side Story), Jeanne Balibar (Lost Illusions), Suzanna Son (Red Rocket), Tilda Swinton (The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun), Brenda Deiss (Red Rocket), Natalia Traven (Cry Macho),

*Juvenile performance of the year

As it turned out, I agreed with the Academy on five nominations, which is certainly not the worst record they've had.
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my choices-

Bradley Cooper in Nightmare Alley
Alana Haim in Licorice Pizza
Jude Hill in Belfast
Cate Blanchett in Nightmare Alley
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Grant Withers and Mary Astor are brilliant together in this one scene in Other Men's Women (1931). I won't say anything more about it but if there is such a thing as a bucket scene, this is one of them. The movie itself is a bomb. The scene starts at about the 15 minute mark and goes to about 23 minutes. No other scenes by them except at the very end, a very short one. (See that too) It was recently shown on TCM and it may come back. Please watch for it.
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skimpole wrote: January 9th, 2023, 5:13 am
Supporting Actor

Peter Capaldi, Benediction
Totally agree with your choice from my favorite movie of the year. I've read a lot of Sassoon's work, both the poetry and the semi-autobiographical Sherston books, and was happy to see a film about at least part of his life made so well. That final scene on the bench: heartbreaking.
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Oh, per year. One example each year. Oh well, so much for that.
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1930

Actor- Lew Ayres in All Quiet On The Western Front
Actress- N/A
Supporting Actor- Boris Karloff in The Criminal Code
Supporting Actress- Lillian Roth in Animal Crackers
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more from the 1930s-

1931

Actor- Fredric March in Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde
Actress-Irene Dunne in Cimarron
Supporting Actor- Dwight Frye in Dracula
Supporting Actress- Miriam Hopkins in Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

1932
Actor-Lee Tracy in Blessed Event
Actress- Ann Dvorak in Three On A Match
Supporting Actor-Leslie Banks in The Most Dangerous Game
Supporting Actress- Eva Moore in The Old Dark House

1933
Actor- Claude Rains in The Invisible Man
Actress- Barbara Stanwyck in Baby Face
Supporting Actor- Robert Armstrong in King Kong
Supporting Actress- Aline MacMahon in Gold Diggers Of 1933

1934
Actor- Clark Gable In It Happened One Night
Actress-Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night
Supporting Actor- Henry Kleinbach in Babes In Toyland
Supporting Actress- Charlotte Henry in Babes In Toyland

1935
Actor- Charles Laughton in Mutiny On The Bounty
Actress-Constance Bennett in After Office Hours
Supporting Actor- Ernest Thesiger in Bride Of Frankenstein
Supporting Actress- Frances Drake in Mad Love
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Love your choices of Eva Moore ("No beds!") and Ernest Thesiger. Btw, Eva Moore was Laurence Olivier's mother-in-law. Her daughter was Jill Edmond, who was married to Olivier 1930-1940. Ernest Thesiger was from an aristocratic family. His grandfather was the 1st Lord Chelmsford.
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1936

Ruth Chatterton, Walter Huston, and Mary Astor (all three for that year)
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the rest of the 1930s-

1936

Actor- Clark Gable in San Francisco
Actress- Irene Dunne in Show Boat
Supporting Actor-Paul Robeson in Show Boat
Supporting Actress- Bonita Granville in These Three

1937
Actor-Fredric March in A Star Is Born
Actress- Luise Rainer in The Good Earth
Supporting Actor-Humphrey Bogart in Dead End
Supporting Actress- Claire Trevor in Dead End

1938
Actor- James Cagney in Angels With Dirty Faces
Actress- Katherine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby
Supporting Actor- Basil Rathbone in The Adventures Of Robin Hood
Supporting Actress- May Whitty in The Lady Vanishes

1939
Actor- Henry Fonda in Young Mr Lincoln
Actress- Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind
Supporting Actor-Bela Lugosi in Son Of Frankenstein
Supporting Actress-Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard Of Oz
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First half of the 1940s-

1940

Actor-Henry Fonda in The Grapes Of Wrath
Actress- Bette Davis in The Letter
Supporting Actor-Walter Brennan in The Westerner
Supporting Actress- Judith Anderson in Rebecca

1941
Actor- Orson Welles in Citizen Kane
Actress- Barbara Stanwyck in Ball Of Fire
Supporting Actor- Laird Cregar in I Wake Up Screaming
Supporting Actress- Mary Astor in The Maltese Falcon

1942
Actor- Henry Fonda in The Ox Bow Incident
Actress- Bette Davis in Now Voyager
Supporting Actor- Dana Andrews in The Ox Bow Incident
Supporting Actress- Gladys Cooper in Now Voyager

1943
Actor- Joseph Cotten in Shadow Of A Doubt
Actress- Teresa Wright in Shadow Of A Doubt
Supporting Actor- Vincent Price in The Song Of Bernadette
Supporting Actress- Louise Albritton in Son Of Dracula

1944
Actor- Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity
Actress- Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity
Supporting Actor- Claude Rains in Mr Skeffington-Clifton Webb in Laura (tie)
Supporting Actress- Elena Verdugo in House Of Frankenstein
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the rest of the 1940s-

1945
Actor- Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend
Actress- Judy Garland in The Clock
Supporting Actor- Howard da Silva in The Lost Weekend
Supporting Actress- Margaret Rutherford in Blithe Spirit

1946
Actor- James Stewart in It's A Wonderful Life
Actress- Ingrid Bergman in Notorious
Supporting Actor-Victor Mature in My Darling Clementine
Supporting Actress- Kim Hunter in Stairway To Heaven

1947
Actor- William Powell in Life With Father
Actress- Joan Crawford in Possessed
Supporting Actor- Edmund Gwenn in Miracle On 34th Street
Supporting Actress- Wanda Hendrix in Ride The Pink Horse

1948
Actor- Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre
Actress- Olivia de Havilland in The Snake Pit
Supporting Actor- Walter Huston in The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre
Supporting Actress- Jarmila Novotna in The Search

1949
Actor-Kirk Douglas in Champion
Actress- Olivia de Havilland in The Heiress
Supporting Actor- Arthur Kennedy in Champion
Supporting Actress- Betty Garrett in On The Town
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Big task. I'm going to limit myself to actor and actress, by year. I haven't seen a WHOLE lot of movies predating 1933, but I'll still try from 1931 (I just don't know enough about 1930, besides Wings). Some of these were harder than I thought they'd be. Some powerhouse years in there!

1931 - Bela Lugosi, Dracula
Garbo, Mata Hari

1932 - Gable/Harlow, Red Dust Honorable mention: Mae West, She Done Him Wrong

1933 - Warner Baxter, Penthouse
Harlow again, Dinner at Eight

1934 - Easy one: Powell/Loy, The Thin Man

1935 - Spencer Tracy, Whipsaw
Katharine Hepburn, Sylvia Scarlett

1936 - Gary Cooper, Mr Deeds Goes to Town (Just edging out William Powell in My Man Godfrey)
Carole Lombard, My Man Godfrey

1937 - Gotta go with the power couple again. Powell/Loy, After the Thin Man

1938 - Errol Flynn, Robin Hood
Katharine Hepburn, Bringing up Baby This was a good year for film. I could easily pick Holiday for Hepburn and Grant, as well as Grant over Flynn for this movie.

1939 - Again Bill Powell and Myrna Loy, Another Thin Man

1940 - Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday

1941 - Joel McCRea, Sullivan's Travels (Sorry again Bill Powell, not this time; I love this movie)
Myrna Loy, Shadow of the Thin Man

1942 - Gary Cooper, The Pride of the Yankees
Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca

1943 - Joel McCrea and Jean Arthur, The More the Merrier

1944 - Cary Grant, Arsenic and Old Lace
Gene Tierney, Laura

1945 - Ray Milland, The Lost Weekend
Dorothy McGuire, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

1946 - James Stewart and Donna Reed, It's a Wonderful Life

1947 - Danny Kaye, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Myrna Loy, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

1948 - Cary Grant and Myrna Loy, Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House

1949 - Tracy/Hepburn, Adam's Rib

1950 - Cheating with two women and no male actor: Gloria Swanson, Sunset Blvd and Anne Baxter, All About Eve

1951 - Bogey/Hepburn, The African Queen

1952 - Cary Grant, Monkey Business
Debbie Reynolds, Singin' in the Rain

1953 - Gregory Peck, Roman Holiday
Marilyn Monroe, Niagara

1954 - Marlon Brando, On The Waterfront
Judy Holliday, It Should Happen to You

1955 - James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause
Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch

1956 - James Stewart, The Man Who Knew Too Much
Marilyn Monroe, Bus Stop

1957 - Cary Grant, An Affair to Remember
Audrey Hepburn, Love in the Afternoon

1958 - Cary Grant, Houseboat
Kim Novak, Vertigo

1959 - Cary Grant, North by Northwest (also Rock Hudson, Pillow Talk, and hell, Jack Lemmon in Some Like it Hot)
Marilyn Monroe, Some Like it Hot (also Doris Day, Pillow Talk! :))

1960 - Jack Lemmon/Shirley MacLaine, The Apartment

I think I'll stop with 1960 for now, and revisit this later for 1960 and beyond.
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on to 1950s-

1950
Actor- William Holden in Sunset Blvd
Actress- Eleanor Parker in Caged
Supporting Actor- George Sanders in All About Eve
Supporting Actress- Hope Emerson in Caged

1951
Actor- Kirk Douglas in Detective Story
Actress- Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire
Supporting Actor- Karl Malden in A Streetcar Named Desire
Supporting Actress- Jan Sterling in Ace In The Hole

1952
Actor- Gary Cooper in High Noon
Actress- Shirley Booth in Come Back Little Sheba
Supporting Actor- Donald O'Connor in Singin In The Rain
Supporting Actress- Marie Windsor in The Narrow Margin

1953
Actor- Montgomery Clift in From Here To Eternity
Actress- Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday
Supporting Actor- Frank Sinatra in From Here To Eternity
Supporting Actress- Thelma Ritter in Pickup On South Street

1954
Actor- Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront
Actress- Judy Garland in A Star Is Born
Supporting Actor- Karl Malden in On The Waterfront
Supporting Actress- Eva Marie Saint in On The Waterfront
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1939

Actor -- Ronald Colman in The Light that Failed
Actress -- Bette Davis in Dark Victory
Supporting Actor -- Nigel Bruce in The Hound of the Baskervilles (his first appearance as Dr. Watson)
Supporting Actress -- Gladys George in The Roaring Twenties
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