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Michelle Williams is the finest actor (male or female) of her generation.

Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by Palatine, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Palatine

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    Not even close. She dragged Casey Affleck to an AA with a one note performance. She is in Katherine Hepburn territory. She makes Streep look like a lightweight. In 50 years she will be consider the best of a time.
     
  2. progrocks

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    She was a crap Sally Bowles.
     
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    Agree. She was outstanding in “All the Money in the World”.

    I read that they reshot the movie with Christopher Plummer so that Kevin Spacey’s baggage wouldn’t detract from her award chances.
     
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    intlzncster tapped out ya'll

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    If you said American Actress, then we might be able to have an argument, but of all actors and actresses, there's a number better imo.

    Not sure how you are defining "her generation", but thinking quickly of people around her age: Tom Hardy, Leo, Christian Bale , and Chiwetel Ejiofor all come to mind.
     
  5. nelsonmuntz

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    This is a tough statement to make. Entertainment is so much more fragmented than it was 25 years ago. 25 years ago, each studio would put out a handful of oscar bait movies every year, and the same actors and actresses were cast in all of them. With dozens of independent distributors plus cable outlets that are producing high quality films and television, the industry is very different. Ironically, Harvey Weinstein really changed Hollywood for the better, not just through Miramax, but through all the copycat companies. There is a lot more opportunity now than there was before.

    Claire Danes is killing it on Homeland. Nicole Kidman's scenes with Alexander Skarsgard in Big Little Lies were amazing. Her character has gotten a little nutty in the last season or two, but Maisie Williams crushed it in seasons 2 through 4 of Game of Thrones. Emmy Rossum has done a great job with a very tough role on Shameless.

    Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway are both excellent. Natalie Portman is all over the place, but when she is good, she is very good. She does face plant on occasion.

    I like Michelle Williams, and I think that the cast carried Brokeback Mountain. That movie could have gone very badly with a weaker cast. I don't know if I would say that she is categorically the best actress.

    I do think Laura Dern sucks. She doesn't just chew the scenery, she devours it, and there is almost never a scene with her in it where I don't wish she would stop mugging for the camera. She is just scalitoing terrible, and I don't get why anyone thinks she is talented.
     
  6. Palatine

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    One the male side, Daniel Day Lewis is far better than any the males you mentioned.

    On the female side Cate Blancett and, perhaps, Emily Blunt, have great acting chops and would be in the first tier with Michelle. But neither of them has the range, depth or is as natural as Williams.

    As I said, this will play out over decades. But I think we are seeing something special here. She already has four Oscar nominations and could have more. I expect her career will outdistance them all.

    She deserved to win just based on these three minutes alone.

     
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    I was just picking guys with a similar age (proxy for similar generation). There's a number of guys older who are better than most of the guys I mentioned.

    DDL is one of the best I've ever seen. He's 23 years older than MW though.
     
  8. Palatine

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    Fair point.