At the point where I write this, I list 18725 films in my spreadsheet.  Of those, a bit more than half are what I consider to be good (***), very good (***.5) or great (****).  As could probably be expected, the vast majority of acting points that I give out are from those films.  Of the remaining 8000+ films that are mediocre (**.5) or bad (** or below), only 269 of them earn points from me in any acting category.  Of those, only 98 films have a performance that earns a 4, or a performance I consider worthy or an Oscar nomination.

For an actor (no matter the gender) to have more than one performance that good in a film that bad is rare.  For someone to do it more than twice is almost unheard of.  Then there is Meryl Streep. (more…)


A Century of Film


The 100 Greatest Actors


Introduction

Much as I did with Actress, this is the list that was obviously coming, the list of the 100 Greatest Film Actors of All-Time. (more…)

So, this is a very different list than the one that will be appearing in the next post as you will already know from the Actress list.  In fact, rather than repeat the entire introduction from that post, I will just say that you should click on that link and read that intro first.  But the key to this list is that this is the favorites list, not the best, so remember that for all the bits about the actor. (more…)


A Century of Film

Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress

The Lists

Introduction

I have done two previous posts for A Century of Film, one on Best Actor and one on Best Supporting Actor.  In those two posts, I discussed the history of each award and all the various groups that give out such awards.  I also included all-time lists for points from each group based on my own point system. (more…)


A Century of Film

Actor

Lead actors, of course, have been a part of film since its history began and certainly since feature films began.  Even then, there was a great range to them.  The three greatest actors of the Silent Era were a clown, a Horror star and a man who would so straight Drama: Chaplin, Chaney and Jannings.  All three of them proved that you didn’t have to be a matinee star to be a great actor though many of the stars who would arise in the first decade of the Sound Era, stars like March, Howard, Gable and Cagney proved that it didn’t hurt if they liked how you looked either. (more…)