What is the best male lead oscar winning performance in the past 20 years?

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What is the greatest male lead oscar winning performance in the past 20 years?

  1. Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour

  2. Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea

  3. Leonardo Dicaprio - The Revenant

  4. Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything

  5. Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club

  6. Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln

  7. Jean Dujardin - The Artist

  8. Colin Firth - The King's Speech

  9. Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart

  10. Sean Penn - Milk

  11. Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood

  12. Forest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland

  13. Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

  14. Jamie Foxx - Ray

  15. Sean Penn - Mystic River

  16. Adrien Brody - The Pianist

  17. Denzel Washington - Training Day

  18. Russell Crowe - Gladiator

  19. Kevin Spacey - American Beauty

  20. Roberto Benigni - Life is Beautiful

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  1. MXZT

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    Asia Argento, playing a victim

    -edit. Just saw that it was best male performance

    So I guess Russell Crowe or Ddl
    But this is sexist, Asia’s performance was far better
     
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  3. Ottawaguy

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    Whittaker was amazing in last King of Scotland.
     
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    Went DDL with There Will be Blood but thought about picking him for his role in Lincoln.
     
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    DDL baby ! TWBB..
     
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    Had to go with DDL, but Adrien Brody is a real close #2 for me. That was really the role of a lifetime for him.
     
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    Fuu...idk.
     
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    Terrence Howard in Hustle and Flow.

     
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    I went with Denzel. It was such a departure for him and he killed it. DDL is just a damn chameleon and its almost a given he is gonna kill it.
     
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    Read the list and thought fuck these suck
    THen I got to the bottom
    Lewis
    Crowe
    Washington
    Spacey

    Roll a dice or something

    Now outside these movies Washington has the most movies I like, Lewis has the best performances, and the other two are between those extremes
     
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    ufcfan4 Can't Andle The Riddum

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    DDL in There Will Be Blood is tough to beat.

    I think Casey in Manchester by the Sea is an easy top five of that list though. That performance really was something else. Scene where he and Michelle Williams (another great performance) talk to one another is some hard-hitting, emotionally impacting acting.

    Whittaker is up there as well. That scene where he blames McAvoy and says, "But you did not persuade me, Nicholas," is incredible.
     
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    I could have picked any of 5 or 9 or 12 different ones. Being 33 and having a decent memory, I remember 29 or so.
    Voted Penn, but my favourite is Denzel Washington. I watched Many years before.
     
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    I went w/ DDL's Daniel Plainview from TWBB.
    Close seconds include:
    Philip Seymour Hoffman's Capote
    Jaime Foxx's Ray Charles
    Gary Oldman's Winston Churchill
    Colin Firth - King Speech
    Jeff Bridges -Crazy Heart

    The rest were really good, but nothing special, imo.
     
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    ufcfan4 Can't Andle The Riddum

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    Foxx was awesome in that movie and is an underrated actor at this point. I thought he was great in Ali too as Bundini Brown, mainly comedic relief but has an intense dramatic scene as well.

    People forget too that he is one of the few actors to receive two Oscar nominations for acting in the same year. Best Actor for Ray and Best Supporting Actor for Collateral.

    Great call on Oldman. That was the best aspect of a good but not great movie. Terrific performance.

    Firth was tremendous (thought Rush was great in that movie too). Couldn't have been easy to do the stutter in a convincing way.
     
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    Yeah, I pretty much hate Foxx, but he is very talented.
    And agreed, Rush was the real star of that movie, but Firth's performance was harder to pull off. Did you see that Netflix movie with Rush, The Best Offer? I dug it.
     
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    Blood. There will be it
     
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    Not yet. I've got to watch more of Rush's work. Other than The King's Speech and the Pirates of the Caribbean films, I haven't seen much. I've heard his performance as Helfgott is great. He's one of those actors where I tend to forget he won a best actor oscar.
     
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    My heart says Crowe. My head says Firth.
     
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    wow, looking back, some of those are mediocre af
     
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