Movies Who is the 4 best male lead Oscar winning performances in the past 40 years?

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What's your picks?

  1. Robert De Niro - Raging Bull

    37.6%
  2. Ben Kingsley - Gandhi

    5.0%
  3. F. Murray Abraham - Amadeus

    10.9%
  4. Dustin Hoffman - Rain Man

    11.9%
  5. Daniel Day-Lewis - My Left Foot

    15.8%
  6. Anthony Hopkins - The Silence of the Lambs

    42.6%
  7. Al Pacino - Scent of a Woman

    9.9%
  8. Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump

    25.7%
  9. Nicolas Cage - Leaving Las Vegas

    9.9%
  10. Russell Crowe - Gladiator

    23.8%
  11. Denzel Washington - Training Day

    24.8%
  12. Sean Penn- Mystic River

    7.9%
  13. Jamie Foxx - Ray

    3.0%
  14. Philip Seymour-Hoffman - Capote

    5.9%
  15. Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood

    41.6%
  16. Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club

    5.9%
  17. Leonardo Dicaprio - The Revenant

    6.9%
  18. Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour

    6.9%
  19. Joaquin Phoenix - Joker

    28.7%
  20. Other (specify)

    7.9%
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  1. oddjob Brown Belt Platinum Member

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  2. Shonuffbrad Lead farmer

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    Ddl in there will be blood is one of the best performances of all time. Paul Dianno also was amazing
     
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  3. Hellowhosthat Red Belt

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    Amazing performance and kind of weird because I don't recall liking him in anything else I've seen him in
     
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    and it aint even close!
     
  5. ThinkGreen Der Übermensch

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    How did Bill the butcher not win an Oscar?
     
  6. BKMMAFAN Silver Belt

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    Hardy was amazing in the Revenant. It was glaringly obvious he was better than Leo.

    Crowe imo was fine in Gladiator. The role suited his abilities.
     
  7. John Mabrey The artist formerly known as murillaninjascrilla

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    Still haven't seen raging bull

    Went with Hannibal, denzel, gladiator and joker
     
  8. John Mabrey The artist formerly known as murillaninjascrilla

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    Leo is good but I thought he was in better roles than revenant that shoulda won the Oscars
     
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    Not only did Leo suck: he was terribly miscast. Thst raspy high voice reminded me of a kid with a cold.
     
  10. Hoof Hearted Brown Belt

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    Robert De Niro in Raging Bull is one of the greatest performances. It's a shame that The Elephant Man came out in the same year, as John Hurt deserved an Oscar for his performance as Joseph Merrick. Both those films deserved best picture and De Niro and Hurt deserved to win an Oscar.
    And Joaquin Phoenix in Joker is imo the best performance in recent memory.
     
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  11. Madmick Zugzwang Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) and Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood) were the only ones that jumped off the list at me as shoo-ins without looking further.

    Last 40 years starts us at 1980. Might help to link these at the top of your OP:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Academy_Award_Best_Actor_winners_by_age

    Based on critical acclaim and the betting odds at the time of the ceremony I'd say the biggest omission from the shortlist in the poll is Colin Firth for The King's Speech. His betting odds were ~1/33 at the time (that's 1/33, not 33/1, which means his chances of winning were predicted to be 97%).
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/doroth...ar-odds-are-on-the-kings-speech/#b0acf4426620

    For the remaining two spots it's really tough, but only because of roles before 2000. Robert De Niro for Raging Bull, Ben Kingsley for Gandhi, Anthony Hopkins for Silence of the Lambs, Tom Hanks for Philadelphia, Nicholas Cage for Leaving Las Vegas, Jack Nicholson for As Good as it Gets, Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman, Roberto Benigni for Life is Beautiful. They don't make it easy.

    I think Sean Penn in Milk is probably my favorite performance post-2000. Forest Whitaker was unbelievable in The Last King of Scotland, but he's hamstrung by the fact the film itself was probably the worst of any winners during this period. DDL was incredible in Lincoln, and Casey Affleck is probably the most underrated winner of the new century so far for Manchester by the Sea.
     
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    He should've been nominated for best supporting. He would have won
     
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    Billy Bob Thornton in sling blade. Became completely unrecognizable not through the magic of makeup, but just by contorting his face and voice and movements.

    with another actor, that character could have been a disaster. Like laughably bad.
     
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  14. IloveTHIS Humble Narcissist

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    Idk but this thread is giving me the strong urge to watch a movie
     
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    The problem with doing best supporting is he carried that entire film.
     
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    I agree. DDL stole the show but DiCaprio is the lead, he's the main character and the story revolved around him.
     
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    I don't think its fair to call leo a bad or mediocre actor. He's done enough strong performances to be considered one of the best of this generation.

    But he is overrated because of his star power. The revenant performance wasn't great.

    He was really good in blood diamond, wolf of wall street, django and heard great things about gilbert grape although never saw that one.
     
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    Daniel Day Lewis of course.
    There will be blood.
    Followed closely by Gangs of New York.
     
  19. bootsy and elsewhere

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    PSH’s depiction of Capote is absolutely masterful.
     
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    Denzel Washington in Training Day is hardly holy grail material but he will always come up in threads like this for that performance. Now take counterpart Morgan Freeman in Se7en or Kiss The Girls and not only was he the better cop he's simply more believable, personable. Over time I became more appreciative of the Se7en scene in the library. The end of Se7en here he goes again he's just raw and real. Now fast forward a couple years later and he does Kiss The Girls which is not the best movie, I will admit. Reference the whole sequence where he stumbles upon the chamber/lair in the woods and tell me that was not raw, the way he acted was just like a proficient cop would do.

    Training Day was so fking overrated it's essentially Denzel Washington running around like a carciture out of a comic book. Whenever I am watching it I cannot help but think to myself, god this man talks like an idiot.
     
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