Here is my criteria, range, believably, power, consistency, charisma, emotion and longevity. This is a lot of my favorite actors, but who are the best.
10: Angelina Jolie, you want to talk about range? She has it in spades! From action heroes as Lara Croft, to a troubled young girl in Girl Interrupted. Angelina can play a wide variety of roles doing it with piazzas.
Best performance: Girl Interrupted.
9: Leonardo DiCaprio, a veteran who proved the naysayers wrong. Leo has been in huge blockbusters to art house favorites. Leo is going to have one heck of a long career. He can play so many roles. He isn’t the best at comedy, so that hurts his range a bit, but he can nail it when it comes to drama.
Best Performance: The Revenant
8: Daniel Day Lewis, the Oscar darling. He has put on some great performances, but some that weren’t so good. His range was also a bit limiting. His Lincoln wasn’t as good as the academy made it out to be. Still, he had one heck of a career with some great performances.
Best performance: There Will Be Blood
7: Kate Winslet, her recent roles haven’t been up to her older roles, but when she was at her peek, Kate was arguably the best actor working. She has depth and range that few have. Let’s hope she gets back on the right track.
Best Performance: Revolutionary Road
6: Johnny Depp, I know some might think this is low for him, but his current work hasn’t been as good. He excels at weird performances, but falls flat when playing a relatable character. His personal life has taken a toll on his work, so he may fall further in future lists.
Best Performance: Edward Scissorhands.
5: Frances McDormand, she is still putting on great performances and showing what kind of roles women can play. Versatile and powerful. That is how you describe Frances. She portrays strong women who have deep flaws and quirky flaws. She makes it seem natural, which is the best complement an actor can get.
Best performance: Fargo.
4: Christian Bale, like him or not, he is one heck of a talented actor. From American Psycho to Vice, Bale can tear through a part with ample intensity. Bale could’ve done better as Batman, but he has been one of the more consistent actors of the 21st century.
Best Performance: American Psycho
3: Nicole Kidman, class, elegance and charm to spare. Kidman is a legend in the making. She is the new Katherine Hepburn, yes you can quote me saying that. She can play a struggling housewife, a cold hearted nun, a mother who has lost her mind, etc,. all with ease. Kidman is a rarity and a national treasure.
Best Performance: Killing of a Sacred Deer
2: Amy Adams, easily the best actress working today. Adams has range, talent, charm, personality and intensity. Adams is so cute, but she can also be cold and intense. She can change at the drop of a hat, and we believe it.
Best Performance: American Hustle
1: Hugh Jackman, he can sing, dance and act like no other entertainer before him. Jackman is this generation’s Jack Nicholson. He can play any role. He can do musicals, family movies, play a father loosing his mind and play a super hero in the blink of an eye. Why on earth this man has never won the Oscar is beyond me. He has no equal when it comes to range and pure talent.
Best Performance: Logan