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Top 10 Best Actor Oscar Winners

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With the 2017 89th Academy Awards a mere hours away, it felt like the right time to post a new Oscar centric list. With this one, I thought I’d tackle the Top 10 Best Actor Winners given that this year’s Best Actor category looks to be an interesting one between Casey Affleck (“Manchester By The Sea”), Denzel Washington (“Fences”), Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”) and Viggo Mortensen (“Captain Fantastic”). It must be said that this was a tough list to write. I could have easily put Dustin Hoffman (“Rain Man”), anything by Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kinglsey (“Gandhi”), Rex Harrison (“My Fair Lady”), George C. Scott (“Patton”), Yul Brynner (“The King And I”), Alec Guinness (“The Bridge On The River Kwai”)  or Ernest Borgnine (“Marty”), but at the end of the day, I went with 10 actors whose iconic performance are a huge part of film history. On with the list (which is in no particular order)!

  1. Denzel Washington- Training Day. Until this point in his career Denzel was primarily known for playing the good guy. So imagine everyone’s surprise when Denzel played a villain. Suffice it to say, the actor’s immense range was on full display with this role.
  1. Anthony Hopkins- The Silence of the Lambs. This one is a no-brainer. When it comes to movie villains, few are as memorable or terrifying as Hopkins’ Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
  1. William Holden- Stalag 17. William Holden has long been one of my favorite actors and he has never gets the attention he deserves. If you have yet to see the underrated “Stalag 17,” check it out and see one of Hollywood’s best actors at work.
  1. Robert De Niro- Raging Bull. Method acting at its finest.
  1. Jack Nicholson- One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Much like Holden, Nicholson is one of the best actors of all time. While he has a whole host of incredible performances that were or were not nominated, his wild, complex, and charismatic turn as Randle McMurphy just might be his finest work.
  1. Gregory Peck- To Kill A Mockingbird. This one goes without saying. A timeless performance for a timeless film.
  1. Jamie Foxx- Ray. To say Foxx was born to play Ray Charles is an understatement. Between his singing and his transformative acting, Foxx not only blew moviegoers away, but he changed his entire career.
  1. Tom Hanks- Forrest Gump. While Hanks is undoubtedly amazing in “Philadelphia,” few actors have roles as iconic as the titular character in “Forrest Gump.” It’s easy to take this role for granted given that is so engrained in pop culture.
  1. Marlon Brando- The Godfather. Sure, I could have gone with “On The Waterfront,” but Brando’s performance as Vito Corleone is unforgettable. Acting is about making choices and making a character your own and he certainly did that here. I can’t imagine anyone else playing this character.
  1. Humphrey Bogart- The African Queen. When creating a list of best actor winners, you simply can’t leave off Bogart. While he was known for playing Detectives and tough guys, Bogart wonderfully plays against type here as a drunken boat Captain with a soft side.

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