my vote: Nicholson. I’m not a huge Jack fan, but you gotta give credit where credit is due. Nicholson could win this tournament and it wouldn’t surprise me and nor should it. His career has been long and is littered with successful films, and Nicholson may always be playing “Jack” but he still manages to surprise folks with his character work.
my vote: Newman. The longevity may be an unfair advantage but it is certainly still an advantage. If Phoenix is able to continue for a while at his current pace, he could pass him, but Newman was terrific for decades, plus his poppyseed salad dressing is to die for.
my vote: They’ve had relatively similar careers in an odd sort of way. Both burst onto the scene in the late 80s, both dedicate themselves to their roles in a way that goes beyond necessary and into the ludicrous realm. Bale has been incredible and there doesn’t seem to be any slowing him down… but when DDL announces his next project it’s a drop-everything-around-you-and-pay-the-fuck-attention… so I’ll have to cast my vote for DDL.
my vote: Hanks. Hanks, Hanks, Hanks. Thanks, T-Hanks, for all you’ve done. Tom Hanks has evolved over the years in a way that you can’t ignore. He’s always been him, delivering the same white-male-protagonist role, but he’s gone from comedy to drama to action to science fiction to being in shock after being kidnapped by pirates. The last ten minutes of Captain Phillips reminded everyone just how brilliant Hanks is.
(replacing #3 Morgan Freeman) is Robin Williams vs. #6 Steve Buscemi
my vote: It doesn’t matter that Freeman is out, he had no chance against Buscemi. From a raw talent level, Buscemi is hard to compete with. He’s terrific in comedies, terrifying in thrillers, and powerful in dramatic work. All this could be said for Robin Williams as well. Buscemi’s work as an actor has been terrific his whole career, but he’s never given a performance as good as Williams did in Good Will Hunting. I wanna pick both, so I’m going to abstain and let y'all decide.
my vote: PSH. Cruise is an underrated actor. Too many of y'all harp on him but he really is one of the greats. I like that these two have met each other on screen in Magnolia (victory to Cruise in that film) and in Mission: Impossible 3 (victory to Hoffman there). PSH was incredible, and will always remain one of my favorite actors.
my vote: I’ll admit it, I purposely put Oldman as an underdog against Depp because I don’t care much for Depp but I love Oldman. When Kingsley is on point, few could compete. He’s terrifying in Sexy Beast, but Oldman more consistently impresses. So my pick goes with Mr. Oldman.