150 BEST ACTRESSES
1. MERYL STREEP
Career: Although this list is in no particular order, I really couldn’t begin with anyone other than the most highly regarded actress alive today, and arguably one of the very greatest of all time.
Meryl Streep crashed into the Hollywood big time in 1978 with an Oscar-nominated turn opposite fellow acting heavyweight Robert De Niro in The Deer Hunter and followed up with a best-supporting actress win a year later for Kramer vs Kramer, still regarded as one of her greatest performances to date. She has remained at the top of the game ever since, bringing her massive talent to play in films ranging from Out of Africa, The Bridges of Madison County, and Sophie’s Choice, though Devil Wears Prada, Adaptation, and August:Osage County, to the more irreverent Death Becomes Her and Mamma Mia and even vocal turns in The Simpsons and King of the Hill. She has been nominated for Academy Awards a staggering eighteen times and has won three, most recently in 2011 for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Her movies haven’t always hit the mark (though flop is a relative term when it comes to Meryl Streep), but her performances are never less than compelling. Add to that the fact that she was blazing a trail for women in Hollywood and tapping on that glass ceiling before the likes of Jennifer Lawrence & Lupita Nyong’o were even born, and her ongoing quest to make Hollywood reevaluate their priorities and give more respect to women in the industry, both in front of & behind the camera. Really, what’s not to love about Meryl?
Next up in: Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods, due out in December 2014.
Main photo by Brigitte Lacombe
150 BEST ACTORS
1. LEONARDO DICAPRIO
Career: Following an under-the-radar turn on Growing Pains, an unknown 18-year-old DiCaprio broke through into the public consciousness in 1993 when his performance as Arnie in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape threatened to steal the show from uber-talent Johnny Depp. Critically acclaimed performances followed in the likes of The Basketball Diaries and Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet, before Titanic catapulted him to the top echelons of the Hollywood A-list, where he has remained ever since. Arguably one of the two most talented & versatile actors of his generation (the other being Depp himself), he has shone in movies as diverse as Catch Me If You Can, The Aviator, Gangs of New York, Revolutionary Road, Inception, Django Unchained, Gatsby and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Despite widespread critical and audience acclaim, DiCaprio has yet to win an Academy Award. The continued passing-over of him for the Best Actor Oscar remains one of the mind-boggling mysteries of the Academy voting process.
Next up in: Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu’s The Revenant, due for release in 2015.
BREAKING: Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize
Malala, now 17, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago in her home country of Pakistan after coming to prominence for her campaigning for education for girls.
She won for what the Nobel committee called her “heroic struggle” for girls’ right to an education.
She is the youngest ever winner of the prize. (x)
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