Friday, April 10, 2015

Top 10 Favorite CinSpec Acting Classes

Ingrid Bergman is in two of my favorite classes.

I've compiled a list of my favorite groups of personal acting winners by year. These are essentially based on each individual performance and how it compares the rest of the "class" of that year, though making this list wasn't an exact science. It was hard to narrow it down to ten, but here are my favorites right now.

Note: Names rotate clockwise in the photos.

10. 1943
(Bogart, Bergman, Coburn, Baxter)

9. 2006
(Law, Cruz, Mackie, Kikuchi)

8. 1999
(Winstone, Belmont, Cruise, Kidman)

7. 1940
(Grant, Leigh, Morgan, Hussey)

6. 1958
(Stewart, Taylor, Martin, Hiller)

5. 2014
(Hoffman, Dorval, Mendelsohn, Wasikowska)

4. 1967
(Newman, Deneuve, Hackman, Bancroft)

3. 1990
(Baldwin, Dern, Oldman, Bening)

2. 1993
(Thewlis, Binoche, Fiennes, Paquin)

1. 1946
(Stewart, Bergman, Rains, Bacall)


  1. Anna Paquin <3! These posts are awesome.

  2. I wish I knew which movies go with which performance, I only knew a few of them. WOW, your #1 pick of Stewart, Bergman, Rains, Bacall is full of four amazing performers. I also love your 1943 pick w/ the two leads of Casablanca!

    1. Oh, sorry Ruth. I didn't even think about that.

      Here you go:

      Bogart & Bergman, Casablanca
      Coburn, The More the Merrier
      Baxter, Five Graves to Cairo


      Law, Breaking and Entering
      Cruz, Volver
      Mackie, Half Nelson
      Kikuchi, Babel

      Winstone & Belmont, The War Zone
      Cruise, Magnolia
      Kidman, Eyes Wide Shut

      Grant, His Girl Friday
      Leigh, Waterloo Bridge
      Morgan, The Shop Around the Corner
      Hussey, The Philadelphia Story

      Stewart, Vertigo
      Taylor, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
      Martin, Some Came Running
      Hiller, Separate Tables

      Hoffman, A Most Wanted Man
      Dorval, Mommy
      Mendelsohn, Starred Up
      Wasikowska, Only Lovers Left Alive

      Newman, Cool Hand Luke
      Deneuve, Belle de Jour
      Hackman, Bonnie and Clyde
      Bancroft, The Graduate

      Baldwin, Miami Blues
      Dern, Wild at Heart
      Oldman, State of Grace
      Bening, The Grifters

      Thewlis, Naked
      Binoche, Three Colors: Blue
      Fiennes, Schindler's List
      Paquin, The Piano

      Stewart, It's a Wonderful Life
      Bergman & Rains, Notorious
      Bacall, The Big Sleep

    2. Thank you for that list!! Would you include it in your future acting classes posts? Oooh totally agree w/ It's a Wonderful Life. Boy I still need to see Three Colors, esp since I love Binoche too. Speaking of Binoche, stay tuned for my review of 'Clouds of Sils Maria.'

    3. No problem! I can include it, but I'm not planning anymore acting classes posts at the moment. Oh, Binoche is amazing! :)

  3. Yesssss love these lineups! Great number one. Also, our 1993 lineup is almost the same, except I have Hunter for The Piano instead of Binoche, but Binoche is perfect in Blue.

    1. Thanks! Oh, Hunter is excellent in The Piano. I love that she's your winner.

  4. 1940, 1958 and 2014 are delicious!

    Love that you're doing this, bro. Such fun.

    1. Ranking these was a nightmare, but it was fun trying. Like, 1940, 1958 and 2014 could easily be higher. :)

  5. I need to see The Grifters, I keep seeing praise for it in the blogosphere :)

    1. Thanks for all of the comments, Chris! :)

      You should definitely check out The Grifters. It's a fun movie with great performances from Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening.