Top Ten Best Acted Scenes of All Time

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Anyway, after Thanksgiving, family visits, sick days and other distracting stuff it is time for me to focus on what I came to LA for again, what I love doing, what I need…Acting of course! So for your viewing pleasure, education, and to get in the spirit of the coming award season, I hereby present to you my personal top ten of best acted scenes…Spoilers ahead!

Annette Bening in The Kids Are Alright
In this movie Anette Bening plays one of the wives in a lesbian couple that has two kids through sperm donation. When the older kid (played my the lovely Mia Wasikowska) wants to meet her sperm donor, the family dynamic gets shaken quite a bit. In this scene Anette’s character finds out he wife has been cheating on her with sperm donor daddy.

Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones
Unfortunately I couldn’t find the scene I was looking for online, but this clip should give you a pretty good impression. The whole movie I wasn’t aware that this character of a child murderer was played by Stanly Tucci. Who I loved, but looks so different, in Easy A and Julia & Julia, among others. Check this out!

Amy Adams in Junebug
This scene really doesn’t need much of an introduction. Watch and enjoy!

Chris Cooper in American Beauty
This scene is most impressive when you’ve seen the entire movie (which you really should have!), because it’s in sharp contrast to how this character has behaved so far. It’s all fabulous…

Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network
Jesse plays Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, an annoying, unattractive asshole. And yet he makes him fascinating to watch!

Rose Byrne in Bridesmaids
It’s not too often that Oscars are handed out to comedic performances but I think this one should really not be overlooked. Rose Byrne plays Helen, a spoilt rich bitch who wants to claim the bride Lilian as her best friend, when really Annie (a fantastic Kristen Wiig) is.

Ron Franz in Into the Wild
I can’t even watch this clip now as I’m pasting it in this post because it breaks my heart every single time. I don’t know why this actor didn’t get more recognition for his work, maybe because the role wasn’t big enough, but it’s wonderful. He plays an old man with a ranch who’s taken in a young guy to work for him for a while.

Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones’ Diary
If you’re a girl, you probably knew which scene this was before you even saw the screengrab underneath. If you’re a guy, you’ve probably evaded this movie just because it’s labelled chick flick. But this is some comedy gold, regardless of weather you like Stallone movies or Grey’s Anatomy.

Christian Bale in The Machinist
Again, I couldn’t find the scene online, but this should give you an impression. This movie is best seen without knowing anything about it in advance, it’s one of my all-time faves. Christian Bale goes through an astonishing transformation in the movie, and I’m not just talking about his creep weight loss. After all, every Hollywood starlet goes through that phase…

Katherine Heigl in Grey’s Anatomy
I know, I know, you’ll just have to forgive me for putting this in here, I’m a girl who loves to cry while watching movies/TV. Anyway, I just think it’s a shame to see where Katherine Heigl’s career is going, because I believe she is a good actress and she proves it here. The acting might be big, but I believe every word. And when she says “What about me?” *dies*

Also worth mentioning: Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia, but the performance can’t be caught in one scene. It’s really her slow descent into depression. If I could find some scenes online, this portrayal would definitely have been in Katherine Heigl’s place.

How about you? What is your personal top 10 of acted scenes? Post links!

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6 responses to “Top Ten Best Acted Scenes of All Time

  1. Ben

    Hi, interesting choice of scenes you’ve put together here. My name is Ben, and I’m an actor. I’ve been watching your blog for a couple of weeks now and I’m curious, who is your favorite actor? Who is your favorite actress? And lastly, why do you want to be an actor? In return I’ll offer you my top 10 list which I’ll compile while I wait for a reply 🙂 Wishing you the best of luck in LA 😀

  2. Ben

    Some very nice chocies. Especially Hal Holbrook. Some of my favorites include Naomi Watts as Betty in that audition scene in MULHOLLAND DR. Bill Murray at the end of THE LIFE AQUATIC (“I wonder if it remembers me.”) Charlize Theron in THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE when she strips herself in the church to try to convice her husband that she was raped and that she’s not crazy. Colin Farrell in every scene in IN BRUGES (that dude is my hero). Johnny Depp always has golden comedic timing (especially in the first PIRATES OF THE CARRIBBEAN film). Angelina Jolie was phenominal throughout all of CHANGELING as well. There so many great scenes that come to mind. But these ones immediatley stood out.

  3. Felipe

    Hi! I’m a Brazilian guy who loves acting, maybe, just as much as you.
    I really liked your list, and I also think the same about Katherine Heigl, though I hated every minute of Grey’s Anatomy, she made it a little bit worthwhile.

    I would rate actresses and actors as following:

    Actors: Leonardo Di Caprio. This guy seems to be of a rare specie of actors. I think all of his movies are worth watching, specially, Revolutionary Road and Shutter Island. The man is a GOD!

    Edward Norton in Fight Club (honorable mention to Brad Pitt and Bonham Carter as well).

    Daniel Day-Lewis in There will be blood (Basterd in a basket scene is so f*cking awesome!).

    Actresses: Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road, and also in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This woman is just awesome!

    Marion Cotillard in Piaf, and also in Midnight in Paris.

    Katey Seagal in Sons of Anarchy. This is one of the best tv series i’ve seen in my whole life, and I’ve seen a lot! This woman is a mixture of great acting and also a strong and very well built character, near to perfection I would say. I dont know if you know this series, but if you dont, I suggest you to take a look at it.

    Honorable Mentions: Rachel McAdams in Midnight in Paris. Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman in Black Swan. And, of course, Mo’nique in Precious.

    For men it would be, Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine. Sam Rockwell in Conviction (maybe). James McAvoy in Atonement. And Jackie Earle Haley in both Watchmen and Shutter Island.

    I hope you check my list! See you!

  4. Katie

    Hello Miss Stars In the Eyes,
    My name is Katie. I’m eighteen years old and I moved to L.A. from Miami, Florida in July to pursue my acting career as well. I can relate to all the first time experiences you’re having out here. I wish you the very best in all that you do. Also, I was wondering if there was anything I could help you out with. As I’m sure you know, this business is all about who you know and I’d love to meet you in person. Who knows? We might work together some day 🙂 Please reply if you need someone to talk to. I look forward to hearing from you!

  5. what a cool blog you have =)

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