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06 Apr 2021 11:55 a.m. PST
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Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2021 4:22 p.m. PST

You know whom I'm talking aboutó that actress who over-emotes so much she's got to be on a hidden hydration IV to recover all those lost, fake tears. Or, maybe it's the oppositeó she treats a tragic scene like a phone call to a delicatessen, and romance like she's looking at a mediocre meal. But there she is, her name in lights, leadin-lady, top-billing, head on the poster, cover of People, over and over and over. Bleh.

(Yes, this is the companion to the Worst A-list Actor poll.)

Nominations open (for the record, my wife chose most of these):

Jennifer Aniston
Halle Berry
Nicole Kidman
Brie Larson
Melissa McCarthy
Demi Moore
Meryl Streep (my wife can't stand her, Oscars or not)
Hilary Swank
Charlize Theron
Reese Witherspoon
Renee Zellweger

For the record, I do not argue with my wife on things like this.

Time to add your own!

Robert Burke05 Apr 2021 4:45 p.m. PST

I can't believe your wife has never seen a Julia Roberts movie.

14Bore05 Apr 2021 4:52 p.m. PST

It's a hard choice, especially tossing in Julie Roberts.
Need to think on it.

Tortorella Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2021 5:11 p.m. PST

I'm going with Julia Roberts.

jedburgh05 Apr 2021 5:13 p.m. PST

Would not include Halle Berry. Does not take herself that seriously. How many of that lot would turn up to accept a Razzie?

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2021 5:28 p.m. PST

Where did you get your list, or your definition of "A-list" actresses? grin
Melissa McCarthy???

emckinney05 Apr 2021 7:59 p.m. PST

"Melissa McCarthy???"

Money arrives in shipping containers.

Zephyr105 Apr 2021 9:00 p.m. PST

Anne Hathaway. Doesn't play memorable characters imo…

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2021 10:28 p.m. PST

Kristen Stewart

Thresher0105 Apr 2021 11:54 p.m. PST

Yea, I wouldn't put Melissa on an "A-list" actress list.

Not sure Reese belongs their either, and some of the others I don't really know – recognize the names (have heard them before), but not sure they are "A-list" either.

Martin Rapier06 Apr 2021 2:49 a.m. PST

Same comment as on the other thread, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman can at least act (and do it very well well), even if you don't like them for other reasons.

Strangely my wife also hates Meryl Streep, I've no idea why as she can't explain it in rational terms.

RittervonBek06 Apr 2021 3:03 a.m. PST

Meghan Markle……

Bob the Temple Builder06 Apr 2021 5:49 a.m. PST

I've always subscribed to the view that there are film STARS and film actors/actresses. The former are themselves in every film that they are in and the latter play different characters … often with different voices/accents.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2021 6:56 a.m. PST

While I quite like Julia Robarts definitely a contender

General Kirchner06 Apr 2021 11:02 a.m. PST

brie larson for sure

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian06 Apr 2021 11:49 a.m. PST

Gisele BŁndchen
Megan Fox
Denise Richards
Elizabeth Berkley
Lindsay Lohan
Jessica Alba
Sarah Jessica Parker
Jennifer Lopez
Kim Kardashian
Keira Knightley
Katherine Heigl
Cameron Diaz
Paris Hilton
Bo Derek

14Bore06 Apr 2021 12:12 p.m. PST

Decided Julia Roberts

epturner Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2021 1:42 p.m. PST


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Meryl Streep? Really? Might as well throw Helen Mirren and Dame Judy Dench on the pyre while she's at it.

Renee Zellweger in Cold Mountain was wonderful.

As a general rule, Leading Women have it much harder in the industry than their male counterparts.

My wife and daughter are both actors and my wife is also an acting and voice teacher/coach. From her perspective, it's about how much the actor researches the character and what choices they make. The Director may negate that choice, because it doesn't jibe with their "vision" of the character, and I think that's where you see some poor choices by actors who are otherwise quite good.

Some actors do better in different mediums. Stage, small screen, and big screen really are very different. My wife is flipping amazing on stage, but she really doesn't like doing theatre. She would rather be on the small screen.

Just my opinion. YMMV.


emckinney06 Apr 2021 1:53 p.m. PST

"Kristen Stewart"

Try Camp X-Ray and Welcome to the Rileys.

Not sure she's A-list, but those two small films show her in a much better light.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2021 2:02 p.m. PST

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Zellweger was my choice, by the way. I did so because while I generally like her performances, she has a tendency to fall into repeated shtickó the wrinkle-nosed pout is a constant goto for her which she overdoes.

By the way, for the record, I actually do have a background as an actor and theater director, both in college and in real life, so I greatly appreciate the skill and work that goes into acting. I suppose at some point I recognize that all actors and actresses can wind up outside their best rolesó and it's light fun to poke at that from time to time. Name an actress (or an actor) and one can find a role in which they were an over-the-top turkey in need of a good basting.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2021 6:13 p.m. PST

Gisele BŁndchen
Megan Fox
Denise Richards
Elizabeth Berkley
Lindsay Lohan
Jessica Alba
Sarah Jessica Parker
Jennifer Lopez
Kim Kardashian
Keira Knightley
Katherine Heigl
Cameron Diaz
Paris Hilton
Bo Derek

A-list? Which ones???
How many are currently working?

HMS Exeter06 Apr 2021 7:52 p.m. PST

While not an A list, I thought Rihanna stole Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Legionarius07 Apr 2021 8:50 a.m. PST

Relevance to wargaming???

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2021 9:49 a.m. PST

Relevance to Wargaming???

Haven't been here long, have you?

Blackhorse MP07 Apr 2021 10:50 a.m. PST

Perhaps there might be a smidgen of relevance when a Wargame category is added to the Oscars.

walkabout Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2021 5:02 p.m. PST

Keira Knightly has 3 movies released in 2019, one in 2020 and one just completed. That's better than most.


Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2021 9:12 p.m. PST

"Elizabeth Berkley"

Now you're just dating yourself!

BillyNM07 Apr 2021 10:43 p.m. PST

C'mon guys, you don't realise how well off you are… think about The Fall of the Roman Empire or El Cid, both truly epic films except for those scenes with Sophia Loren who brings all the action to a shuddering halt with her OTT pouting that passes for acting.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2021 8:51 a.m. PST

I thought that "10" was a hilarious Dudley Moore/Blake Edwards comedy, except when Bo Derek showed up. Gorgeous of course, but she derailed the comedy.
I went to see it for the cheesecake, of course, but ended up grumbling every time she showed up.

But that was many years ago. Bo is now famous for still being hot in her 60s, but I honestly can't remember having seen her in a movie in years.

rmaker09 Apr 2021 1:57 p.m. PST

Is this just limited to the current crop, or can I nominate Marion Davies?

14Bore10 Apr 2021 9:21 a.m. PST

John yeah we need something to banter about while others are deciding their move don't we?

Sundance10 Apr 2021 2:21 p.m. PST

They're a bunch of people playing make believe who think they are special. None of them have any talent.

von Schwartz ver 210 Apr 2021 4:30 p.m. PST

No one mentioned our favorite, Hanoi Jane.

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