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Top 50 Actors Nomination Thread - Rendezvous with Drama

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
A project has begun. I cannot tell you what it is now but to complete it, we will need the greatest actors who have ever lived. What I will say is this will lead to the ultimate form of art across various mediums. Oh, yes, multimedia projects have existed before but I intend to make a piece of populist art that will require the greatest actors who ever lived at the height of their powers. To this end I have enlisted a number of invaluable resources. First…



A time machine capable of taking us to any actor in any era. And I’ll also need consulting from two key individuals. They are the greatest acting coach and greatest actor, respectively, and they will provide invaluable input in our search.


But the most important component is you. I need you to tell me your favourite actors to create a super-cast to send this project into the stratosphere. This may or may not be literal! That’s how ambitious we are.

So here is how this works, in case you are new to this.

1. Send me a list of your 25 favourite actors in order from favourite to least favourite (please number them)
2. The rankings will determine a point count with #1 being worth 35 points, #2 being 34 and so on.
3. I take all the lists people have sent me and add up all the numbers for entries. So if Denise Richards is #3 on one list and #25 on another, that’s worth 44 Points.
4. Then I simply tabulate them all and rank them in a top 50 list as dictated by you! The viewer.

But most people know this so let’s get to the part we all love; semantics and nitpicking. So what will be allowed to be an actor? Well…
  • To be clear, I’m not using actor in a gendered way so obviously actors or any (or no) genders is fine.
  • I’m looking for real actors and not fictional ones, please. Though “fictional performers” would probably be a fun list unto itself.
  • What about “edge cases” like “virtual actors”. Um, sure, why not.
  • That said, if there are acting VTubers or something like that, you are voting for the person behind them and not their characters.
  • Feel free to expand your ideas of actors all the same. Voice actors, radio actors. Don’t just limit yourself to stage and screen if there are other ways to do it.
  • But what is the rubrick here? Best acting? Person I most like to see? Movie star appeal? Sure, any of that. This is favourites, not objective bests. So whatever reason you like an actor, don’t worry if they are “better than ____”. What do they make YOU feel.
So try to keep your mind open all sorts of actors.



Ehhh, but use some good judgement, too.

Send me a list by Tuesday, January 18th. Note, often I tabulate slowly so this can be a soft deadline but please get it in before if you can as I cannot tell you when the real cut off is.! I can’t wait to get started n this one!

And if there's any thing I missed or if you take issue with my rubrick for whatever reason, please let me know.
 

JBear

Internet's foremost Bertolli cosplayer
(He/Him)
I'm tempted to manufacture some categorization debate, but I wouldn't want to be a bad act--*gunshot*
 

Issun

Avarice
This is easily the largest longlist I've ever had. I only have a handful of actors I absolutely love, so I wrote down a bunch of actors I really like and now it's time to spreadsheet 'em.

I'm also going to put my favorite performance by each actor on my submission, if that's okay.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
I don't mind at all. Yeah, I'm going to try to mention significant and iconic performances to be sure and I'm hoping to examine the kind of roles they play and what it says about them.
 

Torzelbaum

????? LV 13 HP 292/ 292
(he, him, his)
Feel free to expand your ideas of actors all the same. Voice actors, radio actors. Don’t just limit yourself to stage and screen if there are other ways to do it.
So would this also include people who act in YouTube or tiktok videos?
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Grappling with the perennial question of how to rank actors whose work I’ve really enjoyed who sadly turned out to be shitheads IRL…
 

Torzelbaum

????? LV 13 HP 292/ 292
(he, him, his)
I guess you could trying weighing how much you enjoyed their work versus how big of a shithead they were/are.

Or you could just leave them off - I don't think there's really a shortage of options for you to choose from. (I had over 100 names on my candidates list and I'm sure I easily could have come up with more.)
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Grappling with the perennial question of how to rank actors whose work I’ve really enjoyed who sadly turned out to be shitheads IRL…
It's certainly thing to consider. For me, this is less thorny than the original list I was going to do and still may one day; directors. My number one was never cancelled in an official sense but it's clear he should have been. But their movies are still among my favourite.
 

JBear

Internet's foremost Bertolli cosplayer
(He/Him)
Did the tough work and trimmed my ~150 member list down to only the absolute must-includes...

...and it's still at 44. >_<
 

WildcatJF

In Your Hands
(he / his / him)
I keep thinking about this and don't really know where to begin lol. Glad I got one more weekend to sort it out lol.
 

JBear

Internet's foremost Bertolli cosplayer
(He/Him)
The Top 25 that I cut from my Top 25 could itself be a Top 25 submission that I'd be perfectly happy to submit. Too many actors!
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Yep, I new this would be tough for me. It's a hard balance. Part of it was the Mari Kondo "do they spark joy" because some are like "oh, yeah, they are great" but some are more "I feel enriched for seeing their work."

I myself tried not to do too many character actors, mostly because in some time in the distant future I want to do/see a "character actors" list (and a voice actors list) but... it really is mostly character actors. And my number one is a genuine surprise to me.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Even though I mentioned the soft deadline, my gut tells me to push things back to Sunday the 23rd. Good lists so far but only four (including mine). Hoping to get a lot more.
 
I'm soon to send one but it's really tough. gotta weigh iconic actors with personal favorites, and a problem on how to deal with some of my favorite performances where the actor has done little else. I'll probably end up weighing towards stuff like that, if only because they're less likely to show up otherwise, but it's all so many decisions to make when i rarely think about actors across their entire career
 

Beta Metroid

At peace
(he/him)
I have mine narrowed to 25! Now I just need to order it (and try in vain to remember the ones that I'll inevitably bemoan forgetting once the actual event starts).
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Just to be clear, did you actually extend the deadline Johnny? I'm hoping to get a list in, but I'm still in the adding phase, what with working on the current one and all. But if we want to cut off soon I'll be sure to throw something together.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Yeah, the deadline is the 23rd. And like before, its a soft deadline because I tend to a while for tabulation (I don't know how to use excel or similar programs).
 
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