Aug 09 2010

Five Actors Who Could Get Lifetime Achievement Awards Right Now

Published by at 1:00 pm under Columns,Editorials,Movies

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Surprisingly enough when I looked at the list of Lifetime Achievement Award winners in past Oscar shows there is smaller percentage on this list that are actors than I had thought.  Granted the main focus of the show itself is acting and movies so I guess dues must be paid elsewhere.  Still though, I’m curious how many actors will win this award by the time I pass on.

It’s about the most prestigious honor you can get as an actor or anyone in film so I suppose some criteria is necessary.  Most people who get this award are generally a bit older.  Clearly they’ve got a history.  But more importantly they are influential both on and off the camera.

Here are five actors who could get lifetime achievement awards right now

Al Pacino

Pacino

When you’re the star of The Godfather it’s almost automatic but let’s not get cute.  Clearly the man has had some roles other than playing an Italian Gangster.  Personally I think his performance in Scent of a Woman was legendary.   The man has been acting since 1968.  He’s won an Oscar and he’s done very little in the line of crappy movies.  Amazingly too?  He’s only got 46 credits for his movie career.  Pretty crazy huh?

Meryl Streep

Streep

I can only assume it’s a matter of time before Streep wins this award.  Not only is she one of the best actresses ever, she’s one of the best actors ever, period.  Every single thing this woman is in her performance is dead on awesome.  Also, I think she just seems like a great person no?  She’s always humble and yet has a confidence.  The woman knows how to take it all in stride and I’d love to see her give an acceptance speech.

Clint Eastwood

Eastwood

Well, he already got one from the DGA so he might as well get one from the Academy.  The man could easily get an award for his directing alone, not to mention he’s a hell of a composer.  But if you go back to his Westerns to Dirty Harry to Gran Torino, Eastwood has had a hell of a tough guy career.  I’d put him right up there with John Wayne

Anthony Hopkins

Hopkins

Hell this is a guy who thought about quitting acting a few years ago.  Sir Anthony is an obvious choice.  He’s classy.  He’s well spoken.  His “fava beans” line is one of if not the most popular lines in cinematic history.  Not only would he kick ass with his speech, he’s clearly got the resume.

Robert De Niro

De Niro

If we could just remove all the comedies De Niro has ever been in with the exception of Meet the Parents I would feel a bit stronger about this selection.  I mean from the 70’s to late 90’s there aren’t too many known actors more known than Robert De Niro.  And you’d think he’s just this gangster type guy but that’s totally wrong.  Look at Taxi Driver, Cape Fear, Heat, Deer Hunter, you name it.  He can act.  Period.

*I was debating putting Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman on here but I’m not 100% sure they’re are versatile as the other actors on here.  Tough call though.





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13 responses so far

  • illeaturfamily

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  • Guy Incognito

    You should take a look at this list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_B._DeMille_Award. This is an annual lifetime achievement award given out at the Academy Awards every year and you’ll find that Eastwood, Pacino and Hopkins have all received it. You are right though that Meryl Streep in particular is a notable absense and DeNiro certainly deserves one also.

  • Guy Incognito

    Woops I just noticed it’s actually a Golden Globe award, not from the Academy. Nevertheless, worth a look.

  • MergedLoki

    I’d put eastwood above john wayne.

    John wayne is to movies as will ferrell is to comedy.

    in that it’s the SAME role in EVERY movie.

    eastwood could (can? is he stll acting?) act.

    john wayne… not so much.

  • Henry

    Firefox is telling me everytime I try to click to read your blog entries that they’re attack pages and blocks me out. What gives?!

  • Jeff

    Lifetime achievement Oscars are often given to people that have never won. It’s like a consolation prize after a lifetime of losing, hence Peter O’Toole, Paul Newman (right before he actually did win Best Actor), Buster Keaton, Cary Grant, etc.

  • Galahad

    Same as Henry, I keep getting attack site warnings and it won;t let me read further. I gotta use IE to read the site.

  • madboymatt

    Here are 5 more:

    Robert Duvall

    Gene Hackman

    Diane Keaton

    Judi Dench

    Dustin Hoffman

  • Uncoolaidman

    Sorry, but John Wayne should be honored to even be considered close to Clint Eastwood. I’ve seen a few John Wayne movies and none have impressed me in the least.

    Anyway, I’d suggest Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Daniel Day-Lewis. I know Lewis is still fairly young, and has not been in many movies, but he is a crazy good actor and I think by the end of his career that he will be more than deserving.

  • goldstoner

    I agree with Caine and Freeman deserving Lifetime Achievement Awards

    I’d add Jack Nicholson to that list, he’s the most nominated actor at the Oscar’s of all time and has had a best Actor Nomination in 5 different decades.

    And this is probably just me and this may cause some controversy but I’d but Bill Murray on the list as well, he’s one of THE best comedic actors of all time and his serious roles in recent years have been top notch as well

    Could any one else see Edward Norton, Christian Bale and Leonardo Di Caprio as possible candidates in the future )obviously if they carry on in the same vein!)?

  • Uncoolaidman

    I could see Di Caprio and Norton being recognized. Thing is, what is Norton’s most recent great role? I like the Illusionist which kind of flew under the radar since it came out around the same time as The Prestige, which is the superior film, but the Illusionist is worth a look. He needs to pick up the pace. Norton is fully capable of giving oscar worthy performances, he just needs a good project.

    Another suggestion I would have is Russell Crowe, sure he is in a bit of a slump recently with Robin Hood, and two forgettable films, Body of Lies and State of Play, but he still has one of the best track records of all actors/actresses for starring in good movies.

    Way down the road I could see George Clooney and Brad Pitt receiving attention. For George, just don’t think about Batman and Robin. He has proven to be a tremendous actor, and a great contributor behind the camera as well. There is a similar situation with Pitt. Though he has more to prove I think in a producer type role. Though helping produce The Departed is not a bad start. Not to mention playing Tyler Durden, and some other great roles in Twelve Monkeys, Benjamin Button, Babel, etc.

    But for the right now nominees… How about Helen Mirren or Tom Hanks?

  • zomgmouse

    More meaningful, arguably, than the Oscar Lifetime Achievement Award (though certainly less publicised) is the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, although it’s basically restricted to actors and directors.
    Here is a list of recipients:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFI_Life_Achievement_Award#List_of_recipients
    I find Tom Hanks having received one quite absurd, but that’s just me (Steve Martin, who hosted the ceremony, remarked that in this case it’s the “mid-life achievement award).

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