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Old 11-08-08, 10:56 PM
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Kristen Bell looks like a younger and cross-eyed version of Cheryl Hines...I don't understand the love for her....

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Old 11-09-08, 01:41 AM
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Jessica Alba
Devon Aoki
Samaire Armstrong
Morena Baccarin
Mischa Barton
Kristen Bell
Jessica Biel
Rachel Bilson
Alexis Bledel
Emily Blunt
Kate Bosworth
Hilarie Burton
Sophia Bush
Rose Byrne
Lizzy Caplan
Sarah Carter
Abbie Cornish
Claire Danes
Alexa Davalos
Rosario Dawson
Felicia Day
Kat Dennings
Zooey Deschanel
Kirsten Dunst
Eliza Dushku
Kayla Ewell
America Ferrera
Ayda Field
Megan Fox
Bethany Joy Galeotti
Summer Glau
Sprague Grayden
Eva Green
Elisabeth Harnois
Anne Hathaway
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Willa Holland
Vanessa Hudgens
Jennifer Hudson
Scarlett Johansson
Mindy Kaling
Jaime King
Keira Knightley
Kristin Kreuk
Mila Kunis
Dichen Lachman
Evangeline Lilly
Blake Lively
Lindsay Lohan
Kate Mara
Kandyse McClure
AnnaLynne McCord
Michaela McManus
Mercedes McNab
Leighton Meester
Natasha Melnick
Sienna Miller
Ellen Muth
Rachel Nichols
Ellen Page
Hayden Panettiere
Anna Paquin
Missy Peregrym
Bijou Phillips
Sarah Polley
Carly Pope
Natalie Portman
Maggie Q
Emilie de Ravin
Autumn Reeser
Christina Ricci
Katee Sackhoff
Alia Shawkat
Cobie Smulders
Jewel Staite
Kristen Stewart
Julia Stiles
Emma Stone
Yvonne Strahovski
Maurissa Tancharoen
Olivia Thurlby
Michelle Trachtenberg
Emma Watson
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Evan Rachel Wood

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Old 11-09-08, 06:13 AM
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Well gee, take them all why don't ya?

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Old 11-09-08, 07:40 AM
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Old 11-09-08, 08:40 AM
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lol @ Barry's list. Has there ever been a worse actress than Jessica Alba? Oh yes, Kirsten Dunst.

The only ones I can think of:

Natalie Portman
Christina Ricci
Rosario Dawson
Zooey Deschanel
Eva Green
Anne Hathaway
Ellen Page
Anna Paquin
Keira Knightley
Claire Danes
Katee Sackhoff (though time will tell how good she is once BSG ends)

Ones who have a lot of potential that is only just now being realized:

Kat Dennings
Jessica Biel (more Illusionist, less Chuck and Larry please)
Summer Glau
Kristen Bell
Mila Kunis

Actresses who might have some chops if they get more work and really test themselves:

Alexis Bledel
Emma Watson
Megan Fox
Lizzy Caplan
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Felicia Day
Alia Shawkat
Jewel Statie

Actresses I can never make my mind up about:

Scarlett Johansson
America Ferrera

Hell-spawn sent to destroy entertainment

Jessica Alba
Kirsten Dunst
Mischa Barton
Hayden Panettiere
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Old 11-09-08, 09:40 AM
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Somehow, I'm disturbed by the extensiveness of that last. And in alphabetical order too?
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Old 11-09-08, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Gunde View Post
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And, really, everybody on that list is the "best?" What is the grading curve here? Just be under 30 and female?

The first one I thought of was Evan Rachel Wood.

I won't dis anybody's choices here, but I certainly see some names I don't think we will see much from in the future. I think Evan Rachel Wood has a long career ahead of her. Some of them listed were listed, IMHO, for their looks more than their acting chops, or they had one half way decent movie and really haven't shown any effort to put a lot into their acting since then.
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Old 11-09-08, 10:19 AM
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I don't understand the love for Johansson. She's good when she's cast as petulant young woman like in Ghost World and Lost in Translation, but that is the absolute limit of her range. Put her in something like Black Dahlia where she needs elegance and maturity and it's like watching a little girl play dress-up.
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Old 11-09-08, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Sean O'Hara View Post
I don't understand the love for Johansson. She's good when she's cast as petulant young woman like in Ghost World and Lost in Translation, but that is the absolute limit of her range. Put her in something like Black Dahlia where she needs elegance and maturity and it's like watching a little girl play dress-up.
But Black Dahlia was bad all around. I don't think Johansson is all that, but she only does bad in movies that are bad regardless of whether she's in it. Hell, even Portman looked bad in The Other Boleyn Girl. If anything, she needs to be more selective about the jobs she takes.
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Old 11-09-08, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Barry Woodward View Post
Jessica Alba
Samaire Armstrong
Morena Baccarin
Mischa Barton
Kristen Bell
Jessica Biel
Rachel Bilson
Alexis Bledel
Emily Blunt
Kate Bosworth
Hilarie Burton
Sophia Bush
Rose Byrne
Lizzy Caplan
Sarah Carter
Abbie Cornish
Claire Danes
Alexa Davalos
Rosario Dawson
Felicia Day
Kat Dennings
Zooey Deschanel
Kirsten Dunst
Eliza Dushku
America Ferrera
Ayda Field
Megan Fox
Bethany Joy Galeotti
Summer Glau
Sprague Grayden
Eva Green
Elisabeth Harnois
Anne Hathaway
Willa Holland
Jennifer Hudson
Scarlett Johansson
Keira Knightley
Kristin Kreuk
Mila Kunis
Evangeline Lilly
Blake Lively
Kate Mara
Mercedes McNab
Sienna Miller
Ellen Muth
Rachel Nichols
Ellen Page
Hayden Panettiere
Anna Paquin
Missy Peregrym
Bijou Phillips
Sarah Polley
Carly Pope
Natalie Portman
Maggie Q
Emilie de Ravin
Autumn Reeser
Christina Ricci
Katee Sackhoff
Alia Shawkat
Cobie Smulders
Jewel Staite
Kristen Stewart
Julia Stiles
Emma Stone
Yvonne Strahovski
Michelle Trachtenberg
Emma Watson
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Evan Rachel Wood
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
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Old 11-09-08, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by iamiam View Post
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Such a quotable movie.

Keira Knightley
Natalie Portman
Anne Hathaway
Ellen Page
Summer Glau
Katee Sackhoff
Rosario Dawson
Eva Green
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I don't think anybody mentioned Abigail Breslin. I know she's very young, but she's likely better than 90% of the people mentioned so far.
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I don't think anybody mentioned Abigail Breslin. I know she's very young, but she's likely better than 90% of the people mentioned so far.
She's got the cute factor, sure, but I don't think she's necessarily a better actress. I think she's in the "wait and see" category.
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I do wonder if Scarlett Johansson has lost it or if she is just terrible at picking roles. A lot of actors have won the admiration of the audience, and made a good career, out of basically playing themselves, but someone seems to be pushing Scarlett into all of these period pieces and other roles that just aren't for her.

She'd be great if she just played a pretty, modern slacker girl who smokes too much.
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Originally Posted by Sanjuro37 View Post
But Black Dahlia was bad all around. I don't think Johansson is all that, but she only does bad in movies that are bad regardless of whether she's in it.
Black Dahlia had many problems, but the acting in general wasn't one of them. Even Hartnett was decent, and the man has the acting chops of a rock.
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Originally Posted by AVP77 View Post
I do wonder if Scarlett Johansson has lost it or if she is just terrible at picking roles. A lot of actors have won the admiration of the audience, and made a good career, out of basically playing themselves, but someone seems to be pushing Scarlett into all of these period pieces and other roles that just aren't for her.

She'd be great if she just played a pretty, slutty, modern slacker girl who can't keep her clothes on and smokes too much.
Fixed that post a bit there.
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Old 11-09-08, 03:04 PM
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I am not getting this "bad movie" and Scarlett Johansson deal. In reality she has a much better eye for picking good to decent movies than any younger actress today. That's why she gets so much flack when she picks a movie that doesn't do to well, because everyone expects her to just be great in every type of role. What young actor hasn't starred in a couple of clunkers?

She has starred in a slew of better films (including her most recent ones) than any other actress named in this thread. She's worked with a number of excellent directors and I can only see her getting better with each role coming her way.

I think she is a great actress and I always look forward to what she does next including her music and charity work.

Those that call out Scarlett only to trump Christina Ricci as "best actress"? Okay... Sure.

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Old 11-09-08, 04:29 PM
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Somehow, I'm disturbed by the extensiveness of that last. And in alphabetical order too?
It reminded me of Throw Momma from the Train. "100 Girls I'd Like to Pork."

It's a ... coffee table book.
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Old 11-09-08, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Barry Woodward View Post
Jessica Alba
Samaire Armstrong
Morena Baccarin
Mischa Barton
Kristen Bell
Jessica Biel
Rachel Bilson
Alexis Bledel
Emily Blunt
Kate Bosworth
Hilarie Burton
Sophia Bush
Rose Byrne
Lizzy Caplan
Sarah Carter
Abbie Cornish
Claire Danes
Alexa Davalos
Rosario Dawson
Felicia Day
Kat Dennings
Zooey Deschanel
Kirsten Dunst
Eliza Dushku
America Ferrera
Ayda Field
Megan Fox
Bethany Joy Galeotti
Summer Glau
Sprague Grayden
Eva Green
Elisabeth Harnois
Anne Hathaway
Willa Holland
Jennifer Hudson
Scarlett Johansson
Keira Knightley
Kristin Kreuk
Mila Kunis
Evangeline Lilly
Blake Lively
Kate Mara
Mercedes McNab
Sienna Miller
Ellen Muth
Rachel Nichols
Ellen Page
Hayden Panettiere
Anna Paquin
Missy Peregrym
Bijou Phillips
Sarah Polley
Carly Pope
Natalie Portman
Maggie Q
Emilie de Ravin
Autumn Reeser
Christina Ricci
Katee Sackhoff
Alia Shawkat
Cobie Smulders
Jewel Staite
Kristen Stewart
Julia Stiles
Emma Stone
Yvonne Strahovski
Michelle Trachtenberg
Emma Watson
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Evan Rachel Wood
Your list needs editing:

Good actresses, potential Oscar winners:
Emily Blunt
Rose Byrne
Abbie Cornish
Claire Danes
Rosario Dawson
Kirsten Dunst
Eva Green
Anne Hathaway
Keira Knightley
Ellen Page
Bijou Phillips
Sarah Polley
Natalie Portman
Kristen Stewart
Evan Rachel Wood


Attractive decent actresses that will never win an Oscar:
Samaire Armstrong
Morena Baccarin
Mischa Barton
Kristen Bell
Jessica Biel
Rachel Bilson
Alexis Bledel
Kate Bosworth
Hilarie Burton
Sophia Bush
Lizzy Caplan
Sarah Carter
Alexa Davalos
Felicia Day
Kat Dennings
Zooey Deschanel (people can probably argue for her, but she's always the same in every movie)
Eliza Dushku
America Ferrera
Ayda Field
Megan Fox
Bethany Joy Galeotti
Summer Glau
Sprague Grayden
Elisabeth Harnois
Willa Holland
Jennifer Hudson (she won't ever win another one)
Scarlett Johansson
Kristin Kreuk
Mila Kunis
Evangeline Lilly
Blake Lively
Kate Mara
Mercedes McNab
Sienna Miller
Ellen Muth
Rachel Nichols
Carly Pope
Emilie de Ravin
Autumn Reeser
Christina Ricci
Katee Sackhoff
Alia Shawkat
Cobie Smulders
Jewel Staite
Julia Stiles
Emma Stone
Yvonne Strahovski
Michelle Trachtenberg
Emma Watson
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Anna Paquin (she won't ever win another one)
Hayden Panettiere
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I am not getting this "bad movie" and Scarlett Johansson deal. In reality she has a much better eye for picking good to decent movies than any younger actress today. That's why she gets so much flack when she picks a movie that doesn't do to well, because everyone expects her to just be great in every type of role. What young actor hasn't starred in a couple of clunkers?

She has starred in a slew of better films (including her most recent ones) than any other actress named in this thread. She's worked with a number of excellent directors and I can only see her getting better with each role coming her way.

I think she is a great actress and I always look forward to what she does next including her music and charity work.

Those that call out Scarlett only to trump Christina Ricci as "best actress"? Okay... Sure.
I have to disagree. Scarlett rarely has a good movie. First thing she needs to do is to stop working with Woody Allen. She showed a lot of promise in Lost in Translation and I liked her in Match Point but that's about it. Yes, The Prestige was a great movie, but anyone could've played that part. I can't really see her getting any better as her acting and roles have gotten progressively worse. Ever since she was crowned a sex symbol her acting has taken a back seat, blame Michael Bay for dying her hair blonde.

Someone mentioned Olivia Thurlby and I agree. She was great in Juno and in Snow Angels. Haven't seen The Wackness yet. But she's one that has potential.
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Actually, The Island is probably Michael Bay's best movie after The Rock (not the same as most watchable) and of course, isn't it his least grossing?

She was great in the film and has been in subsequent films. Only film where she was a true let down was, of course, The Black Dahlia. But - no one was safe from criticism in that movie - even "two time Oscar winner" Hilary Swank was worse than Scarlett.

She'll only get better.
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Your list needs editing:

Good actresses, potential Oscar winners:

Claire Danes
Rosario Dawson
Kirsten Dunst
Bijou Phillips
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If we can include French actresses, I'll add Ludivine Sagnier to the list.
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Ah, I forgot Emily Blunt.
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