Best Actors in the World- 2019

Ryan Gosling (1)- Gosling’s addition of First Man is enough to keep him here. It’s not one of the best performances of the year—but it’s solid, and the other heavy-hitters, DiCaprio, DDL can’t overtake him as they didn’t work. Even Bale’s achievement in Vice, though it’s superior to Goslings, isn’t in a great film either.

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Best Actresses in the World- 2019

Emma Stone (1)- Stone would be number one on this list if we combined both male and female and it feels like it’s been a long time since you could say that. In the past five years she’s been dazzling in three masterpieces (Birdman, La La Land, and now The Favourite). That’s two more than any other actress during that stretch. I love Amy Adams and the others on this list but Stone is far and away the best actress in the world right now.

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As a lovely 2015 documentary made clear, Toshiro Mifune ranks high on the icons of cool. At the same time, referring to him as such is far from the whole story. Although he never quite achieved a level of success in American films that he gained in his native Japan, Mifune remains one of the most recognizable international actors in history.