The New York Times revealed its list of the 25 best actors of the last twenty years on Wednesday, November 25. Among many Hollywood stars like Denzel Washington and Nicole Kidman, the French actresses Isabelle Huppert and Catherine Deneuve occupy the 2nd and 21st place respectively.
“There is no formula for choosing the best (just bickering), and this list is both necessarily objective and possibly scandalous in its omissions.” This is how the New York Times introduced Wednesday November 25 his list of the 25 best actors of the 21st century. “They embody 25 reasons why we still love movies, maybe more than ever,” describes the American media.
In this list, the French actress Isabelle Huppert occupies the prestigious second place, behind the Hollywood actor Denzel Washington. The list was voted on by journalists but also artists such as director Marjane Satrapi or painter Julian Schnabel.
“Intrepid and fascinating, sometimes frightening, sometimes whimsical, Isabelle Huppert has taken on an impressive number of roles during her career, going effortlessly from cries to tears, from the most mundane to the most gloriously deranged stories,” writes the film critic. Manohla Dargis. The New York Times salutes a “virtuoso” of cinema who has appeared in more than 50 films over the past twenty years.
Catherine Deneuve, “symbol” of France
Another Frenchwoman is part of this prestigious list since Catherine Deneuve occupies the 21st place. “If you live in France, Catherine Deneuve is the symbol. When I was younger, she was the dream […] The first time I met Catherine Deneuve, it was like meeting God. I was so impressed “says director Marjane Satrapi who directed him in Persepolis (2007).
The list praises “stars” and “Oscar-winning actors” as well as “chameleons” rather actors of author films. There are Hollywood headliners like Viola Davis, Nicole Kidman, Keanu Reeves, Joaquin Phoenix or Daniel Day Lewis, but also international actors like the Mexican Gael García Bernal, the Korean Kim Min-hee (Miss) and the Chinese Zhao Tao.