Denzel Washington, who marked his last years with his roles in “Training Day” (2001), “Inside Man” (2006), “American Gangster” (2007) or “Flight” (2012), was named best actor. of the 21st century by the American daily.

“He is a giant and a subtle and sensitive craftsman, with a theatrical background and a brilliant presence,” said critic AO Scott, co-author of the ranking. “Like all stars, Washington’s game seems inextricably linked to his charisma,” added Manohla Dargis.

Isabelle Huppert, who impressed critics and viewers in “La Pianiste” (2001), “Huit femmes” (2002) or “Elle” (2016), ranks second in the rankings. It is followed by Daniel Day-Lewis (“Gangs of New York”, “There Will Be Blood”, “Phantom Thread”) and Keanu Reeves. A choice that amazed the actor from “Matrix” and “John Wick”, criticized for a long time for his rather transparent game.

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În Top 10 rămân Nicole Kidman (“The Others”, “The Hours”, “Big Little Lies”), Song Kang-ho (“Parasite”), Toni Servillo (“La Grande Bellezza”), Zhao Tao (“A Touch of Sin”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”) şi Saoirse Ronan (“Ladybird”).

Tilda Swinton (13), Oscar Isaac (14), Michael B. Jordan (15), Catherine Deneuve (21), Melissa McCarthy (22) and Gael García Bernal (25) complete this ranking. Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”) ranks 12th.

Subjectively, like any ranking, the one from The New York Times surprises by omitting some expected names. Leonardo DiCaprio, often considered one of the best actors of our time, thanks to his impressive performances in “The Aviator”, “The Wolf of Wall Street” or “The Revenant”, is absent. Neither Meryl Streep nor Cate Blanchett were mentioned.