Best Actor #3: Robin Williams
This choice might create a lot of debate but when I look at his career, he has some pretty amazing performances. He may have started out in a goofy TV role as Mork the alien but he quickly showed he had the ability to do serious work in movies like "The World According to Garp." I was really impressed with his ability to mix comedy with drama in movies like "Dead Poet's Society" which is a movie that inspired me to be a teacher. And he showed an incredible ability to add comedy to a tough subject in "Good Morning Vietnam" where he supposedly did improv in much of the movie. And he even crossed gender lines in the comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire" creating a very memorable character. And one of my favorite movies of all time is "The Fisher King" which he does an amazing job with a character that struggles with his sanity. It is a very moving performance where you gain a lot of sympathy for his character and want to see him find his happy ending. Unfortunately, recently he hasn't had the opportunity to stretch his acting abilities in recent movies and TV ventures. Hollywood seems to be forcing him to be the old Robin Williams instead of letting him grow in to a new Robin Williams which has the potential to do some powerful acting. I want to see him do another dramedy or even a drama. I think we'd all be blown away.
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