Live Poll: Michael Stuhlbarg vs. John C. Reilly

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Michael Stuhlbarg and John C. Reilly are both known for their scene-stealing supporting role work in dozens of films over the years. Also, they share the unique distinction of being the only two credited actors in the past 75 years to appear in three Oscars Best Picture nominees in the same year. Michael Stuhlbarg appears in The Shape of Water (2017), Call Me by Your Name (2017) and The Post (2017), while John C. Reilly appears in Chicago (2002), The Hours (2002) and Gangs of New York (2002), all these films were Best Picture nominees for the Oscar in their respective years. Which actors' "cast of characters" in movies do you prefer?

Which actor has the more impressive character portrayal "body of work", so far: Michael Stuhlbarg or John C. Reilly?

Michael Stuhlbarg
Michael Stunlbarg's Movie "Cast of Characters"

John C Reilly
John C. Reilly's Movie "Cast of Characters"

Live Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/SEos9_wehdg/
See the list of Michael Stuhlbarg and John C. Reilly and their respective "cast of characters" here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls023775809/
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John C. Reilly
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Thanks, a tough choice for me I am torn. I have become a big Michael Stuhlbarg since Boardwalk and John C. Reilly since Hard Eight. But even before that both were showing up in the most interesting movies and roles. I love both and they always seem to get great great roles and make the most of them. A good face-off for those who really appreciate the movies and acting.
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I really like John C. Reilly and his roles in films like 'Magnolia,' but overall I'd vote for Michael Stuhlbarg.
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I think it is like comparing Apples and Oranges, it is hard to argue one is outright better overall. They both have their virtues, I think it comes down to taste and what you value in an actor.. I can see both sides on this one, but as of late I like Michael Stuhlbarg better too. John C. Reilly seemed to have a good mix of serious roles his first fifteen years, but very few the last fifteen, so much so they are a distant memory.
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'Well said.
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I do like when actor mix it up with commercial and smaller, indie projects. In all fairness, I did notice these two upcoming John C. Reilly films look like they have some potential based on the other talent involved to be more critically acclaimed fare The Sisters Brothers (2018) and Stan and Ollie (2019). Plus he had supporting roles in indies The Little Hours (2017) and The Lobster (2015).
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Which actors' cast of characters do you prefer?
Perhaps this question could be removed from the intro, since you have the other one below.
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Which actors' cast of characters do you prefer? removed
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Thanks.
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Why 75 years? Why not include Thomas Mitchell  and make the unique distinction in Oscar's history.
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Thanks, I like the idea.

I think the issue becomes what qualifies? Also, the list could get expansive and difficult to verify it is complete. I also don't think it would be a fair comparison, as I suspect there a lot more actors who have been in three same year, Oscar-nominated movies but were not credited.  I think what qualifies as top of line credits now, used to be the full credits in early films. Michael Stuhlbarg and John C. Reilly threesomes are an easier achievement when every speaking actor is credited today, which wasn't the rule of thumb in older movies. It creates a bit of an issue when the scope is supporting roles. These could be some other possibilities.

Thomas Mitchell (1939)Stagecoach, Gone with the Wind and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Charles Laughton (1935) – Mutiny on the Bounty, Les Miserables, Ruggles of Red Gap

Claudette Colbert (1934) – It Happened One Night, Cleopatra, Imitation of Life
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I tried to check other actors who achieved the same feat in the last 75 years and didn't find any... so I'm not surprised those you found are from the 30's, I guess at that time, when 10 movies were nominated for Best Picture (even more in 1934) it was easier to sneak into more than two nominees... when you think about it, even Stuhlbarg had it easier than Reilly who's the only actor nominated for 3 Best Picture nominees out of 5.

If you have only 5 actors, it still qualifies for a Face-Off
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I like the current version, arguably facing off the two names that have a chance to win the poll.
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I was thinking the same that John C. Reilly accomplishment of being in 60%(3/5) of the Best Picture Oscar nominees was superior to Stuhlbarg's 33% (3/9) or the Colbert-Laughton-Mitchell combinations 30%(3/10).

I think a more expansive option might be a good idea for multiple (2 or more) same year nominees. However, I am going to leave face-off as is due to the issues cited before. I also agree  with Peter, if I expanded it the 3 1930s threesome would be realistically each garner only 5% of the vote each.

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List of actors in multiple Best Picture Academy Award winners
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Live Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/SEos9_wehdg/?ref_=po_fp Yippee for Stuhlbarg and Reilly (and Urb). :)
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