Yesterday, NPR printed an article about the best and worst movie accents of the decade, asking readers to submit their votes on what actor should nab the award in both categories. As the EW writer who a few years ago helmed our Worst Movie Accents gallery, I decided to look at their choices. (And, unfortunately, since film’s all-time worst movie accent — Kevin Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves — was brought to screens in 1991, it is not eligible for this award.)
As far as the best accents go, NPR offers up four: Morgan Freeman in Invictus, Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean, Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia, and Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat.
Tragically absent from this list is Aussie Toni Collette, who manages to perfect any accent demanded of her. (See: About a Boy or Little Miss Sunshine.) Also missing is Christian Bale, who, as NPR mentions in their piece, has such an amazing American accent — see: American Psycho — “it’s a shock to hear [his] actual accent.” And though I know the small screen doesn’t count in this race, how can we not give special accolades to the Brit with the best American accent ever, House‘s Hugh Laurie?
And then there’s the bad accents. NPR offers up four picks: Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Steve Martin in The Pink Panther, Angelina Jolie in Alexander, and Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones’ Diary. My personal picks? Well, Jolie, for one, certainly deserves to be on this list, but so does Jessica Simpson in The Dukes of Hazzard, Harrison Ford in K-19: The Widowmaker, and Cate Blanchett in The Man Who Cried.
Your turn, PopWatchers: Who had the best and worst movie accents of the decade?