Forgive the nostalgia, but another thread on the topic of DeNiro vs. Pacino got me thinking. During the 60s, 70s and 80s we had an entire generation brilliant young actors who were also great stars -- Nicholson, Hoffman, Pacino, DeNiro, Streep, Jessica Lange, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Vanessa Redgrave, Ellen Burstyn. I mean, back in those days, these actors would be Oscar-nominated practically every year. People would go to see their movies to just watch them work. It occurred to me that we really do not have the equivalent nowadays. Today we have what? Denzel Washington, EDIT: Tom Hanks (of course) and maybe Jodie Foster, though she hasn't turned in a really great performance in some time. Ed Norton has the respect, but he's not considered a great star. Denzel and Jodi are the only relatively young actors I can think of who are even in that league -- major star with multiple Oscar nominations. Whatever became of the great actor/star -- where practically every movie they do is an event and an almost sure-fire Oscar contender?