The omission of the late former husband of Elizabeth Taylor from the nominations assembled by a panel of experts has angered film fans.
"Who would look at this list and wonder why they were not on it? But one does think that about Burton. Without a doubt, he would genuinely think he should be entitled to a place, though he'd probably make a joke about it."
However, British film critic Barry Norman defends the panel's choice, and comments, "The quality all the top ten share, apart from talent, is staying power. Anyone can be brilliant once--very few people can be brilliant nearly all the time.
"All the nominations are versatile and gifted--not just personalities but real actors, capable of submerging themselves into any role."
The full results of the poll will be broadcast on British TV on July 11. The official list of Britain's 10 finest actor nominees in alphabetical order is:
3. John Gielgud
4. Cary Grant
8. Ian Mckellen
10. Peter Sellers
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