5. Spencer Tracy in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner- Tracy is very effective a lot of the time in his last performance. He overacts a little bit at times but his last speech is brilliant.
4. Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde- Warren Beatty relies to little on his acting skills at times, but he certainly shows he does have them at other times, making a good although uneven performance. I upped his score because I felt he deserved more credit for what he did right.
3. Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate- Hoffman is very good in the Graduate
using just the right amount of uneasiness to create Braddock in a
memorable character. His scenes with Bancroft are brilliant and he
carries the film very well.
2. Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke- No one could have played Luke like
Newman. Newman finds the right way to create Luke using his presence,
making a memorable character.
1. Rod Steiger in In the Heat of the Night- I will admit maybe some do not see what I see in this performance, but I see it nonetheless. I believe Steiger brilliant creates the depth of Gillespie so perfectly, and he and Poitier create incredibly memorable scenes together because of their perfectly attuned performances.
Sidney Poitier in In the Heat of the Night