Friday, 18 June 2010

Best Actor 1976: Sylvester Stallone in Rocky

Sylvester Stallone received his first acting Oscar nomination for his most famous role Rocky Balboa in Rocky.

Although Rocky is constantly maligned today, but I do enjoy the film myself.

Stallone is someone today who most people would think would have never ever been nominated for an Oscar. But he was and that was not the feeling at the time at all. He was heavily praised for this performance even being compared to Marlon Brando, but I image they just did not know him well enough yet.

Stallone is a performance that I do not hate in fact I enjoy his performance to a degree, although I cannot defend it exactly as great acting, though it certainly works for the character of Rocky. Stallone is good and seems dim witted enough as Rocky. I think is fine as the hard headed boxer persona, but he has obvious problems when it comes to doing more than this. He is fine when he is just acting stupid and trying to attempt to stand up for himself.

Although I'll say they overwork the way she's made up Stallone does strike up some chemistry with Talia Shire as Adrian. It is a simple though effective sort of way as the two people broken in a certain way comes together. Stallone does well to portray Rocky's slowness as almost a way of being able to easily deal with her own shyness, since he's a man who frankly does not mind waiting, and knows exactly how it is that he should maneuver around her. When Adrian breaks out of her shell there is a genuine warmth and sweetness when they are together that work well.

Stallone perhaps later on proved he was not Marlon Brando as he did not prove to have a great deal of range later on. Nevertheless Stallone simply is Rocky for a reason. You can't see anyone else in his role as the certain personality of the man is definitely well realized by Stallone and he makes a truly endearing character out of this. You want him to succeed and perhaps it might not be a great performance, it is a good one that is perhaps too often derided.


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Fritz said...

I agree, too. I totally believe that back then people compared him to Marlon Brando. The whole time I watched the movie I feel as if he tried to imitate him with the way of speaking and acting. Of course, Sylvester has zero talent and so he completely failed with this.

joe burns said...

I thought he seemed obvious and one- note - He was alright in a few scenes, but it's just not anything worthy.

Off-topic, but will you be able to watch A Star Is Born today? It's on tomorrow too.

Louis Morgan said...

I will try Joe. What time is it on tomorrow?

joe burns said...

I made a mistake- it's not on tomorrow, but just on today. The schedule says 8:00 tonight, but I'm not sure about your time frame.

Zephyr said...

One of the worst best picture winners, and although I have not seen all the best actor winning performances, based on the performances that I have seen, had Stallone won, it would be the worst best actor win.

Louis Morgan said...

Zephyr: well there is already some very poor winners and he would have joined that group but I do not think he would actually have been the worst.