Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Best Actor 1984: Results

5. Jeff Bridges in Star Man- Star Man is a character that never amount to much, Bridges plays him in the same dull unemotional way throughout the film.

4. Sam Waterson in The Killing Fields- Sam Waterson is excellent at being just a normal man who struggles to deal with the extreme situations facing him in Cambodia. Always realistic and always rings an honest note in this performance.
3. Albert Finney in Under the Volcano- Finney is very good as the alcoholic consul, showing his degradation from his drinking perfectly. I wish the film had served Finney better because I think that his performance could have lasted an even greater impression.
2. Tom Hulce in Amadeus- Hulce is very good as Mozart showing the lively nature of his character well but also his genius. He is particularly strong in showing Mozart's slow deterioration and loss of happiness.
1. F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus- Abraham is simply astounding form beginning to end in one of the finest pieces of acting I have ever seen. Abraham excels at every risk he tries and creates a complex and incredibly memorable character in Antonio Salieri.
Deserving Performances:
Robert De Niro in Once Upon a Time in America

8 comments:

dinasztie said...

Expected, but justified. Great work!

joe burns said...

Knew it! What's next?

Louis Morgan said...

I have not decided yet.

Sage Slowdive said...

May I suggest 1979 in either category? :)

Oh, and have you seen Paris, Texas from 1984, Louis? Harry Dean Stanton would be my pick this year...

Twister said...

Interesting opinions...

And Lou, check out my blog for the 2000 Smackdown soon.

Louis Morgan said...

Sage: Excellent suggestion Sage. I have not seen Paris, Texas but I will have to watch it.

Twister: I'll be looking for it.

Michael Patison said...

What'd you think of Howard Rollins in A Soldier's Story and Harry Dean Stanton in Paris, Texas?

Louis Morgan said...

I haven't seen Stanton, I thought Rollins was fine, but I could never stop thinking about how Sidney Poitier would have been in the role.