James Gleason received his only Oscar nomination for portraying Max Corkle in Here Comes Mr. Jordan.
Gleason basically makes the same surprised face over and over again. He never does a single thing that is special at all in this performance, and anyone slightly competent actor could have played this part. There is simply nothing he does. He looks crazy acting surprised and confused and that is basically it. I suppose he is briefly sad over Joe's death but that is a short moment and barely even matters. It still is nothing special just like everything else in this performance. He just does this routine over and over again and that is nothing that needed to be awarded.