Gene Kelly received his only Oscar nomination for portraying Navy Sailor Joseph Brady in Anchors Aweigh.
Gene Kelly is never an actor exactly in which people praise for his acting skill. He is the type who mostly plays the same type of character. The dancing singing semi romantic guy. Kelly is an actor who generally relied on his his skills as a dancer rather than a thespian. This means pretty much means, since this performance is not really any different than any of his other performance the liking of Kelly depends on how much you like him usually in terms of his charisma and such.
I never have found myself liking Kelly that much as an actor. I get annoyed by his voice when I hear it too much as I do in this film. I can understand that some may find he has fine charisma and screen presence though, even though I just really do not like his style myself. Yes I do think he dances well, and sings alright, but overall his performance just is not anything special in terms of any actual acting. He does his thing in this movie as he did in most of his movies, which is fine, but just does not amaze me all that much.