5. Jack Lemmon in Missing- Lemmon has a few moments of strong emotional impact, but the script calls for very little of him most of the time. Also I felt there was a lack in a natural flow in his performance.
4. Peter O'Toole in My Favorite Year- Peter O'Toole is good, and charming as a washed up movie star. His performance is not incredible but it is a nice funny and entertaining performance by O'Toole.
3. Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie- An incredibly enjoyable performance by
Hoffman here. He makes sure every joke hits home with his terrific
comedic timing. He makes the film also believable despite playing a man
playing woman. Many scenes could have come off as just odd, by Hoffman
makes them humorous, and also adds even more with the oddly poignant
transformation caused by being a woman for awhile.
2. Ben Kingsley in Gandhi- Kingsley is quite good in the challenging role
of Gandhi. He always seems completely authentic as Gandhi, in every
scene and at every age. I never once doubted him as Gandhi, which is a
spectacular achievement by Kingsley.
1. Paul Newman in The Verdict- Newman gives a full portrait of a man from being tired and broken down, but slowly growing toward a redemption of sorts. I personally finds this performance to be an outstanding and powerful performance which is incredibly true and authentic. A heartbreaking performance which may not have the technical challenges of Kingsley and Hoffman's characters, but Newman is the who made Galvin a truly empathetic man to me which is something a performance rarely does for me, but this one did completely.
I decided to change other deserving performances since rewriting the performances in my ranking in my nominees is rather redundant. For the deserving performances this year I cannot think of any but I am open to suggestions.