Friday, 4 February 2011

Best Supporting Actor 1984: Results

5. Ralph Richardson in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes- Richardson is perfectly fine in his role, but whoever played the role could not have made it Oscar worthy.
4. John Malkovich in Places in the Heart- Malkovich gives a simple yet fairly effective performance. He is not given that much to do, but when he is given the chance to do more he does.
3. Pat Morita in the Karate Kid- Morita actually does everything he should as Mr. Miyagi, since it is the sort of role where it is hard to see anyone else in the role.
2. Adolph Caesar in A Soldier's Story- Caesar gives an effectively cruel performance realizing the hatred through this palatable self-loathing.
1. Haing S. Ngor in The Killing Fields- There is no competition here Ngor simply is incredible in his role. It is a quiet performance but it conveys so much strength. His performance is completely authentic, honest, and absolutely spot on.
Deserving Performances:
Jeffrey Jones in Amadeus
James Woods in Once Upon a Time in America


joe burns said...

I forgot that it was Haing S. Ngor who won, but it was a pretty bovious victory in retrospect , ha ha.

1984 seems like a really weak year for film. Do you think that's true?

Louis Morgan said...

No, not really, there were plenty of really great movies, such as one of my personal favorite Amadeus, and there are other really terrific films like The Killing Fields, and Once upon a Time in America.

dinasztie said...

Well, no question about the winner. The rest was just so-so.

Anonymous said...

Had James Woods been nominated, do you think he should have won over Ngor?

Louis Morgan said...

Although I think Woods is great, I would still give it to Ngor.

Michael Patison said...

I couldn't agree more. I personally think that Ngor gives one of the best category-winning performances ever. I also agree with you that 1984 was a great year in film. It's hard to go wrong with films like Amadeus (my personal favorite), The Killing Fields (Waterston's fine but Ngor carries it), A Soldier's Story (what a great story), and Once Upon a Time in America.