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.
Jeffrey Jones in Amadeus
James Woods in Once Upon a Time in America