Arthur Kennedy received his first Oscar nomination for portraying Connie Kelly in Champion.
Kennedy is always quietly trying to tell Midge not to do the wrong way, in careful fashion appropriately showing a care for his brother, and trying to help him as much as he can. Connie tries to caution Midge as he falls down his poor path. Connie is not given much time, but Kennedy always properly showing his honest want for his brother to do the right thing, in a simple fashion.
Connie finally stops being quiet as Midge becomes worse and worse. He finally challenges Midge completely and sadly reacts to the fallen Midge. Kennedy always stays honest, and as effective as he can be with his thankless role. When is given the chance he does well, especially in his final scene where he shows his honest love for his brother one last time. Not all that much, and not entirely memorable but well portrayed.