5. Chazz Palminteri in Bullets Over Broadway- Palminteri plays his role straight as the play writing gangster, and just as it should be played.
4. Paul Scofield in Quiz Show- Scofield gives a quiet dignified performance, a simple work in some ways but an effective piece of acting.
3. Gary Sinise in Forrest Gump- Sinise might not have amazed me in any part of his journey as Lieutenant Dan, but I must say he was certianly believable in every part of his performance. He certainly did do a good job.
2. Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction- Jackson works well with John Travolta to create a some very iconic moments. More importantly Jackson has a strong presence throughout the film, and makes a believable and effective transition from a man of violence to a man of peace.
1. Martin Landau in Ed Wood- This actually is a pretty good supporting year. The Palminteri, Sinise, and Scofield are all good in their own ways, Jackson is great and would have been a deserving winner in many other years, but Landau still stands high above the rest. His portrayal of Bela Lugosi is just astounding from beginning to end. It is a sad poignant performance, but also an incredibly entertaining performance. It is a true embodiment of Lugosi, which is simply a pleasure to behold.