Friday, 20 May 2011

Best Actor 1992: Results

5. Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman- Pacino's performance creates a very mixed feeling, in a lot of moments I think he gives a very charming, and effective performance, but other times he goes too over the top and overly calculated.
4. Denzel Washington in Malcolm X- Washington performance is another mixed bag in my opinion. His early scenes he overplays, and his transformations are mostly done by the film, rather than his performance. He is strong in many scenes, and has the right manner for Malcolm X in the speeches, and the right dread infused with a passion in the final scenes.
3. Stephen Rea in The Crying Game- Rea ranks third and above the other two of the bottom three because I feel his performance is always consistent, and basically believable as the decent Fergus.
2. Robert Downey Jr. in Chaplin- Downey certainly is quite skillful in his ability to replicate Chaplin's physical comedy. He also has the right charm in the role, and is able to handle the aging requirements of Chaplin with grace, unfortunately he is held back by a film that strangely enough does not delve enough into the mind of the man.
1. Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven- Eastwood's performance in Unforgiven might be his best performance. He knows exactly his range in this performance, as well the history of himself as an actor, and brilliantly uses both these aspects to create a very compelling portrait of a man's chilling degradation back into the vicious killer he once was.
Deserving Performances:
Jack Lemmon in Glengarry Glen Ross


Sage Slowdive said...

At least Clint won! A great performance.

Anonymous said...

Awesome. Clint is the man. Which year wil you being reviewing nexy Louis, supporting actor of 92 or one of the best actor ones

dinasztie said...

Well, he was really great. A really pleasant surprise. Actually, I might even go with him myself, too.

joe burns said...

I'm surprised! I was sure Washington would win! But I didn't keep up with the profiles, and I'm sorry about that.

Also, I'm sorry if I offended you with my comment on George C. Scott's profile. I didn't mean to be offensive.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous: I will announce the next year soon enough, but it won't be in supporting, I'm staying with lead till I finish it.

Joe: No offense taken Joe. I understand what you meant Joe, but that's just not my style.

dshultz said...

I'm glad he won, and I never expected him to. SO many people I talk to say it's just a routine Eastwood performance, with self referential layers to make it more poignant, which I disagree with. Woah.

Louis Morgan said...

I think many people write off Eastwood as an actor unfortunately, but he most certainly has a great talent in his particular range that no other actor can emulate.

mrripley said...

Jack Lemmon should've won for glengarry glen ross

juliechristie said...

It doubtless deserved Pacino's performance it stand out over all others!!

C.J. O'Dell said...

The way I see things:
1. Clint Eastwood for Unforgiven. 100 out of 100.
2. Al Pacino for Scent of a Woman. 85 out of 100.
3. Denzel Washington for Malcolm X. 85 out of 100.
4. Robert Downey, Jr. for Chaplin. 70 out of 100.
5. Stephen Rea for The Crying Game. 70 out of 100.