5. Robert Redford in The Sting- Redford doesn't do anything special in this film, but he does not really do anything bad either. He is just okay throughout.
4. Al Pacino in Serpico- Al Pacino's performance here always failed to impress me with his rather repetitive routine of quietly discouraged, than suddenly really loud and angry over his problems. He never is bad, but I always wanted more from this performance than I got.
3. Marlon Brando in Last Tango in Paris- Brando supposedly admitted to not understanding this film, and I do think that comes through in his performance a bit, since I never fully was able to understand what the deal was with his character, but despite this Brando still is interesting to watch with all of his various scenes of soul bearing acting.
2. Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail- Nicholson is terrific in this film, in a very interesting way. He fully develops a fascinating character who is very much reactive to another character in the film. Through his reactions though he creates fascinating original character, and just to add tot hat he is has some great classic 70's Nicholson moments.
1. Jack Lemmon in Save the Tiger- This one was rather difficult for me to choose between the two but in the end I must choose one so I am going with Lemmon. Lemmon although in a complete Oscar baiting role never turns it into a Oscar baiting performance. He amazingly always stays realistic, and completely embedded in his character. It is strong powerful work that frankly overcame the material.