5. Dexter Gordon in 'Round Midnight- Dexter Gordon most likely was only nominated for being Dexter Gordon, as he gives a entirely uncharismatic performance, that has not a single powerful or poignant moment.
4. Paul Newman in The Color of Money- Newman is actually fine enough, and has one pretty good scene that almost seems to hearken back to his amazing performance in The Hustler, but unfortuantely he is never amazing most certainly at least in part due to his obnoxious co-stars as well as having a rather poorly conceived character.
3. William Hurt in Children of a Lesser God- Hurt does not have the most complex of characters, but still manages to give a very good performance. This is because of his outstanding charisma here, as well as his terrific chemistry with his leading lady Marlee Matlin.
2. Bob James Woods in Salvador- giving a very memorable as
well a manic performance that works surprisingly well considering the
type of film that he is in. Woods manages to both be a real man in a
horrible situation, but also manages to give a fascinating portrait of a
very original character as well.
1. Hoskins in Mona Lisa- Hoskins gives a very powerful performance that certainly overcomes some
of the weaker material in the film. Hoskins turns his character into an
interesting man, that slowly delves deeper into the truth of the man,
well falling deeper into a situation. It is a complex portrait that
Hoskins pulls off very well.
(I have seen the Mosquito Coast, Sid and Nancy, as well as the Fly, more than ten years ago each so I really need to rewatch each before I can put them here.)