Harry Carey received his only Oscar nomination for portraying the President of the Senate in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
He really does not do more that act as the President, doing the official work that is required. The simple truth any actor could easily have done this aspect of the part, there is nothing that Carey brings that is special to the role, but at the same time he probably does bring everything that one probably could in the role. The simple problem about that is that simply is not much of anything.
For about the entire performance it is a functional performance in a very functional role. There are few scenes that require more than that. The few moments that do are when he quietly shows his support for the mistreated Mr. Smith (James Stewart). These are short, basically little smiles that actually do have the proper warmness combined with an honorable dignity that work well. Still even with these short moments, this character frankly never was one that should have been nominated no matter who played him.