Lee Strasberg received his only Oscar nomination for portraying Hyman Roth in The Godfather Part II.
Roth though does not do it ever by outright saying he is planning a war, but instead does it by saying he wishes take a business proposition together. In his first scene the powerful Roth is seen in a rather modest setting watching football as he talks to Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) as he talks about their business. Strasberg is excellent in immediately establishing the nature of Roth. Strasberg shows both a friendly almost fatherly quality toward Michael as he talks to him in a quiet casual manner, yet Strasberg always suggest the cold calculating killer beneath his welcoming exterior.
Strasberg keeps up appropriately with this facade toward Michael in the rest of his scenes until he finally breaks open about why he really wants his revenge. Strasberg is again terrific in this scene as well when he shows really the true viciousness behind Roth. There is a true deep hatred Strasberg conveys in this scene, with only a small bit of hesitation since after all in his business everything is business even death. It is an amazing moment really becuase he not only conveys the hatred, but also how the hatred honestly stems from his love for his friend more than anything else.
Strasberg really is not in the film a great deal, but in his few scenes he most certainly leaves a strong impact. He not only vividly brings to life this particularly sort of business man, he also manages to create a memorable villain as well. Hyman Roth perhaps could have been easily a forgotten part of this great film but Strasberg manages to stand out within the limits of his character.