5. Judd Hirsch in Ordinary People- Hirsch is fine in his performance of the psychiatrist who helps Timothy Hutton's character with his problem, but he never becomes more than just fine.
4. Michael O'Keefe in The Great Santini- O'Keefe has some good moments, and his relationship with Robert Duvall's character is well realized, but when the part demands more O'Keefe shows some inexperience.
3. Jason Robards in Melvin and Howard- Robards gives a very short performance by a very interesting one. He makes his Howard Hughes a fascinating enigma of a man that I actually would have liked to see more of.
2. Timothy Hutton in Ordinary People- Hutton although really is lead in his
film, that does not make this win any less deserving. Hutton is amazing
from beginning to end in the film. It is fascinating how fully he
realizes Conrad as a character, and the fact that he never, not even for
a moment, fails to bring absolutely authentic emotions to the part
despite the enormous changes Conrad goes through and Hutton must show
during the film.
1. Joe Pesci in Raging Bull- Joe Pesci really gives the best supporting
performance this year.
Pesci's performance is a great performance that works wonder with his
co-star Robert De Niro, fully realizing the two characters'