5. Mikhail Baryshnikov in The Turning Point- This nomination is really almost an insult to the other nominated actors, since Baryshnikov gives a terrible performance. His performance does not have a single impressive or convincing moment. He in fact can barely get past his own accent when saying his lines.
4. Maximilian Schell in Julia- Schell has a very short performance in which he comes in a does what he needs to do and than leaves. Schell gives a fine performance, but barely anything is required of him.
3. Peter Firth in Equus- Firth puts a lot of passion into his performance showing both the obsessions as well as the pain his character feels quite well. Unfortunately it never becomes compelling.
2. Jason Robards in Julia- Robards gives an effective performance having the right chemistry with Jane Fonda, as well as being able to create fine portrait of the aged Dashielle Hammett, although limited by the film.
1. Alec Guinness in Star Wars- Alec Guinness does not have the biggest challenge in his career but he certainly handles it with an complete ease and grace. He makes his character memorable, and fully realizes each aspect of Obi-wan Kenobi.