5. Jack Warden in Heaven Can Wait- Warden has a rather small role but he
gives a nice humorous as well as warm performance that supports leading
man Warren Beatty rather well
4. Bruce Dern in Coming Home- Dern is fine for most of the film and does
have a few effective scenes, but he can never fully make up for the weaknesses in the writing for his character.
3. John Hurt in Midnight Express- Hurt gives an interesting portrait of a man wasted away by prison unfortunately the film is uses his character for atmosphere more than anything limiting Hurt's potential.
2. Richard Farnsworth in Comes A Horseman- Just like Hurt and Dern his film seems oddly unconcerned with his character. Farnsworth though still is a delight every time he is on screen, and is absolutely heartbreaking when he is finally given the chance to do more.
1. Christopher Walken in The Deer Hunter- Good prediction Eddie. Walken easily wins this year giving an outstanding performance that is unforgettable. He creates a remarkable portrait of a solider who loses his mind over the trauma faced during the war.
Gene Hackman in Superman
John Savage in The Deer Hunter
John Cazale in The Deer Hunter