Friday, 3 August 2012

Alternate Best Actor 1954: Results

5. Charles Laughton in Hobson's Choice- Charles Laughton has a fairly simple role but he is consistently amusing in his performance.

Best Scene: Hobson falls down the hole.
4. James Stewart in Rear Window- Stewart manages to provide a realistic portrait who we can easily go along through the sometimes quite seedy world of being a voyeur.

Best Scene: Jeff watches as Lisa breaks into the killer's home. 
3. Ray Milland in Dial M For Murder- Milland gives a strong performance by both bringing to life the fierce some hidden motivation of his murderer, but as well as easily adding an appropriate degree of humor in the role as well.

Best Scene: Tony convinces a man to kill his wife. 
2. Toshiro Mifune in Seven Samurai- Mifune gives a very big but also a very striking performance of a swordsman driven mad by his past.

Best Scene: Kikuchiyo makes his last stand.
1.James Mason 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea- Mason gives a great performance of an iconic character by always bringing to life both the wondrous qualities to his portrayal in equal measure with his more violent aspects.

Best Scene: Captain Nemo destroys a ship. 
Overall Rank:
  1. Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront
  2. James Mason in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  3. Ray Milland in Dial M For Murder
  4. James Stewart in Rear Window
  5. Alec Guinness in The Detective
  6. James Mason in A Star is Born
  7. Toshiro Mifune in Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto 
  8. Takashi Shimura in Seven Samurai 
  9. Jean Gabin in Touchez Pas Au Grisbi
  10. Anthony Quinn in La Strada
  11. Bing Crosby in The Country Girl
  12. Humphrey Bogart in The Caine Mutiny
  13. Van Heflin in The Raid
  14. Kirk Douglas in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 
  15. James Stewart in The Far Country
  16. Dan O'Herlihy in Robinson Crusoe
  17. Charles Laughton in Hobson's Choice
  18. Humphrey Bogart in Sabrina 
  19. James Stewart in The Glenn Miller Story
  20. William Holden in Executive Suite
  21. George Sanders in Journey to Italy 
  22. Neville Brand in Riot in Cell Block 11 
  23. Kazou Hasegawa in The Crucified Lovers
  24. Jack Lemmon in It Should Happen to You
  25. Kenneth More in Doctor in the House
  26. Gary Cooper in Vera Cruz
  27. John Mills in Hobson's Choice
  28. William Holden in Sabrina 
  29. Burt Lancaster in Vera Cruz
  30. Harry Belafonte in Carmen Jones
  31. David Niven Carrington V.C.
  32. Jack Lemmon in Phffft
  33. Paul Lukas in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea 
  34. Rock Hudson in Magnificent Obsession
  35. Maurice Denham in Animal Farm
  36. Sterling Hayden in Johnny Guitar
  37. Robert Mitchum in River of No Return 
  38. James Whitmore in Them!
  39. Dirk Bogarde in Doctor in the House
  40. John Wayne in The High and the Mighty
  41. Glenn Ford in Human Desire
  42. James Arness in Them!
  43. Howard Keel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  44. Gary Merrill in The Black Dakotas
  45. Gene Kelly in Brigadoon 
  46. Peter Lawford in It Should Happen to You
  47. Bing Crosby in White Christmas
  48. Danny Kaye in White Christmas
  49. Richard Carlson in Creature from the Black Lagoon
  50. Richard Denning in Creature from the Black Lagoon
  51. Robert Wagner in Broken Lance
  52. Spencer Tracy in Broken Lance 
  53. Robert Francis in The Caine Mutiny
Next Year: 1937


dinasztie said...

Marlon Brando is unbeatable, of course. I'm kind of suprised that Stewart is only #2 but never seen Milland and Mason so who knows? :) Great work!

For 1983, can I recommend Ferenc Zenthe for Job's Revolt? :) It's a terrific performance in a Foreign Language Film nominee. :)

RatedRStar said...

My choices for 37.

Cary Grant - The Awful Truth
Stan Laurel - Way Out West
Oliver Hardy - Way Out West
Claude Rains - They Wont Forget
Ronald Colman - Lost Horizon or The Prisoner Of Zenda

RatedRStar said...

Another suggestion
Peter Lorre - Thank You, Mr. Moto
Tyrone Power - In Old Chicago

Michael Patison said...

Very interesting result. Here are my recommendations for 1937:

Victor Moore in Make Way for Tomorrow (this film is absolutely heartbreaking, and that's mostly because the performances of Moore and Beulah Bondi are so good)
Cary Grant in The Awful Truth
Oliver Hardy in Way Out West
Stan Laurel in Way Out West
Claude Rains in They Won't Forget

Anonymous said...

Great for Milland!!!! He's my win overall because I honestly don't see any brilliance in Brando's performance (even though I consider it his best, I've never felt he was brilliant in anything!).

Michael Patison said...

I have a few more recommendations, though these are more for final rankings than for reviews:

Groucho Marx in A Day at the Races
Fred Astaire in Shall We Dance
Jean Gabin in Grand Illusion
Ronald Colman in Lost Horizon
Paul Muni in The Good Earth
Jean Gabin in Pepe Le Moko

Louis Morgan said...

Dinasztie: I will certainly keep him in mind.

Nues20 said...

It's so interesting to me how all alternate performances can get high grades like 5 jacks all around but the actual nominated performances aren't usually all met to the same acclaim.
Just shows how much the Academy can screw up from time to time.