Thursday, 16 August 2012

Alternate Best Actor 1974: Results

5. Charles Bronson in Death Wish- Although the role probably could have been far more complex, Bronson still is consistently effective in his portrayal of one man's revenge even if it is in a relatively simple fashion.

Best Scene: Paul's final "duel" with the criminals. 
4. Peter Falk in A Woman Under the Influence- Falk is good in his role always giving effective reactions throughout the film, that appropriately supports Gene Rowlands's great performance.

Best Scene: Nick fails as a father. 
3. Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein- Wilder is always very funny in his role, but really makes it work is his conviction in his portrayal of the insanity of his character.

Best Scene: Frankenstein tries to make his monster live.
2. Walter Matthau in The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three- Matthau is terrific here easily bringing a great deal of humor to his role without ever compromising any of his more dramatic moments.

Best Scene: The final shot of the film. 
1. Gene Hackman in The Conversation- Hackman stands easily as my choice in his incredible performance in this film. He is simply outstanding in his complex portrayal of this man's paranoia and guilt. There is not a single moment wasted in Hackman's unique and always fascinating characterization.

Best Scene: Harry snoops in on the hotel room next to his. 
Overall Rank:
  1. Gene Hackman in The Conversation
  2. Warren Oates in Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
  3. Art Carney in Harry and Tonto
  4. Jack Nicholson in Chinatown
  5. Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II
  6. John Hurt in Little Malcolm
  7. Walter Matthau in The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three
  8. Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein
  9. Jeff Bridges in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot 
  10. Robert Mitchum in The Yakuza
  11. James Caan in The Gambler
  12. Clint Eastwood in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
  13. Peter Falk in A Woman Under The Influence
  14. Dustin Hoffman in Lenny 
  15. Burt Reynolds in The Longest Yard
  16. Charles Bronson in Death Wish
  17. Bruno S. in The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
  18. Keith Carradine in Thieves Like Us
  19. Elliott Gould in California Split
  20. Giancarlo Giannini in Swept Away
  21. James Earl Jones in Claudine 
  22. Walter Matthau in The Front Page
  23. Elliott Gould in Busting 
  24. Anthony Perkins in Lovin' Molly
  25. Warren Beatty in The Parallax View
  26. Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein 
  27. Jack Lemmon in The Front Page
  28. George Segal in California Split 
  29. Beau Bridges in Lovin' Molly
  30. Dirk Bogarde in The Night Porter 
  31. Paul Newman in The Towering Inferno
  32. Steve McQueen in The Towering Inferno 
  33. William Atherton in The Sugarland Express
  34. Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles
  35. Sam Waterston in The Great Gatsby
  36. Pierre Blaise in Lacombe, Lucien
  37. Robert Blake in Busting
  38. Albert Finney in Murder on The Orient Express
  39. Bill Cosby in Uptown Saturday Night
  40. Michael Sacks in The Sugarland Express 
  41. William Finley in Phantom of the Paradise 
  42. Charlton Heston in Earthquake
  43. Richard Dreyfus in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
  44. Sidney Poitier in Uptown Saturday Night
  45. El Hedi ben Salem in Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  46. Robert Redford in The Great Gatsby 
  47. James Caan in Freebie and the Bean
  48. Roger Moore in The Man With the Golden Gun
  49. Dan O'Bannon in Dark Star
  50. Alan Arkin in Freebie and the Bean
Next Year: 1992


dinasztie said...

There was no other way, really. :D

RatedRStar said...

Jack Lemmon- Glengarry Glen Ross
Harvey Kietel- Bad Lieutenant
Tim Robbins- The Player
Chow Yun Fat - Hard Boiled
Gary Oldman- Dracula

Anonymous said...

Louis, when you do 73 can I suggest Hackman in Scarecrow? That s a really underrated performance of his that I think you would really love

Anonymous said...

There is justice for Gene Hackman! Although I'm surprised that you ranked Art Carney's fine performance over Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino.


joe burns said...

Yay, congrats to Gene Hackman!

Can you do B.S.A 2002 soon? I can't wait for your thoughts on Dennis Quaid!

Would you have given Richard Gere a lead or Supporting nomination for Chicago? You might not like him, but is it lead or supporting?

joe burns said...

I'd say lead in the end.

Maciej said...

Jack Lemmon - Glengarry Glen Ross
Jack Nicholson - Hoffa
Tim Robbins - The Player
Harvey Keitel - Bad Lieutenant
Harvey Keitel - Reservoir Dogs (since Louis does not have a stupid rule that keep actors from being nominated twice, it could be possible to see Keitel getting two nominations the same year in the same category)

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous: I'll certainly keep him in mind for 73.

Joe Burns: I'll certainly try to get a supporting year relatively soon, and I might do that for my first 00 year in supporting.

I would say Gere is lead. I may or may not review him depends on how the year is.

Michael Patison said...

Freshly interesting final rankings with the obvious exception of Hackman. As for 1992, I don't have my list that I made in front of me, but I'll do my best to remember:
Tim Robbins in The Player
Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men
Harvey Keitel in Bad Lieutenant
Jack Lemmon in Glengarry Glen Ross
Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny

You could also do:
Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own
Daniel Day-Lewis in The Last of the Mohicans
Harrison Ford in Patriot Games

DistinguishedFlyer said...

I agree completely with placing Hackman at the top, but I'm curious what you think of Warren Oates in Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia - it's perhaps the best thing he ever did, in the best film Sam Peckinpah ever made.

Tanvir Bashar said...

I wud just like to asks bro in ur opinion why do u think nicholson in chinatown was better than pacino in gf2 just askin bro ur reviews r great

Tanvir Bashar said...

I wud just like to ask u bro in ur opinion why do unthink nicholson in chinatown was better than pacino in gf2 just askin

Louis Morgan said...

Both give great performances, and I don't exactly think Nicholson's performance is better so to speak. They both excel with their roles. Nicholson's work I just found even more compelling than Pacino's, not by a lot but by a little.