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. Art Carney in Harry and Tonto
  3. Jack Nicholson in Chinatown
  4. Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II
  5. Walter Matthau in The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three
  6. Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein
  7. Jeff Bridges in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
  8. Clint Eastwood in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
  9. Peter Falk in A Woman Under The Influence
  10. Dustin Hoffman in Lenny
  11. Charles Bronson in Death Wish
  12. Warren Beatty in The Parallax View
  13. Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein
  14. Paul Newman in The Towering Inferno
  15. Steve McQueen in The Towering Inferno
  16. Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles
  17. Albert Finney in Murder on The Orient Express
Next Year: 1992

13 comments:

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.

Eddie

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.