Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Alternate Best Actor 1991

And the Nominees Were Not:

John Turturro in Barton Fink

River Phoenix in My Own Private Idaho

Val Kilmer in The Doors

Viggo Mortensen in The Indian Runner

Raul Julia in The Addams Family


Michael Patison said...

Intriguing line-up:
1. John Turturro
2. Val Kilmer
3. Viggo Mortensen
4. River Phoenix
5. Raúl Juliá

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

My guess:

1. Phoenix
2. Turturro
3. Mortensen
4. Kilmer
5. Julia

Let's see if you think as highly of Phoenix's swan song as other critics.

Mark said...

1. Tuturro
2. Mortensen
3. Phoenix
4. Kilmer
5. Julia

Anonymous said...

Turturro gave the performance of his life in Barton Fink.

Michael Patison said...

I actually just watched some of Phoenix and I'll change:
1. John Turturro
2. River Phoenix
3. Val Kilmer
4. Viggo Mortensen
5. Raul Julia

RatedRStar said...

Phoenix is nearly perfect, except one problem Keanu fucking Reeves who is absolutely fucking useless in the film.

Kilmer doesnt have that problem and thats why im going for him, Turturro was great, I always thought Goodman kinda stole the show from him though.

1.Val Kilmer
2.River Phoenix
3.John Turturro
4.Viggo Mortensen
5.Raul Julia

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Reeves was actually pretty good in a movie called Thumbsucker. Hilarious, in fact.

Anonymous said...

RatedRStar: Oh, Goodman absolutely steals the show, and it's his best work too.

moviefilm said...

1) River Phoenix
2) John Turturro
3) Viggo Mortensen
4) Val Kilmer
5) Raul Julia

Maciej said...


Lezlie said...


1. John Turturro
2. Val Kilmer
3. Viggo Mortensen
4. River Phoenix
5. Raul Julia

George Woolf said...

Oh, no place for Jeff Bridges in "The Fisher King"? That's sad! =/

But oh, well... My predictions!^^

1- Turturro
2- Phoenix
3- Kilmer
4- Mortensen
5- Julia

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

I remember Louis mentioning he wasn't that impressed with Bridges in that one. Funny, I found him to be the only impressive thing about The Fisher King.

Louis Morgan said...

Well the last spot for me came down to Julia, Bridges and Costner. I decided just to go with my favorite actor of the three.

As for Bridges I did think he was the best part of the film, but honestly I did not like the film all that much.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Are you going to review him for The Fabulous Baker Boys?

Louis Morgan said...

It seems very likely considering few leading performances stick out as obvious nominees for 89.

RatedRStar said...

89 leading seems really weak, these were what I had as the alternate nominees for 89

Matt Dillon - Drugstore Cowboy
John Cusack - Say Anything
Matthew Broderick - Glory
Chow Yun Fat - All About Ah Long
Jeff Bridges - The Fabulous Baker Boys

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

John Candy in Uncle Buck?

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

I'm digging up some 1989 contenders right now (in addition to the ones mentioned);

Michael Gambon in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, Her Lover
Stephen Lang in The Last Exit to Brooklyn
James Spader in sex, lies, and videotape
Michael Douglas in The War of the Roses
Michel Blanc in Monsieur Hire

Michael Patison said...

Spike Lee in Do the Right Thing is also a great option. I personally really like Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, but I know that's probably not a popular sentiment. Other than that, I love Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally... Bridges, Dillon, and Spader are all really good options as well.

RatedRStar said...

good thing now is that Louis now has a bunch of performances to choose from lol when he gets to 89 lol =D.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Lee was the only bad part of Do the Right Thing.

Michael Patison said...

Then we must agree to disagree completely on this one.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

You didn't think he was wooden, even slightly?

bondfan said...

1. Turturro
2. Phoenix
3. Kilmer
4. Mortensen
5. Julia

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Um, I know this is a little early (like a week), but here's some suggestions for 1991 supporting actor while they're fresh in my head:

Laurence Fishburne in Boyz N the Hood
Samuel L. Jackson in Jungle Fever
Gary Oldman in JFK
John Goodman in Barton Fink (probably a foregone conclusion that he'll win)
Donald Sutherland in JFK
Ice Cube in Boyz N the Hood (Depends on who you ask it seems. You can wither fault him for playing "himself", or praise him for giving a performance of quality he never would do again)
Someone from the huge-ass cast in The Grand Canyon
Christopher Lloyd in The Addams Family
Roy Scheider in Naked Lunch
Russell Crowe in Proof (might be lead)
Alan Rickman in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (delicious ham)
Ted Levine in The Silence of the Lambs
Christopher Plummer in Star Trek VI
Ned Beatty in Hear My Song

mrripley said...

Hi some 89 lead thought kevin costner field of dreams,donald sutherland for a dry white season,john hurt scandal,billy crystal when harry met sally,michael keaton batman.

91 support

john goodman barton fink
donald sutherland jfk
don baker cape fear
steven hill billy bathgate
bruce willis mortal thoughts

Michael Patison said...

On an unrelated note, I recently saw the 2005 Merchant-Ivory The White Countess and thought it, and Ralph Fiennes, were both quite good. I like Merchant-Ivory productions more than most, but I thought this was one of their better efforts, especially in their later years (this was their last, I believe). I think it would definitely be worth the time.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Honestly, I wish Helena Bonham Carter would go back to her Merchant-Ivory roots instead of playing her husband's gothic Lolita sex doll in everything.

Michael Patison said...

I completely agree. He two best performances undoubtedly were in Howards End and The Wings of the Dove, which while not Merchant-Ivory certainly has the feel of one of their movies. She's also not shabby in A Room with a View, though her inexperience shows some.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

I'd give her the wins in both of those years (1992 Supporting and 1997 Lead).