Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Alternate Best Actor 1948: Results

5. Orson Welles in Macbeth- Although there may be a little more to be desired from his vocal portrayal, Welles's silent portrayal of Macbeth is good.

Best Scene: Macbeth finally understands the prophecy. 
4. Lamberto Maggiorani in Bicycle Thieves- Maggiorani gives a simple but effective performance that serves the purpose of his film well.

Best Scene: Antonio becomes a thief himself. 
3. Ralph Richardson in The Fallen Idol-Richardson gives a strong performance showing both the idol a child would see, but as well the lonely sad man an adult would see.

Best Scene: Baines tells Phillipe about his African adventure. 
2. Toshiro Mifune in Drunken Angel- Mifune gives a great early performance by accentuating the foolishness in pride but as well suggesting the underlying possibility of redemption.

Best Scene: Matsunaga finds out about the real "honor" of the Yakuza.
1. Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre- Good Prediction Psifonian feel free to name a year and a performance. Bogart in this film gives his very best performance powerfully and believably portraying the slow descent of a somewhat decent drifter to a pathetic gold obsessed mad man.

Best Scene: Dobbs tries to find Curtin.
Overall Rank:
  1. Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  2. Laurence Olivier in Hamlet
  3. Toshiro Mifune in Drunken Angel
  4. Ralph Richardson in The Fallen Idol
  5. Takashi Shimura in Drunken Angel
  6. Van Heflin in Act of Violence 
  7. James Stewart in Call Northside 777
  8. Lamberto Maggiorani in Bicycle Thieves
  9. Montgomery Clift in The Search
  10. Orson Welles in Macbeth
  11. John Wayne in Red River
  12. Montgomery Clift in Red River
  13. Barry Fitzgerald in The Naked City
  14. Anton Walbrook in The Red Shoes
  15. Tim Holt in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 
  16. Henry Fonda in Fort Apache 
  17. Clifton Webb in Sitting Pretty
  18. Ivan Jandl in The Search 
  19. Lew Ayres in Johnny Belinda
  20. John Wayne in Fort Apache
  21. Humphrey Bogart in Key Largo
  22. Tyrone Power in Luck of the Irish
  23. John Dall in Rope
  24. Farley Granger in Rope
  25. Bobby Henrey in The Fallen Idol
  26. John Howard Davies in Oliver Twist
  27. Don Taylor in The Naked City
  28. Bud Abbott in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
  29. Robert Young in Sitting Pretty
  30. Dan Dailey in When My Baby Smiles At Me
  31. Lou Costello in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Next Year: 48 Supporting

15 comments:

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

I assume Stewart and Guinness are musts?

Michael Patison said...

Wonderful job, as usual. Some suggestions for 1948 Supporting:
Lionel Barrymore in Key Largo
Marius Goring in The Red Shoes
Edward G. Robinson in Key Largo
James Stewart in Rope

I'll add more if I think of/find any.

RatedRStar said...

Edward G Robinson - Key Largo
James Stewart - Rope
Robert Douglas - Adventures Of Don Juan
Burt Lancaster - Sorry Wrong Number
Vincent Price - The Three Muskateers
Lionel Barrymore - Key Largo

RatedRStar said...

ive got a feeling that this will be one of them quick fire years like 35 supporting as I think only Robinson and Stewart are the two performances that are actually really strong instead of just ok like the others.

Anonymous said...

is Call Northside 777 any good?

Louis Morgan said...

Yes I would say so.

Michael Patison said...

I would guess the same, RatedRStar, though he could prove us completely wrong. I would probably add Barrymore to Stewart and Robinson. But still, 3 performances, at least one of which, at least in my opinion, is really only a 4 star level performance (Barrymore) is not enough, at least in my opinion, to warrant full write-ups

RatedRStar said...

@Michael Patison: Robert Ryan was solid enough I thought 2 in Act Of Violence so I guess thats four performances that would be worth it I guess, is there a good 5th performance though

Michael Patison said...

As for another deserving performance, I guess Enzo Staiola in Bicycle Thieves would work, though you've already mentioned how tremendously De Sica's astonishing direction forms the film and how Maggiorani, and Staiola for that matter, are merely cogs in the machine, though decidedly worthy and useful cogs. I was struck by Staiola simply because he was quite good, which is something that only a small number of child actors manage. You mentioned some reasons why this might be in your review of Justin Henry, and your rankings of the likes of Ivan Jandl and Bobby Henrey back it up: most people simply don't have the heart to tell a 7 year old he just isn't good. I rewatched Shadow of a Doubt a few days ago and, as always, loved the film (more so every time), but this time found myself wishing Teresa Wright's siblings didn't exist.

RatedRStar said...

I guess my choices would look like this now

Edward G Robinson - Key Largo
James Stewart - Rope
Lionel Barrymore - Key Largo
Robert Ryan - Act Of Violence


Maybe Louis will surprise us lol.

RatedRStar said...

adding Enzo makes five I guess, just depends if we get a surprise lol.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Alec Guinness in Oliver Twist anyone?

Michael Patison said...

Louis, FYI you forgot Tyrone Power in The Luck of the Irish.

Psifonian said...

Haha, excellent choice for Best Actor.

I'm going to suggest 1986 Best Actor, with any of the following gents:

Jeremy Irons, The Mission
Robert De Niro, The Mission
Jeff Goldblum, The Fly
Kyle MacLachlan, Blue Velvet
River Phoenix, Stand By Me

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

MacLachlan? I mean, I love Blue Velvet but I wouldn't consider that a particularly good performance. In fact, I'd say he sort of sucked. Then again, Lynch DID want a blank cypher for that character, so what do I know?