Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Alternate Best Actor 1966: Results

5. Oskar Werner in Fahrenheit 451- Werner gives a fairly effective performance as a man who goes to a cog in the machine to a free thinker but the power of his work is somewhat muted when the director basically takes over for him at the end of the film.

Best Scene: Montag confronts his wife and her friends.
4. David Hemmings in Blow-Up- Hemmings gives a good performance as a photographer in a haze who is forced to drift out of it when he discovers something unusual in a photograph.

Best Scene: Thomas tries to tell his agent about the murder. 
3. James Mason in The Deadly Affair- James Mason gives a great and surprisingly emotionally charged performance as a government agent who lives through too many double crosses in both his professional and private life.

Best Scene: Dobbs figures out who his wife's most current affair is with.
2. Tatsuya Nakadai in The Sword of Doom- See Wallach's summary.

Best Scene: Ryunosuke "confronts" his past.
1. Eli Wallach in The Good, The Bad and the Ugly- Good Prediction Psifonian. Well this was not an easy choice to make as this year came down to Eli Wallach's and Tatsuya Nakadai's performances for me. Both are brilliant very physical performances that both excel in leading films even though they technically play reprehensible characters, in Nakadai's case extremely reprehensible. They are both outstanding in very different ways with Wallach giving a hilarious and very entertaining performance, and Nakdai is absolutely magnetic while being uncompromising in his depiction of the evil nature of his character. To try to decide between the two I re-watched my favorite scenes of each of their performances well that did not help either only reassuring the fact that I love both of their performances. I have to choose one though therefore I choose Wallach... I guess for the moment right now at this second.

Best Scene: Tuco meets with his brother.
Overall Rank:
  1. Eli Wallach in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  2. Tatsuya Nakadai in The Sword of Doom
  3. Paul Scofield in A Man For All Seasons
  4. Richard Burton in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
  5. Michael Caine in Alfie
  6. James Mason in The Deadly Affair
  7. Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
  8. Tatsuya Nakadai in The Face of Another
  9. Peter O'Toole in How To Steal a Million
  10. David Hemmings in Blow-Up
  11. Lee Marvin in The Professionals
  12. Robert Mitchum in El Dorado
  13. Burt Lancaster in The Professionals
  14. Adam West in Batman
  15. Jack Lemmon in The Fortune Cookie
  16. Jean-Louis Trintignant in A Man and a Woman
  17. Oskar Werner in Fahrenheit 451 
  18. Steve McQueen in The Sand Pebbles
  19. Alan Arkin in The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming
  20. Charlton Heston in Khartoum
  21. John Wayne El Dorado
  22. Zero Mostel in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
  23. Franco Nero in Django
  24. Carl Reiner in The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming
Next Year: 1966 Supporting


Anonymous said...

Lee Van Cleef- TGBAU
John Hurt- A Man For All Seasons

Michael McCarthy said...

Damn, thought I had this one. I also thought Burton would end up triumphing over all, but this is fair. Wallach did a remarkable job. I also love that Adam West gets a 4.

Well since it looks like you've already decided on Van Cleef, Hurt, Attenborough and Crenna, my pick for the opn spot is Orson Welles in A Man for All Seasons. Welles completely realized the character of Cardinal Wolsey in what was really only about 2 scenes.

Anonymous said...

A tie is not unheard of you know.
Lee Van Cleef in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
John Hurt in A Man For All Seasons
One of the villains from Batman (preferably Meredith or Gorshin)
Attenborough and Crenna in The Sand Pebbles

Psifonian said...

Wow, so surprised I guessed correctly.

1. Lee Van Cleef - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
2. Richard Attenborough - The Sand Pebbles
3. Orson Welles - A Man For All Seasons
4. Jack Palance - The Professionals
5. Ralph Bellamy - The Professionals

Michael Patison said...

Richard Attenborough in The Sand Pebbles
Richard Crenna in The Sand Pebbles
John Hurt in A Man for All Seasons
Lee Van Cleef in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Orson Welles in A Man for All Seasons

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous2: I know but it always feels like a bit of a cop out.

RatedRStar said...

shittttt I got my predictions wrong againnnnnn AHHHHHHH

RatedRStar said...

im sry im a bit drunk, cant belive that I lost again FUCKING OSKAR WERNER, im at university currently in my first day lol FRESHERS WEEK

Michael Patison said...

Since we haven't really given you many choices, here's some more. I don't really know much about the quality of any of them:
Laurence Olivier in Khartoum
Jack Palance in The Professionals
Robert Ryan in The Professionals
Maximilian Schell in The Deadly Affair
Woody Strode in The Professionals

Wow! That was a bust. You should probably actually just stick with the stuff we recommended already.

Michael Patison said...

Oh, I did forget Bellamy in The Professionals. I meant to put him instead of Strode, actually.

Mark said...

RatedRStar: Dude, I'm a freshman, too. Except I've been at college for like a month.

Michael McCarthy said...

Same here, it's been about 3 weeks.