Monday, 14 October 2013

Alternate Best Actor 1931 and Supporting Results

5. Boris Karloff in Frankenstein- Boris Karloff gives a remarkable performance by showing the tragedy behind the creation of the monster. 

Best Scene: The monster plays with Little Maria.
4. Bela Lugosi in Dracula- Bela Lugosi creates the iconic Dracula with menace but as well with a captivating allure.

Best Scene: "I Bid You Welcome"
3. Charlie Chaplin in City Lights- Chaplin is in top form as the tramp being both quite funny and very sweet in this winning performance.

Best Scene: The blind girl finally sees the tramp.
2. Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar- Edward G. Robinson makes another iconic character for 1931 in his brilliant tour de force that depicts the rise and fall of a little Caesar.

Best Scene: "Mother of Mercy, Is this the end of Rico?"
1. Peter Lorre in M- Good Prediction Psifonian, Anonymous, and koook160 feel free to name a year with a requested performance. This was actually a fairly strong year with great work from two of the all time snubbed. Although I do love Robinson in Little Caesar my vote easily goes to Peter Lorre's absolutely chilling and oddly sympathetic work in M.

Best Scene:Hans Beckert stands trail.
Overall Rank:
  1. Peter Lorre in M
  2. Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar
  3. Charlie Chaplin in City Lights
  4. James Cagney in Public Enemy
  5. Bela Lugosi in Dracula
  6. Boris Karloff in Frankenstein
  7. Fredric March in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  8. Jackie Cooper in Skippy
  9. Oliver Hardy in Chickens Come Home
  10. Stan Laurel in Chicken Come Home
  11. Groucho Marx in Monkey Business
  12. Colin Clive in Frankenstein 
  13. Adolphe Menjou in The Front Page
  14. Pat O'Brien in The Front Page
  15. John Barrymore in Svengali
  16. Jackie Cooper in The Champ
  17. Wallace Beery in The Champ
  18. Richard Cortez in The Maltese Falcon
  19. Alfred Lunt in The Guardsman
  20. Phillips Holmes in The Criminal Code
  21. Charles Farrell in Delicious
  22. Raul Roulien in Delicious
  23. Richard Dix in Cimarron
Supporting Overall Rank:
  1. Boris Karloff in The Criminal Code
  2. Lionel Barrymore in A Free Soul
  3. Clark Gable in A Free Soul
  4. Harry Myers in City Lights
  5. Zeppo Marx in Monkey Business 
  6. Clark Gable in Night Nurse 
  7. Gustaf Grundgens in M
  8. James Finlayson in Chickens Come Home
  9. Walter Huston in The Criminal Code
  10. Dwight Frye in Frankenstein

Next Year: 1944 lead

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity
Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace
Dana Andrews in Laura

RatedRStar said...

Cary Grant - Arsenic And Old Lace
Fred MacMurray - Double Indeminity
Eddie Bracken - The Miracle Of Morgans Creek
Charles Laughton - The Suspect
Humphrey Bogart - To Have and Have Not

Michael McCarthy said...

Fred MacMurray-Double Imndmenity
Cary Grant-Arsenic & Old Lace
Dana Andrews -Laura
Charles Laughton-Suspect
Eddie Bracken-Hail the Conquering Hero (I do think Miracle at Morgan's Creek is better, but I personally enjoyed him more in this)

Michael Patison said...

Interesting move on the supporting with only giving five, but not a decision I'm against at all. It makes complete sense.

As for 1944 Lead:
Dana Andrews in Laura
Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not
Eddie Bracken in The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace
Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity

Some others, though, to be honest, I have seen not one of them:
Spencer Tracy in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (I know you'll never do this one)
Robert Young in The Canterville Ghost (I can't really tell whether he, Laughton, or both are the leads)
Dennis Price in A Canterbury Tale
Eddie Bracken in Hail the Conquering Hero
Nikolai Cherkasov in Ivan the Terrible
Ronald Colman in Kismet
George Sanders in The Lodger
Ray Milland in Ministry of Fear
Dick Powell in Murder, My Sweet
Humphrey Bogart in Passage to Marseille
Spencer Tracy in The Seventh Cross
Charles Laughton in The Suspect
Dana Andrews in Wing and a Prayer
Don Ameche in Wing and a Prayer
Edward G. Robinson in The Woman in the Window

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

My request is Joaquin Phoenix in We Own the Night for 2007 Lead Actor.

RatedRStar said...

=) ah Joaquin Phoenix, my old enemy, we meet again very soon lol.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

You will when Louis inevitably reviews him for Her, whether he be nominated or not.

Michael Patison said...

Too right you are, Robert. I've heard absolutely amazing things about that movie.

RatedRStar said...

ye im dreading the thought of seeing Joaquin get another Oscar nomination lol, but I suppose you might be entertained by my angry reaction if it happens lol.

Michael Patison said...

I wouldn't automatically throw in the towel on his performance until you've seen it.

Some to maybe look (I guess) to hopefully flesh out a more complete Supporting list this year:
City Lights (Guy Kibbee and Paul Lukas)
Five Star Final (Boris Karloff and H.B. Warner, though it also adds a leading Edward G. Robinson turn)
Smart Money (James Cagney, plus another Edward G. Robinson role)

Now if you wanted recommendations that were concrete because we've seen the film, then I'm sorry because I got nothing.

RatedRStar said...

well its going back to the opinion of the performance and the person playing it, disliking a person in general kind of, hinders my position on a performance which is probably why I wouldn't be a critic, or a good one.

Michael Patison said...

For this year's supporting, I forgot about Private Lives (Reginald Denny).

Anonymous said...

Has anyone seen Prisoners? I thought Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal were both excellent.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

I saw it. I loved Gyllenhaal, thought Jackman overacted. Terrence Howard surprised me.

Louis Morgan said...

I saw it, Gyllenhaal was great.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

What did you think of Jackman?

Louis Morgan said...

Thought he was better then Sean Penn in Mystic River, having said that though I thought Gyllenhaal completely overshadowed him.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

I actually thought he was worse than Sean Penn in Mystic River. Those fucking fake tears from both eyelashes. UGH. But yeah, Gyllenhaal OWNED that movie. I'm still debating whether I consider him, Bradley Cooper in The Place Beyond the Pines, or Ethan Hawke my favorite Lead Actors so far. Horrifyingly, I think Gyllenhaal and Cooper are being run as Supporting.

Anonymous said...

I disagree about Jackman. I thought he was fantastic. Not quite on the level of his work in Les Mis, but almost. In my opinion.

Anonymous said...

koook: I think Gyllenhaal's being put in supporting, which is odd, because he actually has MORE screentime than Jackman.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Prisoners, what did you think of the supporting cast? Men and women.

Louis Morgan said...

I thought Paul Dano and Melissa Leo were both very good, Terrence Howard and Viola Davis were both solid, and Maria Bello was terrible.

Anonymous said...

Maria Bello WAS terrible.

Grady Tripp said...

You could consider Dwight Frye for "Frankenstein" in supporting?

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

I thought they were all pretty damn good, barring Bello who probably had the worst written character. Howard impressed me the most of the Supporting cast. His horrified reactions spoke leagues more about his character than any of Jackman's histrionics. By the way, the only time I've been impressed with Jackman would be The Prestige.

Michael Patison said...

Though it's really unrelated to Best Actor, what has everybody thought about Gravity? I was blown away you can read my review here http://www.michaelpsmoviereviews.blogspot.com/2013/10/gravity-when-devastating-beauty-meets.html?m=1), but shameless self plugging aside, I thought it was technically perfect pretty much.

Anonymous said...

koook: He was very good in The Prestige, but I thought Christian Bale was better.

Michael Patison said...

I disagree. I though Jackman was the standout there. I found that Bale didn't do enough to differentiate how he portrayed his character from how he portrays some of his other roles. I must say I was impressed by Jackman in Les Miserables, but I know Robert will disagree wholeheartedly with me there. The Prestige still stands for me as his best performance for me though. My qualms about Bale in it are not damning, however. I'd still give him a 4. Jackman would get either a strong 4.5 or a weak 5 from me.

Psifonian said...

Request? Alejandro Jodorowsky in "El Topo."

Michael Patison said...

I'm still on this attempt to find you other possible performances for 1931 Supporting because I hate only seeing 5 and not ten, so here's a few more. I've mostly just been looking for notable actors not necessarily with any idea of how good they actually are:
The Criminal Code (Boris Karloff, with Walter Huston in the lead)
Mata Hari (Lionel Barrymore and Lewis Stone)
The Millionaire (James Cagney)
The Secret Six (Ralph Bellamy and Clark Gable)

Michael Patison said...

I'm glad to see that at least one of my shots-in-the-dark was helpful.

Louis Morgan said...

Karloff was quite a boss in that film.