Friday, 18 October 2013

Alternate Best Actor 1944: Results

5. Eddie Bracken in Hail the Conquering Hero-Bracken gives an enjoyable performance and handles his final dramatic speech well, but his best performance of the year was in the other Preston Sturges comedy he starred in.

Best Scene: The "hero" tells the truth.
4. Peter Lorre in The Mask of Dimitrios- Lorre really does not have a character so it is to his testament that he still gives an effective and enjoyable performance.

Best Scene: Cornelius finds the smuggler in his room.
3. Ray Milland in Ministry of Fear- Milland leads this thriller effectively throughout and delivers when needing to delve in his character's dark background.

Best Scene: Stephen tells about how he murdered his wife.
2. Edward G. Robinson in The Woman in the Window- Robinson gives a subdued and effective performance as the lead in a noir who is frankly to old for a noir.

Best Scene: The professor tries to come up with a way to kill a blackmailer.
1. Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity- Good Prediction Michael Patison, JackiBoyz, RatedRStar and moviefilm. (I should note I allowed the correct prediction apply in terms of Milland whether your prediction correctly placed him for The Uninvited or Ministry of Fear) MacMurray wins this year without a second thought as his portrayal of the insurance salesman whose lusts get the better for him stands easily as the strongest leading performance of the year.

Best Scene: Keyes lights the match of Neff.
Overall Rank:
  1. Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity
  2. Laurence Olivier in Henry V
  3. Charles Boyer in Gaslight
  4. Laird Cregar in The Lodger
  5. Alexander Knox in Wilson
  6. Edward G. Robinson in The Woman in the Window
  7. Ray Milland in Ministry of Fear
  8. Eddie Bracken in The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
  9. Claude Rains in Mr. Skeffington
  10. Gregory Peck in The Keys to the Kingdom
  11. Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not
  12. Van Johnson in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
  13. Peter Lorre in The Mask of Dimitrios
  14. Ray Milland in The Uninvited
  15. Eddie Bracken in Hail the Conquering Hero
  16. Dana Andrews in Laura
  17. Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace
  18. George Sanders in The Lodger
  19. Spencer Tracy in The Seventh Cross
  20. Bing Crosby in Going My Way
  21. Cary Grant in None but the Lonely Heart
  22. Zachary Scott in The Mask of Dimitrios
Next Year: 1944 Supporting

24 comments:

RatedRStar said...

eh lol? im a bit confused, I think I got my prediction wrong didn't I.

RatedRStar said...

oh wait I guess I didn't cause of The Uninvited, ah well thanks lol =D, um my request is gonna be

Jean Marais -Beauty And The Beast (Best Actor 1946)

RatedRStar said...

Peter Lorre - Arsenic And Old Lace
William Bendix - Lifeboat
Edward G Robinson - Double Indeminity
William Demarest - The Miracle Of Morgans Creek
Sydney Greenstreet - The Mask Of Dimitrios

JackiBoyz said...

oh sweet my request is Burt Lancaster for supporting 83 in Local Hero.

Edward G Robinson - Double Indeminity
Peter Lorre - Arsenic And Old Lace
William Bendix - Lifeboat
John Hodiak - Lifeboat
William Demarest - Hail The Conquering Hero

Michael Patison said...

William Bendix in Lifeboat
Laird Cregar in The Lodger
William Demarest in The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
Van Johnson in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Peter Lorre in Arsenic and Old Lace
Edward G. Robinson in Double Indemnity
Robert Walker in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

As for my request, I'll go with Donald Sutherland in Without Limits in 1998 Supporting. It's probably just a 4-star performance, but I think it's great.

RatedRStar said...

The Lodger might be an interesting film to check out, looks disturbing lol.

Michael Patison said...

I also forgot Sydney Greenstreet in The Mask of Dimitrios, but it looks like others got that one mentioned.

Mark said...

Something I've always wondered, not just from Louis but from everyone. What is the best Lead Actor performance you've seen, nominated or not? For me it's Robert De Niro in Raging Bull.

JackiBoyz said...

mines would be a tie between Toshiro Mifune in Rashomon and Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

For me it would be Case Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Yes, I know he was put in Supporting, and I will call bullshit on that until I die.

Michael Patison said...

Almost positive Louis is going to say F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus, and I'm going to have to agree with him there.

Louis Morgan said...

Michael Patison: You called it.

RatedRStar said...

um I don't no if im honest who id choose lol, I could give an easy answer which would be quite biased lol.

Matt Mustin said...

I don't know about LEAD, but my favourite SUPPORTING performance is probably Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight.

RatedRStar said...

I guess mines would be William Hurt in Kiss Of The Spider Woman by default.

RatedRStar said...

what about supporting, whos everyones favourite supporting performance.

Michael Patison said...

My favorite Supporting is most certainly George Sanders in All About Eve.

Off the top of my head, I think my second favorite is Philippe Noiret in Cinema Paradiso.

Louis Morgan said...

Robert Shaw in Jaws

Mark said...

Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction

Edward L. said...

Mine are as follows:

Leading: Olivier Gourmet in Le Fils
Supporting: Robert Shaw in Jaws

Louis Morgan said...

RatedRStar: I'm actually watching The Lodger right now, Cregar's great but I'd put him in lead.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Supporting would be Martin Landau in Ed Wood for me. Seriously, that's the performance that made me love acting.

Louis Morgan said...

Landau would be an absurdly strong number 2 for me.

moviefilm said...

So, my request is Tobey Maguire for Brothers. He was considered leading for the awards race, but I consider him supporting. So I'll leave it on you, Louis. :)
And my favourite performances:
leading actor: Robert De Niro - Awakenings or Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler
leading actress: Ellen Burstan - Requiem for a Dream
supporting actor: (Extremely hard to choose one) Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
supporting actress: Mo'Nique - Precious and Anne Ramsey - Throw Momma from the Train