Thursday, 3 October 2013

Alternate Best Actor 1978: Results

5. Christopher Reeve in Superman- Reeve has some weaknesses in his performance but it is hard to think of an actor more fitting for the role of Superman.

Best Scene: Superman sees that he has failed.
4. Dustin Hoffman in Straight Time- Hoffman gives a solid performance that overcomes the fact that he doesn't exactly fit the part, although it seems he could have gone further with the role.

Best Scene: Max confronts his worthless driver.
3. Anthony Hopkins in Magic- Hopkins is quite effective in portraying all acts of a man and his puppet who he is a little too friendly with.

Best Scene: Corky tries not to use Fats for five minutes.
2. Donald Pleasence in Halloween- Pleasence gives a great performance that adds so effectively to the atmosphere of dread found in his film.

Best Scene: Dr. Loomis describes Micheal Myers.
1. Peter Ustinov in Death on the Nile- Good Prediction Psifonian, feel free to name a year and a performance. Peter Ustinov is an absolute delight as Poirot acting as a witty entertaining guide for the audience to follow through the murder mystery.

Best Scene: Poirot reveals the murderer.
Overall Rank: 
  1. Robert De Niro in The Deer Hunter
  2. Jon Voight in Coming Home
  3. Peter Ustinov in Death on the Nile
  4. Donald Pleasence in Halloween
  5. Gary Busey in The Buddy Holly Story
  6. Anthony Hopkins in Magic
  7. Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  8. Dustin Hoffman in Straight Time
  9. Robert Shaw in Force 10 From Navarone
  10. Christopher Reeve in Superman
  11. Laurence Olivier in The Boys From Brazil
  12. Gregory Peck in The Boys From Brazil 
  13. John Travolta in Grease
  14. Warren Beatty in Heaven Can Wait
  15. Richard Gere in Days of Heaven
  16. Roy Scheider in Jaws 2 
  17. James Caan in Comes a Horseman
  18. Harrison Ford in Force 10 From Navarone
  19. Ugo Tognazzi in La Cage aux Folles
  20. Michel Serrault in La Cage aux Folles
  21. George Segal in Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe 
  22. Mark Hamill in Corvette Summer
  23. Michael Caine in The Swarm
  24. Brad Davis in Midnight Express
  25. Christopher Guard in The Lord of the Rings
  26. John Travolta in Moment by Moment
Next Year: 1978 Supporting

17 comments:

RatedRStar said...

Gene Hackman - Superman
John Savage - The Deer Hunter
John Cazale - The Deer Hunter
Robert Morley - Who Is Killing The Great Chefs Of Europe
Dudley Moore - Foul Play

Anonymous said...

Gene Hackman- Superman
James Mason- Heaven Can Wait
John Savage and John Cazale- The Deer Hunter
Harry Dean Stanton- Straight Time

Michael McCarthy said...

So Pleasence stays in lead huh? Interesting...

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

John Belushi in Animal House
John Vernon in Animal House (For God's sake, review him!)
Robert Morley in Who Is Killing The Great Chefs Of Europe
Gene Hackman in Superman
Harry Dean Stanton in Straight Time

Michael Patison said...

John Belushi in Animal House
John Cazale in The Deer Hunter
Gene Hackman in Superman
Robert Morley in Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?
John Savage in The Deer Hunter
Sam Shepard in Days of Heaven
Harry Dean Stanton in Strait Time

RatedRStar said...

nice to see Gary Busey stay in the top 5, I think he is quite a sweet guy deep down lol (I watched him on The Celebrity Apprentice lol)

Anonymous said...

RatedRStar: You've really got to stop assessing actors based on how you feel about them personally.

Michael Patison said...

Anonymous: I almost shot you a nasty comment until I reread the comment because I thought you said obsessing. Now I completely agree with you.

RatedRStar said...

I respectfully disagree, I think liking a performance is one thing but if you like the actor him/herself as well as the performance then it aids it because it makes me think "yay an actor/actress I like as a person is giving a great performance and that's sweettt"

I think it also helps (in my opinion) if I feel sorry for the actor like a Montgomery Clift or a James Mason.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

On topic, Louis, I am BEGGING you to review John Vernon in Animal House. To me, it's a criminally underrated comedic performance.

Psifonian said...

John Savage, The Deer Hunter
Sam Shepard, Days of Heaven
James Mason, The Boys from Brazil
John Vernon, National Lampoon's Animal House
Harry Dean Stanton, Straight Time

Michael McCarthy said...

...Anthony Perkins in Les Mis? (Yeah I know he's ineligible but I can try :P)

Psifonian said...

Also, 1971 will be my choice for year, with Attenborough in "10 Rillington Place" as performance.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Michael McCarthy brings up an interesting idea. You should review more TV movie/miniseries performances. Perkins in Les Mis, as he's suggested, but also people like Guiness in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, etc.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous: I think I will have to do a tv movie performance special sometime down the road.

Michael Patison said...

Psifonian, he's already done 1971 Lead. I guess you could request the performance as something for him to watch and review and add to the reviews.

Anonymous said...

Davis is lower than Travolta? What?