Friday, 20 December 2013

Alternate Best Actor 1955: Results

5. James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause- Despite his overacted first scene Dean gives an effective performance relying on his unique charisma.

Best Scene: Jim tries to save Plato.
4. Alec Guinness in The Prisoner- This a disjointed work, but Guinness gives a powerful turn nevertheless.

Best Scene: The Cardinal breaks down.
3. Alec Guinness in The Ladykillers- Guinness gives a very enjoyable performance in his peculiar creation. 

Best Scene: Professor Marcus double crosses Louie.
2. Toshiro Mifune in I live in Fear- Mifune, despite being quite miscast as a seventy year old, gives a powerful portrayal of a debilitating fear.

Best Scene: Nakajima looks on as another man states facts about nuclear fallout.
1. Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter- Good predictions Mark, Maciej, Kevin. Robert Mitchum gives perhaps his best performance. Mitchum gives a brilliantly stylistic turn in his creation of the charming, passionate and sadistic Harry Powell. The year overall came right down to the evil preacher and the good butcher. I'll give Mitchum the win for the moment, but a re-watch of Marty could possibly swing things Borgnine's way as they both give great performances.

Best Scene: Powell prepares for a murder.
Overall Rank:
  1. Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter
  2. Ernest Borgnine in Marty
  3. Laurence Olivier in Richard III
  4. Spencer Tracy in Bad Day At Black Rock
  5. James Dean in East of Eden
  6. Toshiro Mifune in I Live in Fear
  7. Alec Guinness in The Ladykillers
  8. Alec Guinness in The Prisoner
  9. Fredric March in The Desperate Hours
  10. James Stewart in The Man From Laramie
  11. Toshiro Mifune in Samurai II
  12. Henry Fonda in Mister Roberts
  13. James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause
  14. Richard Todd in The Dam Busters
  15. Jack Hawkins in The Prisoner
  16. Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief
  17. Humphrey Bogart in The Desperate Hours
  18. Michael Redgrave in The Dam Busters
  19. Glenn Ford in Blackboard Jungle
  20. Ralph Meeker in Kiss Me Deadly
  21. James Cagney in Love Me or Leave Me
  22. Glenn Ford in Trial
  23. Edmund Gwenn in The Trouble With Harry
  24. John Forsythe in The Trouble With Harry
  25. William Holden in Picnic
  26. Larry Roberts in Lady and the Tramp
  27. Frank Sinatra in The Man with the Golden Arm
  28. William Holden in Love is a Many-Splendored Thing
  29. Bela Lugosi in Bride of the Monster
  30. Billy Chapin in The Night of the Hunter
  31. Tony McCoy in Bride of the Monster
Next Year: 1955 Supporting

19 comments:

RatedRStar said...

Raymond Massey - East Of Eden
Robert Ryan - Bad Day At Black Rock
William Powell - Mister Roberts
Arthur Kennedy - The Man From Larasie
Rod Steiger - Oklahoma

RatedRStar said...

Can Arthur Kennedy finally give a great performance.

Can Robert Ryan finally win.

Will Raymond Massey be considered overated by Louis.

Will William Holden and Rod Steiger return to the Oscar blog.

Will Louis ever see Diabolique.

Tune in next week, same Louis time, same Morgan channel.

JackiBoyz said...

BATMAN =D.

Robert Ryan - Bad Day At Black Rock
Raymond Massey - East Of Eden
Sidney Poitier - Blackboard Jungle
Arthur Kennedy - The Man From Larasie
Takashi Shimura - I Live in Fear

RatedRStar said...

What did you make to Memories of Murder =D Louis.

Louis Morgan said...

RatedRStar: I rather liked it, I found its ending scenes particularly effective. I was a little taken aback at first with how light of a tone it had considering its subject matter and the fact that South Korean films of this vein tend to be rather grim. I did not mind though, as I found quite compelling throughout and funny when it wanted to be. On side note, although Song Kang-ho is decent actor, and pretty good in this film, whenever I see him all I can think is how much better Choi Min-sik would be in the same role.

Anonymous said...

Robert Ryan - Bad Day At Black Rock
Raymond Massey - East Of Eden
Arthur Kennedy - The Man From Laramie
Paul Maurisse - Diabolique
Charles Vanel - Diabolique

Maciej said...

My winning request would be Peter Boyle in "Joe", for 1970 (I'll leave the category to you Louis, since he isn't quite leading, but also a bit more than supporting, so whatever would fit you :D).

As for '55 supporting, the only performance that comes to my mind is Massy in "East of Eden".

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Raymond Massey in East of Eden
James Cagney in Mister Roberts
Sidney Poitier in Blackboard Jungle
Robert Ryan in Bad Day at Black Rock
Takeshi Shimura in I Live in Fear

Mark said...

Ah, hell. I'll have a little fun for this one. My winning request is 2004 Best Actor- Will Ferrell in Anchorman.

Matt Mustin said...

Mark: Oh, this should be fun.

Michael Patison said...

For 1955 Supporting:
Arthur Kennedy in The Man from Laramie
Raymond Massey in East of Eden
Sidney Poitier in Blackboard Jungle
Robert Ryan in Bad Day at Black Rock
Takashi Shimura in I Live in Fear
Charles Vanel in Diabolique

RatedRStar said...

at least the 2004 predictions should be easier now =D for last place that is =D.

Marissa Gingold said...

For 1955 supporting actor
William Powell in Mister Roberts
James Cagney in Mister Roberts
Sidney Poitier in Blackboard Jungle
Vic Morrow in Blackboard Jungle
Raymond Massey in East of Eden

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Will Ferrell? If I knew someone would request him I would have requested Rip Torn in Dodgeball for 2004 supporting a year ago! No, seriously.

JackiBoyz said...

This is off topic but Louis, you once said The World According to Garp is a very unique film, what did you mean by that, was it nice or odd or ? lol.

Louis Morgan said...

What I meant was that its story was all it's own. I'm not really that much of fan of the film. I think it's fine, but I don't find it all that interesting.

Mark said...

I see you put Olivier in this year instead of the next. Now that they're not competeing against each other, what performance do you truely think is better: Douglas or Olivier?

Louis Morgan said...

A re-watch Richard might either give Olivier the win out of the official nominees or give Douglas the win, but in my memory they are still on the same level.

Kevin said...

Hey Louis, my request is for 2009 Best Actor -

Sharlto Copley in District 9