Saturday, 7 December 2013

Alternate Best Actor 1964: Results

5. Michael Caine in Zulu- Caine makes a misstep with his characterization at the beginning of the film, but makes up for it through his more assured performance later in the film.

Best Scene: The volley.
4. Dirk Bogarde in King & Country- Bogarde gives a very solid and rather unique performance as a soldier who slowly grows more invested into his case even if that growing investment means a growing personal shame.

Best Scene: Captain Hargreaves questions his superior after the trial.
3. Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars- Eastwood is terrific in his creation of the Man with No Name who can be enjoyably deadpan but is as well can bring emotional poignancy when necessary.

Best Scene: The final duel.
2. Tom Courtenay in King & Country- Courtenay gives a heartbreaking portrait of the end result of an endless time in the trenches of World War I.

Best Scene: Private Hamp tells why he deserted.
1. Richard Attenborough in Guns at Batasi- Good Prediction RatedRStar. Attenborough gives two great performances this year with his moving portrayal of a weak man in Seance on a Wet Afternoon and his absurdly entertaining performance as Major Lauderdale a man with unshakable resolve.

Best Scene: The Major refuses to give up his arms.
Overall Rank:
  1. Richard Attenborough in Guns at Batasi
  2. Peter Ustinov in Topkapi
  3. Tom Courtenay in King & Country
  4. Anthony Quinn in Zorba the Greek
  5. Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove
  6. Peter O'Toole in Becket
  7. Richard Attenborough in Seance on a Wet Afternoon
  8. Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars
  9. Dirk Bogarde in King & Country
  10. Burt Lancaster in The Train
  11. Sean Connery in Goldfinger 
  12. Peter Sellers in A Shot in the Dark
  13. Richard Burton in Becket
  14. Stanley Baker in Zulu
  15. Richard Burton in Night of the Iguana
  16. Sean Connery in Marnie
  17. Henry Fonda in Fail-Safe
  18. Alan Bates in Zorba the Greek
  19. Cliff Robertson in The Best Man
  20. Kirk Douglas in Seven Days in May
  21. Michael Caine in Zulu
  22. Vincent Price in The Last Man on Earth
  23. Maximilian Schell in Topkapi
  24. Henry Fonda in The Best Man
  25. Peter Finch in The Pumpkin Eater
  26. Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady
  27. Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins
  28. Fred MacMurray in Kisses for My President
  29. Don Knotts in The Incredible Mr. Limpet
  30. Tommy Kirk in The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
  31. Ringo Starr in A Hard Day's Night
  32. Paul McCartney in A Hard Day's Night
  33. John Lennon in A Hard Day's Night
  34. George Harrison in A Hard Day's Night
  35. John Call in Santa Clause Conquers the Martians
  36. Victor Stiles in Santa Clause Conquers the Martians
  37. Leonard Hicks in Santa Clause Conquers the Martians
Next Year: 1964 Supporting


RatedRStar said...

woo =D, um, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians Louis?.

Fredric March - Seven Days In May
James Mason - The Fall Of The Roman Empire
George C Scott - Dr Strangelove
Frank Overton - Fail Safe
Peter Finch - The Pumpkin Eater

RatedRStar said...

Time for some new Hong Kong talent, my winning request is the James Dean of Hong Kong.

Nicholas Tse in Bodyguards and Assassins (Best Supporting Actor 2009)

Anonymous said...

are The Best Man and Fail Safe any good?

Louis Morgan said...

The Best Man is good although a bit too obvious in its writing.

Fail-Safe is Dr. Strangelove if you removed the humor. It's actually a very effective film, but Dr. Strangelove is the superior film because having some dark humor is usually the best approach with extremely bleak material.

Kevin said...

RatedRStar: I thought Wang Xueqi was great, so was Nicholas Tse, Donnie Yen was badass as always and the whole cast as a whole was pretty solid. What did you think of the rest of the cast?

RatedRStar said...

@Kevin: I agree with you on Wang ,Nicholas Tse, and Yen, I thought Tony Leung Ka Fai added nice dramatic weight.

Some performances left little to no impact however such as Simon Yam and Leon Lai.

I chose Nicholas Tse because I think he just creates a very warm and likable, he also probably has the most heartbreaking scene in the film which is his final scene which is very well done.

Kevin said...

Not surprised that you didn't like Leon Lai, since I think he was one of your least favorite Hong Kong actors, but I thought he was fine.

Btw, what are your favorite Hong Kong films? I know infernal affairs is high up there.

Michael Patison said...

Damn. How many wins is that for Attenborough now? 3, or am I forgetting one?

For 1964 Supporting:
Sterling Hayden in Dr. Strangelove
Fredric March in Seven Days in May
Frank Overton in Fail-Safe
George C. Scott in Dr. Strangelove
Gian Maria Volonté in A Fistful of Dollars

Wilfred Brambell in A Hard Day's Night
Robert Morley in Hot Enough for June
Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove

But the other 5 are certainly more deserving.

RatedRStar said...

my top 20 Hong kong films that I would recommend to anyone.

1)Lan Yu (Liu Ye's best performance)
2)Infernal Affairs
3)One Nite In Mongkok (Alex Fong and Daniel Wus best performances)
4)Mad Detective (Lau Ching Wans best performance)
5)An Untold Story (Anthony Wongs best performance)
6)A Better Tomorrow (Chow Yun Fats best performance)
7)Fallen Angel (Takeshi Kaneshiros best performance)
8)Days Of Being Wild (Leslie Cheungs best performance)
9)Police Story (Jackie Chans Best Performance
10)Shaolin Soccer (Stephen Chows best performance)
11)Hard Boiled
12)Let the Bullets Fly
13)The Longest Nite
14)Beast Cops
15)Election (Tony Leung Ka Fais best performance)
16)Happy Together (Chang Chens best performance)
17)Chungking Express
18)Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
19)Bodyguards and Assassins
20)In the Mood for Love

RatedRStar said...

Infernal Affairs is probably the most well made Hong Kong film but my heart belongs to Lan Yu because its sad and lovely lol =D.

Michael McCarthy said...

Sterling Hayden & George C. Scott-Dr. Strangelove
Fredric March-Seven Days in May
Frank Overton-Fail-Safe
Gert Fröbe-Goldfinger
Victor Buono-Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte (or anyone else in that movie)

Louis Morgan said...

Michael Patison: This is Attenborough's third win.

GradyTripp said...

I miss Peter Finch (THE PUMPKIN EATER) in your overall line-up. Did you see his performance?

Louis Morgan said...

No I have not, I'll have to seek it out.