Sunday, 2 March 2014

Alternate Best Actor 1945: Results

5. Trevor Howard in Brief Encounter- Although overshadowed by Celia Johnson Howard still fulfills his part well through his considerable charm and honest chemistry with her.

Best Scene: Alec and Laura declare their love for one another.
4. Cornel Wilde in Leave Her to Heaven- Best his actual nominated work in every way through his adequate work for most of the film and his powerful performance at the end.

Best Scene: His courtroom testimony.
3. James Mason in The Seventh Veil- Although his role is very limited Mason still steals it through his ability to make his character's bitterness something truly palatable.

Best Scene: Nicholas ignores Francesca's marriage plans.
2. Edward G. Robinson in Scarlet Street-Robinson gives a moving depiction of a meek man abused to the point of insanity.

Best Scene: Christopher is haunted in his room.
1. Jean-Louis Barrault in Children of Paradise- Barrault gives a wonderful portrayal of both his character's stage portrayal of a romantic mime, but as well the subtle differences found in the equally romantic and charming but much more flawed real man off the stage.

Best Scene: Baptiste recreates a mugging through a pantomime.
Overall Rank:
  1. Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend
  2. Jean-Louis Barrault in Children of Paradise 
  3. Claude Rains in Caesar and Cleopatra
  4. Pierre Brasseur in Children of Paradise 
  5. Edward G. Robinson in Scarlet Street
  6. James Mason in The Seventh Veil
  7. Aldo Fabrizi in Rome, Open City 
  8. Cornel Wilde in Leave Her to Heaven
  9. Trevor Howard in Brief Encounter
  10. Denjuro Okochi in The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail
  11. Marcello Pagliero in Rome, Open City
  12. Robert Walker in The Clock
  13. Burgess Meredith in The Story of G.I. Joe
  14. Robert Montgomery in They Were Expendable
  15. John Wayne in They Were Expendable
  16. Humphrey Bogart in Conflict
  17. Paul Muni in A Song to Remember
  18. Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh
  19. Tom Neal in Detour
  20. Bing Crosby in The Bells of Saint Mary's
  21. Cornel Wilde in A Song to Remember
  22. Dennis Morgan in Christmas in Connecticut
  23. Arturo de Cordova in A Medal for Benny
  24. Gregory Peck in Spellbound
Next Year: 1945 Supporting


GeorgeWoolf said...

Please, review Dan Duryea in "Scarlet Street"!

Anonymous said...

Are you happy with the Oscar Winners Louis?

RatedRStar said...

You saw Caesar and Cleopatra Louis -=D haha wow lol, what did you reckon to it.

Marcel Herrand - Children Of Paradise
George Sanders - The Picture Of Dorian Gray
Walter Huston - And Then There Were None
Marcello Pagliero - Rome Open City
James Mason - The Wicked Lady

Matt Mustin said...

Off-topic, Louis (shocking, I know), but since you listed your choices for Best Director from 2000-2013, I was wondering if you could do the same for the '90's?

Michael Patison said...

What rating would you give Okochi and Walker?

luke higham said...

I'm so glad 12 Years won.

luke higham said...

Lastly, Thank god, American Hustle got shut out completely.

luke higham said...

Louis: What are your ratings & Thoughts on Rains & Leigh in Caesar & Cleopatra, as well as Pierre Brasseur in Children of Paradise.

Maciej said...

Yeah, "American Hustle" failed miserably at the Oscars. I'm glad about the winners in general, though I kinda hoped "Captain Phillips" to get something, at least editing.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous: Since most of the winners were either my personal preference or one of the better choices possible, yes I am.

RatedRStar: Caesar and Cleopatra is the best version I've seen of the story since it does not take itself too seriously, although I do think it weakens whenever Claude Rains is off screen though.

Matt: Sure.

90: Martin Scorsese - Goodfellas

91: Coen Brothers - Barton Fink

92: Clint Eastwood - Unforgiven

93: Steven Spielberg - Schindler's List

94: Frank Darabont - The Shawshank Redemption

95: David Fincher - Seven

96: Coen Brothers - Fargo

97: Curtis Hanson - L.A. Confidential

98: Peter Weir - The Truman Show

99: Paul Thomas Anderson - Magnolia


4 for both.


Rains - 4.5(Rains is very good here playing up the comedic side of the role quite efficiently yet still coming across as a far more confidant and commanding Julius Caesar than Rex Harrison in a purely serious depiction of the man)

Leigh - 4(The best non big two Leigh performance that I have seen. Not really a serious Cleopatra so to speak but instead more of a lightly comic work which Leigh handles well giving a far more endearing and enjoyable Queen of Egypt)

Brasseur - 4.5(An interesting counterpoint to Barrault work as they both play charming actors, but Brasseur plays his well how his character is a rougher presence both on and off stage, but also far more easy going as a romantic)

Michael McCarthy said...

Ahhhhh really wish Barrault had won. At least hod got a really good review. Also, this is one of those years where if I'd gone with my first instinct I'd've won the year, but alas...

As far as last night, my main problem was the two oscars that The Great Gatsby won, its almost like every time Spaz Luhrman makes a movie the academy feels obliged to reward his flashy, excessive production design over sets and costumes that actually look real.

RatedRStar said...

Good old Claude =).

Michael Patison said...

How were everybody's predictions? I was 22/24.

luke higham said...

Michael Patison: 17, also what were your thoughts on Hustle's Shutout.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

I was 20/24. Messed up Animated Short, Costume, Art Direction, and Documentary.

Michael McCarthy said...

Same as Robert, except I missed documentary short not documentary feature.

Michael Patison said...

I missed Documentary Feature and Live Action Short