Friday, 23 May 2014

Alternate Best Actor 1961: Results

5. Sidney Poitier in A Raisin in the Sun- Poitier tends go a little more theatrical at times than he needs to but for the most part Poitier gives an effective performance as a character that is far from the heroic roles he usually played.

Best Scene: The opening scene.
4. Clark Gable in The Misfits- Gable gives a moving portrayal of a individualistic cowboy past his prime that is worthy of being his swan song.

Best Scene: Gay goes to recapture the horses.
3. Dirk Bogarde in Victim- Although I do wish the film let Borgarde explore his character a little more, Bogarde still gives a powerful portrayal of a repressed homosexual.

Best Scene: Melville Farr reveals the truth to his wife.
2. James Cagney in One, Two, Three- James Cagney gives a very entertaining and incredibly energetic performance that could not be a better fit for the screwball comedy he leads.

Best Scene: MacNamara tries to solve all his problems in a few hours.
1. Toshiro Mifune in Yojimbo - Well I did not even need to have a second to think of my favorite performance by a leading actor from 1961. This is one of the very best performances from Toshiro Mifune creating one of the most memorable heroes in cinema.

Best Scene: The Final Duel.
Overall Rank:
  1. Toshiro Mifune in Yojimbo
  2. Stuart Whitman in The Mark
  3. Paul Newman in The Hustler
  4. Marcello Mastroianni in Divorce, Italian Style 
  5. James Cagney in One, Two, Three
  6. Dirk Bogarde in Victim
  7. Clark Gable in The Misfits
  8. Marcello Mastroianni in La Notte
  9. Sidney Poitier in A Raisin in the Sun
  10. Gregory Peck in The Guns of Navarone
  11. Anthony Perkins in Goodbye Again
  12. Warren Beatty in Splendor in the Grass
  13. Yves Montand in Goodbye Again
  14. Marlon Brando in One Eyed Jacks
  15. Spencer Tracy in Judgment At Nuremberg
  16. Rod Taylor in 101 Dalmatians
  17. Fred MacMurray in The Absent Minded Professor
  18. George Peppard in Breakfast At Tiffany's
  19. Richard Beymer in West Side Story
  20. Glenn Ford in Pocketful of Miracles
  21. Horst Buchholz in Fanny
Next Year: 1961 Supporting


John Smith said...

What will next year be?

Maciej said...


Burt Lancaster - Judgement at Nuremberg
Eli Wallach - The Misfits
Montgomery Clift - The Misfits

I'd also love to see you destroy Mickey Rooney's blatantly racialy insensitive work in Breakfast at Tiffany's

luke higham said...

Tatsuya Nakadai - Yojimbo
Takashi Shimura - Yojimbo
Eli Wallach - The Misfits
Rod Steiger - The Mark
Anthony Quinn - Guns of Navarone

luke higham said...

Burt Lancaster in Judgment at Nuremberg

RatedRStar said...

I dont care that Rooney passed away, I think he is a shit actor and a complete twat as well and his performance in Breakfast At Tiffanys cemented that status

Burt Lancaster - Judgement At Nuremburg
Tatsuya Nakadai - Yojimbo
Eli Wallach - The Misfits
Lawrence Naismith - Greyfriars Bobby
Anthony Quinn - Guns Of Navarone

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Burt Lancaster in Judgement At Nuremburg
Tatsuya Nakadai in Yojimbo
Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's (I too want to see this annihilated)
Eli Wallach in The Misfits
Anthony Quinn in Guns of Navarone

Connor Olen said...

Maybe consider Russ Tamblyn in West Side Story - or maybe someone from Breakfast At Tiffany's?

Michael McCarthy said...

What were your rating and thoughts on Mastroianni in La Notte? And I have no new suggestions for supporting.

Anonymous said...

Louis what are your thoughts on Goodbye Again and One Eyed Jacks?

Anonymous said...

Louis can you please review Karl Malden's performance from One Eyed Jacks for 62 supporting. His performance is similar to Hackman's in Unforgiven. Both characters are similar.

Louis Morgan said...

Michael: Mastroianni - 4(Often it seems like he is the ideal director's actor and that certainly is the case here. He does not stand out in the way he does in his best performance, that I have seen, Divorce Italian Style but he really fulfills his role completely and works in tandem with the direction of the film)


Goodbye again is a perfectly fine film. The story is fine the acting is fine, the look of it is all fine. It does not really distinguish itself in anyway, but it's completely fine.

One Eyed Jacks is notable as Marlon Brando's only directorial effort but he's no Charles Laughton. Although I think would put him above Jack Nicholson. There is some intelligence behind the camera evident and Brando does bring a certain style to the proceedings. The story could be stronger though and its pace is far too ponderous.

Michael Patison said...

For 1961 Supporting:
Burt Lancaster in Judgment at Nuremberg
Tatsuya Nakadai in Yojimbo
David Niven or Anthony Quinn in The Guns of Navarone
Max von Sydow in Through a Glass Darkly
Eli Wallach in The Misfits