Friday, 27 June 2014

Alternate Best Actor 1979: Results

5. Graham Chapman in Life of Brian - Chapman gives enjoyable enough performances as both a straight man and a very silly one, but is never that hilarious.

Best Scene: Brian on the cross.
4. Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now - Sheen gives a solid mostly reactionary performance although I do feel he is a bit overshadowed by the film's direction and its other performances.

Best Scene: Willard is told about his previous missions.
3. James Woods in The Onion Field - Woods gives a compelling portrayal that brings depth to a character who could have been just a simple psycho killer.

Best Scene: Lead up to the murder.
2. Klaus Kinski in Nosferatu the Vampyre -Kinksi effectively replicates aspects of Max Schreck's performances, but also offers his own interpretation by strangely yet poignantly bringing some honest humanity to the creature.

Best Scene: Dracula speaks of his desire for love.
1. Brad Dourif in Wise Blood - This was an easier choice than I expected to be as I found Dourif easily gave the best leading performance from 1979. Dourif might not give the most accessible turn, but is consistently fascinating portrait of a truly unique character.

Best Scene: Motes confronts his imposter.
Overall Ranking:
  1. Brad Dourif in Wise Blood
  2. Peter Sellers in Being There
  3. Klaus Kinski in Nosferatu the Vampyre
  4. James Woods in The Onion Field
  5. Robert Duvall in The Great Santini
  6. Roy Scheider in All That Jazz
  7. Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now
  8. Jack Lemmon in The China Syndrome
  9. Alan Arkin in The In-Laws
  10. Peter Falk in The In-Laws
  11. Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs Kramer
  12. Mel Gibson in Mad Max
  13. Bruno Ganz in Nosferatu the Vampyre
  14. Al Pacino in ...And Justice For All
  15. Clint Eastwood in Escape From Alcatraz
  16. Dennis Christopher in Breaking Away
  17. Frank Langella in Dracula
  18. Graham Chapman in Life of Brian
  19. Woody Allen in Manhattan  
  20. John Savage in The Onion Field
  21. Franklyn Seales in The Onion Field
  22. William Shatner in Star Trek The Motion Picture
  23. Sylvester Stallone in Rocky II
  24. Kelly Reno in The Black Stallion
  25. Michael Beck in The Warriors
Next Year: 1979 Supporting

11 comments:

Michael Patison said...

For 1979 Supporting:
Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now
Paul Dooley in Breaking Away
Ian Holm in Alien
Dennis Hopper in Apocalypse Now
John Hurt in Alien
Dennis Quaid in Breaking Away

Anonymous said...

Thoughts/ratings for:

Bruno Ganz in Nosferatu the Vampyre

Mel Gibson in Mad Max

Anonymous said...

Also why has Hoffman gone down to a 4?

RatedRStar said...

The Cast Of Alien
Brando and Forrest - Apocalypse Now
Laurence Olivier - A Little Romance
James Remar - The Warriors
Michael Palin - The Life Of Brian

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Oliver Reed in The Brood
Michael Palin in Life of Brian
Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now
Ian Holm in Alien
James Remar in The Warriors

Kevin said...

James Remar - The Warriors
Marlon Brando - Apocalypse Now
Michael Palin - Life of Brian
Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto - Alien
Oliver Reed - The Brood
Dennis Hopper - Apocalypse Now

Also Louis, the link for 1958 Alternate Best Actor is not highlighted

Scott Gingold said...

Ian Holm - Alien
Marlon Brando - Apocalypse Now
Paul Benjamin - Escape from Alcatraz
Patrick McGoohan - Escape from Alcatraz
Carl Weathers - Rocky 2

GM said...

Ricky Schroder - The Champ
Ron Leibman - Norma Rae
Laurence Olivier - A Little Romance

John Smith said...

Louis, Your thoughts on Jim Carrey as an actor

Maciej said...

Ian Holm - Alien
Marlon Brando - Apocalypse Now
Laurence Olivier - A Little Romance
John Hurt - Alien
Someone from Breaking Away

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

Ganz - 4(One of the great parts of this version of Dracula is it has a far better Johnathan Harker than we usually get. Ganz does not just settle for the bland part and gives a surprisingly compelling portrayal of first the fear of his character being in such a situation than the madness after he has been infected. His last scene is particularly terrific as a manages to be both chilling and oddly rather funny)

Gibson - 4(It's easy to see how he propelled to stardom easily as he plays charismatic badass very well. He also handles the middle section with the more reserved and quietly emotional Max well too, and builds to Max's revenge on the emotional side of things very effectively)

A re-watch just diminished my appreciate of his performance a bit.

John Smith:

When it comes to his mostly comedic stuff I find him somewhat hit or miss. He always brings a great deal of energy and sometimes I find him hilarious but there times he can be somewhat grating. His purely dramatic performances though, aside from Scrooge, are almost always solid.