Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Alternate Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor 1933: Results

5. Paul Robeson in The Emperor Jones- Robeson has some good moments throughout but his performance is always a little too stagy. He also can never quite make up for the rushed nature of the film.

Best Scene: Jones pretends to be invincible.
4. Warner Baxter in 42nd Street -Baxter's role is somewhat limited for most of the film but once he gets going he gives quite a compelling portrayal of the various tricks of the director to make his show a success.

Best Scene: Marsh teaches Ann how to act.
3. Groucho Marx in Duck Soup- Marx does his usual shtick here, which is just fine since his usual shtick is quite amusing.

Best Scene: Firefly cross examines the spy.
2. John Barrymore in Counsellor At Law- Barrymore is in absolute command of his film giving a charming and compelling portrayal of a driven lawyer.

Best Scene: The counsellor finds out the truth about his wife.
1. Claude Rains in The Invisible Man- Good Predictions Luke and Anonymous. Rains might just be a voice for some of the film but what a voice he is. He carries the right menace as the villainous invisible man, but he also is supremely entertaining with just a dash of pathos for good measure.

Best Scene:  The Invisible Man tells about his plans.
Overall Rank:
  1. Charles Laughton in The Private Life of Henry VIII
  2. Claude Rains in The Invisible Man 
  3. John Barrymore in Counsellor At Law
  4. Oliver Hardy in Sons of the Desert
  5. Stan Laurel in Sons of the Desert
  6. Groucho Marx in Duck Soup
  7. Warner Baxter in 42nd Street
  8. William Powell in The Kennel Murder Case
  9. Robert Armstrong in King Kong
  10. Paul Robeson in The Emperor Jones
  11. Cedric Hardwicke in The Ghoul
  12. Warren William in Lady For a Day
  13. Bruce Cabot in King Kong 
  14. Robert Armstrong in The Son of Kong 
  15. Leslie Howard in Berkeley Square
  16. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in Morning Glory
  17. Clive Brook in Cavalcade
Supporting Top Ten:
  1. Robert Donat in The Private Life of Henry VIII 
  2. John Barrymore in Dinner At Eight 
  3. Rudolf Klein-Rogge in The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
  4. Lionel Barrymore in Dinner At Eight
  5. Boris Karloff in The Ghoul
  6. Ralph Morgan in The Kennel Murder Case
  7. Melvyn Douglas in Counsellor At Law 
  8. Eugene Palette in The Kennel Murder Case
  9. Henry Travers in The Invisible Man
  10. Ralph Richardson in The Ghoul
Next Year: 2004 lead


Michael McCarthy said...

Christian Bale-The Machinist
Kevin Bacon-The Woodsman
Bruno Ganz-Downfall
Jim Carrey-Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Paul Giamatti-Sideways
Paddy Considine-Dead Man's Shoes
Will Farrell-Anchorman (That was a request from someone I think.)

Michael McCarthy said...

Also, what are your ratings and thoughts for Laurel & Hardy in Sons of the Desert, as well as your supporting top 10?

luke higham said...

Halleluhah! at fucking Last.

Louis: I've decided to go a bit against the grain here, so my request is a mini review for Michael Fassbender's performance in Frank for 2014 Lead. If the request is rejected, then my second choice will be Sergi Lopez in Pan's Labyrinth for 2006 Supporting.

By the Way, I would like Fassbender's review to be separate from the final five that you go with for Alternative Lead.

My Suggestions for 2004 Lead
Main 5
Bruno Ganz in Downfall ( You must review him or their will be hell to pay.
Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine
Paul Giamatti in Sideways
Christian Bale in The Machinist
Javier Bardem in The Sea Inside

Will Ferrell in Anchorman

Mark said...

Louis: ratings and thoughts on Top 5 supporting.

luke higham said...

Louis: You've left out the last E from Alternate on your Post Title, also John Barrymore's performance in Twentieth Century isn't written in his section on the My Nominations page.

Michael McCarthy said...

I apologize Louis I made a mistake in my earlier comment, I only meant to ask for the ratings.

luke higham said...

Louis: Can I Have your thoughts on Donat in Henry VIII, since Michael amended his earlier comment.

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

My 2004 Best Actor lineup would've probably been:

Cheadle (winner)

With Carrey and Considine following v close behind.

Deiner said...

Great job! My suggestions:
-Kevin Bacon in The Woodsman
-Christian Bale in The Machinist
-Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Mysterious Skin
-Paul Giamatti in Sideways

GM said...

Mathieu Amalric - Kings and Queen
Jim Carrey - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Ethan Hawke - Before Sunset
Yagira Yuuya - Nobody Knows
Bruno Ganz - Downfall
Kevin Bacon - The Woodsman
Gael Garcia Bernal - Bad Education

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Jim Carey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Paul Giamatti in Sideways
Jeff Bridges in The Door in the Floor
Bruno Ganz in Downfall
Kevin Bacon in The Woodsman

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

And for fuck's sake, just do Farrell as a side review. Too many good performances to waste a slot on him. He was better in Elf anyway.

Matt Mustin said...

Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine
Christian Bale in The Machinist
Kevin Bacon in The Woodsman
Bruno Ganz in Downfall
Paul Giamatti in Sideways

luke higham said...

Louis: Was Bardem Requested.

Louis Morgan said...


Laurel & Hardy - 4(A fine comedic bit of work from them. I don't think it allows them to shows off their talents quite as well as Babes in Toyland or Way Out West, but they still both give very entertaining performances to be sure)

Donat - 4
Barrymore - 4
Klein-Rogge - 4
Barrymore - 3.5
Karloff - 3.5
Morgan - 3.5
Douglas - 3.5
Palette - 3.5
Travers - 3
Richardson - 3

Luke: I certainly can do your request, Lopez has already won a place through a request anyways.


Donat - (His role is technically one that could have been easily forgotten but Donat skills as an actor does not allow that to happen. Thomas Culpeper is an interesting role in that he was the friend of the King while being the true love of one of his later wives. He could have had a film all his own, and although he does not have that here Donat plays him as such. He's screen time is incredibly brief but Donat brings so much emotional depth to every single brief reaction. He shows the crisis in Culpeper in such confines, and it shows that a great actor like Donat can makes something out of almost nothing)

Barrymore - (I considered giving the win to Barrymore here but I felt that Donat managed to make as much of an impact in his film despite having far less material. Barrymore has quite a bit of material actually as he plays a part eerily close to home of his own story about an actor whose career is derailed by alcoholism. Barrymore overplays a few moments but he mostly gives a rather effective portrayal of an unshakeable ego that slowly turns into a truly palatable despair)

Klein-Rogge - 4(This is a performance all about its visceral sting. It's technically fairly simplistic work but Klein-Rogge manages to do so much with his piercing stare. He creates Mabuse into that evil force that seems present even though he should be long forgotten)

Barrymore - (The film seems to not care a lot about his story, but in his brief moments Barrymore is rather moving in his portrayal of just a very tired businessman. Barrymore is quite good in showing the complete exasperation of his character, but with the slight energy of a man who still is going through the motions)

Karloff - (Not one of Karloff's best monster portrayals, but it's Karloff doing a monster so it's still pretty enjoyable)

Louis Morgan said...

Luke: Yes he was.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Damn. I'm probably one of the few who isn't crazy about Bardem in The Sea Inside. I'd prefer other performances reviewed.

luke higham said...

Louis: Thank you very much.

KoooK160: Since Fassbender's been accepted, you might as well request Ralph Fiennes's performance in The Grand Budapest Hotel, the next time you win a year, since I'm really starting to doubt his chances by next February.

Michael McCarthy said...

As much as I would love to see a review of Fiennes, I think we should hold off on using our requests on 2014 performances until the year is only, if only because we won't know for sure what our favorite performances from the year will be until then.

luke higham said...

Michael: That's fine by me, although I gave my request now because of my bad luck with the prediction game, as well as hating to go a year without a Fassbender review. His performance is a strong 4 at worst to a really good 4.5 at best, with the same limitations put on him ala Rains in The Invisible Man. Lastly it's a mini review, so I'm hoping for 3-4 paragraphs. This could also lead to mini reviews for 4-5 other performances that Louis liked but didn't make his final five for the Alternative Lead, if Louis has the time to do so.

luke higham said...
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luke higham said...

Actually, this is an Outline of what I think Louis should do for Alternate 2014 Lead Lineup Post.
Pictures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Name 1
Name 2
Name 3
Name 4
Name 5

Mini Reviews
Michael Fassbender in Frank
Open to other Suggestions/Requests

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

Louis why do you think Donat was so underrated as an actor?

And along the same lines, who do you feel are the most unfairly chastitised Oscar winners? In my opinion Adrien Brody and Donat would be my choices.

RatedRStar said...

I dont really need to say anybody else they have been mentioned, its probably best Louis if you see all of them just in case, cause they all seem good.

Kevin said...

Bruno Ganz in Downfall
Tom Cruise in Collateral
Paul Giamatti in Sideways
Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine
Christian Bale in The Machinist
Kevin Bacon in The Woodsman

Anonymous said...

I'm actually the Anonymous who predicted right but I don't know if I can do a request since I am anonymous. If I can, then my request would be James McAvoy in Atonement, hoping that on a rewatch you will like him more. Louis, can I also ask you what are your ratings and thoughts on Sophia Loren in Two Women and Loren and Mastroianni in Marriage Italian Style?

Maciej said...

1.Bruno Ganz - Downfall
2.Jim Carrey - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3.Paul Giamatti - Sideways
4.Liam Neeson - Kinsey
5.Tom Hanks - The Terminal

Louis Morgan said...


I think Donat has become so underrated simply because other than the 39 Steps, which is actually perhaps a bit under seen these days, he is not in the amount films deemed "classics" that many of his contemporaries are.

For the most unfairly chastised I would agree with Donat and Brody. Art Carney would be number one choice in that case.

Anonymous: Haven't seen the non-sequel to Divorce Italian Style, but....

Loren - Two Women - 5(An excellent performance that actually gave her chance to prove her merit as an actress. Loren's performance is quite a heartbreaking portrayal of the warmth but also the devastation in her portrayal of a mother in an exceedingly difficult time)

Michael Patison said...

Ratings (and thoughts if you want) on William Powell in The Kennel Murder Case and Robert Armstrong in King Kong