Friday, 8 August 2014

Alternate Best Actor 1997: Results

5. Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco - Pacino gives a moving portrayal of a mobster whose past his prime but has a little bit to offer to an up and comer criminal who unfortunately happens to be an uncover F.B.I agent.

Best Scene: Lefty asks Donnie about the boat.
4. Ian Holm in The Sweet Hereafter - Holm gives a interesting two sided performance one the false performance of a lawyer pushing for a cause for monetary reasons, the other being a heartfelt portrayal of a father who feels like he has lost his own daughter.

Best Scene: Mitchell recounts saving his daughter's life.
3. Guy Pearce in L.A. Confidential - Guy Pearce gives a fantastic portrayal that slowly dissects the cop who seems absolutely driven to only do good while following the letter of the law.

Best Scene: Ed interrogates the suspected killers.
2. Russell Crowe in L.A. Confidential - Crowe also gives a fantastic performance that slowly dissects the cop who seems absolutely driven to do good, but by any means necessary.

Best Scene: Bud reveals his vulnerabilities to Lynn.
1. Philip Baker Hall in Hard Eight - Good Prediction Psifonian. Hall gives such a magnetic and fascinating portrait of his incredibly unique character. Well this was not an easy decision to make between the top three. I love Pearce, Crowe and Hall's performances all equally. It was hard enough just to rank Pearce and Crowe. I could just as easily change their placement. They completely excel in their roles and get the absolute most out of them. I can at least somewhat justify it, I guess, in that I do think Hall technically has weaker material to begin with, but manages to give just as strong of a performance.

Best Scene: Sydney's final phone call with John.
Overall Rank:
  1. Philip Baker Hall in Hard Eight
  2. Russell Crowe in L.A. Confidential
  3. Guy Pearce in L.A. Confidential
  4. Robert Duvall in The Apostle
  5. Ian Holm in The Sweet Hereafter
  6. Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco
  7. Peter Fonda in Ulee's Gold
  8. Michael Douglas in The Game 
  9. Daniel Day-Lewis in The Boxer
  10. Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights
  11. Robert Carlyle in The Full Monty
  12. Tony Leung in Happy Together
  13. Billy Connolly in Mrs. Brown
  14. Johnny Depp in Donnie Brasco
  15. Laurence Fishburne in Event Horizon
  16. Bill Pullman in Lost Highway
  17. Mike Myers in Austin Powers
  18. Mel Gibson in Conspiracy Theory
  19. Linus Roache in The Wings of the Dove
  20. Leslie Cheung in Happy Together
  21. Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown
  22. Bruce Willis in The Fifth Element 
  23. Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic 
  24. Sylvester Stallone in Copland
  25. Sam Neill in Event Horizon
  26. Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black
  27. Will Smith in Men in Black
  28. Djimon Hounsou in Amistad
  29. Nicolas Cage in Face Off 
  30. Ethan Hawke in Gattaca
  31. Jack Nicholson in As Good As it Gets
  32. Dustin Hoffman in Wag the Dog
  33. Jeff Goldblum in The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  34. Harrison Ford in Air Force One
  35. Robert De Niro in Wag the Dog 
  36. Balthazar Getty in Lost Highway
  37. Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong in Kundun
  38. Jackie Chan in Mr. Nice Guy
  39. Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies
  40. Brendan Fraser in George of the Jungle
  41. Keanu Reeves in The Devil's Advocate 
  42. Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting
  43. Jim Carrey in Liar Liar
  44. Nathan Lane in Mouse Hunt
  45. Matt Damon in The Rainmaker
  46. Chris Tucker in Money Talks
  47. John Travolta in Face Off
  48. John Cusack in Con Air
  49. Michael Jai White in Spawn
  50. Robeto Benigni in Life is Beautiful
  51. Chris Farley in Beverly Hills Ninja
  52. Charlie Sheen in Money Talks
  53. Pierce Brosnan in Dante's Peak
  54. Tommy Lee Jones in Volcano
  55. Nicolas Cage in Con Air 
  56. Robin Williams in Flubber
  57. Jason Connery in Macbeth 
  58. Chevy Chase in Vegas Vacation
  59. Tim Allen in Jungle 2 Jungle
  60. George Clooney in Batman and Robin
  61. Robin Shou in Mortal Kombat Annihilation
  62. Keenan Thompson in Good Burger
  63. Casper Van Dien in Starship Troopers 
  64. Lee Evans in Mousehunt
  65. Sam Huntington in Jungle 2 Jungle
  66. Kel Mitchell in Good Burger
  67. Alex D. Linz in Home Alone 3
  68. Shaquille O'Neal in Steel
Next Year: 1997 Supporting

25 comments:

Michael McCarthy said...

Kevin Spacey-L.A. Confidential
James Cromwell-L.A. Confidential
Robert Blake-Lost Highway
Mark Addy-The Full Monty
Arno Friseh-Funny Games

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

Thoughts/Ratings on: (unless you're planning on doing reviews in the near future)
Daniel Day-Lewis in The Boxer
Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights
Robert Carlyle in The Fully Monty
Tony Leung in Happy Together Laurence Fishburne in Event Horizon
Mike Myers in Austin Powers
Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown
Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic
John Travolta/Nicolas Cage in Face/Off
Nicols Cage in Con Air

Sorry for this large batch. It's just such an entertaining year.

GM said...

James Cromwell - L.A. Confidential
Kevin Spacey - L.A. Confidential
Ulrich Mühe - Funny Games
Christoph Bantzer - Funny Games

GM said...

What are your ratings for Best Actress Nominees from this year?

Anonymous said...

Also, your thoughts on the Best Actress nominees. As for Supporting Actor:
-Kevin Spacey in L.A. Confidential
-James Cromwell in L.A. Confidential
-Bernard Hill in Titanic
-Philip Seymour Hoffman in Boogie Nights
-Mark Addy in The Full Monty

RatedRStar said...

What are your thoughts on Leslie Cheung and Chang Chen in Happy Together, I am a little underwhelmed by the rankings of the Happy Together leads.

RatedRStar said...

Robert Blake - Lost Highway
Tom Wilkinson - The Full Monty
Kevin Spacey - LA Confidential
James Cromwell - LA Confidential
Gary Oldman - Air Force One

Kevin said...

- Kevin Spacey and James Cromwell in LA Confidential
- Robert Blake in Lost Highway
- Ray Liotta in Cop Land
- Ulrich Muhe in Funny Games

luke higham said...

Kevin Spacey - LA Confidential
James Cromwell - LA Confidential
Gary Oldman - Air Force One or The Fifth Element
Tom Wilkinson - The Full Monty
Bernard Hill - Titanic

Bonus Review - Billy Zane in Titanic

luke higham said...

Louis: Ratings & Thoughts on Billy Connolly in Mrs Brown, Johnny Depp in Donnie Brasco, Linus Roache in The Wings of The Dove, Jones/Smith in Men in Black, Lane/Evans in Mousehunt, Robin Williams in Flubber and George Clooney in Batman & Robin.

Maciej said...

Tom Wilkinson - The Full Monty
Gary Oldman - Air Force One
Kevin Spacey - LA Confidential
James Cromwell-L.A. Confidential
Philip Seymour Hoffman in Boogie Nights

Scott Gingold said...

Djimon Honsou - Amistad
J.T. Walsh - Breakdown
Jason Lee - Chasing Amy
Tom Wilkinson - The Full Monty
Samuel L. Jackson - Jackie Brown

Connor Olen said...

PLEASE do Jude Law in Gattaca. Josh over at The Cinematic Spectacle ranks Law as #9 in his 'Best Supporting Actor Performances'. He was really great in Gattaca.

http://classicblanca.blogspot.com/2013/06/top-10-supporting-actor-performances-of.html

RatedRStar said...

@Connor: The Cinematic Spectacle is a good mostly reliable site, but some of the decisions are a bit strange, like does Josh really think that Brian Donlevy in Beau Geste is better than Thomas Mitchell in Stagecoach and Claude Rains in Mr Smith Goes To Washington, what about Robert Ryan beating Richard Widmark in 1947 lol very strange haha.

Psifonian said...

1. Robert Blake, Lost Highway
2. Kevin Spacey, L.A. Confidential
3. Don Cheadle, Boogie Nights
4. Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Brown
5. James Cromwell, L.A. Confidential

mrripley said...

Please do Bruce Greenwood in The Sweet Hereafter.

Michael Patison said...

I have no additions

Matt Mustin said...

Louis, what's your ratings/thoughts on Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

Louis Morgan said...

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar:

Day-Lewis - 4.5(All those people who were questioning his casting as Lincoln, before the film came out, due to his assumed inability to portray warmth must not have seen this film. Day-Lewis brings so much heart to the role that even when the film somewhat faltered Day-Lewis managed to keep me invested by how much honest emotion he brought to his character)

Wahlberg - 4.5(Wahlberg actually has a rather severe challenge with this performance which is to give a hokey and bad performance as a porn star while still making his character convincing as a real guy going through these things. Wahlberg manages both of this being entertaining and convincing as Dirk Diggler, but managing to give such an volatile portrayal of this guy whose life is probably moving a bit too fast)

Carlyle- (Interesting to see Carlyle in this type of role after thoroughly enjoying his performances as a violent drunk and charming cannibal. Carlyle excels in a less extreme role and just gives a really winning performance in the film. He brings such an energy to every scene of the film, and made get completely behind his character's bizarre idea. All the while he still always brought a emotional weight naturally along with the comedy)

Leung - 4.5(Leung takes a particularly understated approach to his character which is often not the case when actors play a gay character. Leung does not make that the defining trait about his performance which really makes this an interesting portrayal. Leung gives a very effective portrayal of so many different desperation and insecurities. He and Cheung give an extremely convincing portrayal of truly destructive relationship)

Laurence Fishburne - 4(A rock solid leading turn by Fishburne. He just needs to be a reactionary hero for the film and completely succeeds in this task. A film like this could have easily led to some bad acting but Fishburne is really good because he stays grounded no matter how bizarre Sam Neill starts looking)

Mike Myers - 4(Although I hated how Myers went with the character in the later films as well how his whole career went in general afterwards. His performance here though is very funny as he plays them slighter straighter, in a way, than he did later. His Dr. Evil is more dead pan in nature as plays him as Bond villain but with the right dead pan manner. Powers is more flamboyant but he's funny there and even manages to effectively bring a certain seriousness into his character's displacement)

Jackson - 4(As I said before Jackson brings menace with such ease and again does that well here. This actually is a lot like his performance in Hard Eight but a little more intense but still in a certain casual way. It's far from my favorite performance of his but it's a solid villainous turn)

Louis Morgan said...

DiCaprio - 3.5(I probably should be a little more positive but my dislike from the film does stop me from fully embracing this performance. He does completely hit the marks, he's charming, energetic, and has some strong chemistry with Winslet)

John Travolta - 2(Travolta is an actor I actually like but I hate the direction he took with his career. He's someone who just is not right for villains. I actually like his performance as "himself" as its the Travolta I like, but once he goes evil he goes into some severe case of mugging and when it comes to that he's no Nic Cage)

Cage in Face/Off - 3.5(As the villain Cage is way over the top but this is a John Woo American action film so its a bit fitting. More importantly though he's entertainingly so. Once he becomes the hero though I thought Cage managed to be pretty effective in giving a much more somber and subdued performance)

Nicolas Cage - Con Air - 2(Yes Benigni's rating was a little severe. What type of Nicolas Cage is this though. When Nicolas Cage is boring something just is not right whether or not he's giving a good performance. Cage really just goes way too understated, and he's not the right type of actor for that. I would much rather have seen him try to go toe to toe with Malkovich in terms of insanity)

Louis Morgan said...


GM:

Hunt - 3.5(I've given my thoughts on her before, but I found her performance worked for the most part even if her history in the sitcom world was probably a little too apparent)

Carter - 4.5(Carter as an actress who should probably stay very far away from her husband, as well as stay away from every role that is some pale hag type person. Anyway Carter's performance here seems from another actress as there is a lot of life in her portrayal of the quietly ambitious and manipulative woman. Carter is effective in the way she balances the cold calculations while subtly bringing some genuine vulnerability to the character. I don't love the performance quite as much as some but she's definitely very good here)

Dench - 4.5(I'm not always that much of a fan of Dench's style but it certainly works here. Too often she can be too distance in her proper performance, but here that is too her advantage as her Victoria is purposefully creates a distance from others. Doing this from the beginning though allows her to naturally and poignantly show as the Queen slowly opens up and becomes closer through Victoria's relationship with Brown)

Winslet - 3.5(Like DiCaprio she hits the right marks as the romantic lead and maybe I should like her more)

RatedRStar:

Cheung - 4(I do think he was a little overshadowed by Leung and in turn a bit more limited since the film was from Leung's perspective. Having said though though Cheung still gave a very believable portrayal of sort of a constant emotional manipulation and the different forms his character used throughout the troubled relationship)

Chen - 4(Again a bit overshadowed by Leung but his performance acts as an effective counterpoint to Cheung. Instead being constantly at odds Chen creates a certain charm in just the way he makes his character so agreeable in relation to Leung's)

GM:

Hunt - 3.5(I've given my thoughts on her before, but I found her performance worked for the most part even if her history in the sitcom world was probably a little too apparent)

Carter - 4.5(Carter as an actress who should probably stay very far away from her husband, as well as stay away from every role that is some pale hag type person. Anyway Carter's performance here seems from another actress as there is a lot of life in her portrayal of the quietly ambitious and manipulative woman. Carter is effective in the way she balances the cold calculations while subtly bringing some genuine vulnerability to the character. I don't love the performance quite as much as some but she's definitely very good here)

Dench - 4.5(I'm not always that much of a fan of Dench's style but it certainly works here. Too often she can be too distance in her proper performance, but here that is too her advantage as her Victoria is purposefully creates a distance from others. Doing this from the beginning though allows her to naturally and poignantly show as the Queen slowly opens up and becomes closer through Victoria's relationship with Brown)


Winslet - 3.5(Like DiCaprio she hits the right marks as the romantic lead and maybe I should like her more)


RatedRStar:

Cheung - 4(I do think he was a little overshadowed by Leung and in turn a bit more limited since the film was from Leung's perspective. Having said though though Cheung still gave a very believable portrayal of sort of a constant emotional manipulation and the different forms his character used throughout the troubled relationship)

Chen - 4(Again a bit overshadowed by Leung but his performance acts as an effective counterpoint to Cheung. Instead being constantly at odds Chen creates a certain charm in just the way he makes his character so agreeable in relation to Leung's)

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Connolly - 4(He gives an interesting performance as he shows almost an opposite transition to Dench's. He starts out very open and shows the way that Brown becomes slowly becomes more introverted and warped due to the relationship although it is because of the other forces around them)

Depp - 4(Depp is overshadowed a bit by Pacino and I do feel he is saddled by the unconvincing scene of Pistone's home life. Nevertheless Depp is very good in showing the many sides to his man and has some great chemistry with Pacino)

Roache - 4(Technically fairly straightforward as his character is always honest even when he's trying to play the game of manipulation. He gives a charming performance and has some strong chemistry with both Carter and Elliott)

Jones - 3.5(A very enjoyable dead pan performance from Jones. This was the Agent K Brolin channeled in the third one not the boring and tired one we met in the sequels)

Smith - 3.5(Smith does have plenty of charm and some comedic ability which he uses quite well here. Very importantly though he has the right chemistry with Jones)

Lane - 2.5(Lane gives it his all, but I just don't find him that funny here)

Evans - 2(Rather bland particularly when compared to Lane)

Williams - 2(Williams can be funny but that's not the case here)

Clooney - 1.5(As Bruce Wayne Clooney coasts big time and not particularly well either. As Batman he's just George Clooney)

Louis Morgan said...

Tom Hanks - 2.5(A pretty forgettable performance from him and he was never able to rise above the saccharine material. He's not terrible but his performance should sort of haunt the film. That definitely does not happen.

Sandra Bullock - 3(She really is not given a whole lot to do, which probably is not a bad thing in this film. She's actually completely solid here and does her best to sell the material. She does not go as far as say Von Sydow, but she still manages to make it work a little bit)

Grady Tripp said...

Where is Pacino in "The Devil's Advocate", Louis? Or do you consider him supporting?

Louis Morgan said...

It's been awhile since I've watched it but I remember him being supporting.