Monday, 18 August 2014

Alternate Best Supporting Actor 1997: Results

5. Billy Zane in Titanic - A hilarious portrayal of absurdity unfortunately Zane was trying to be serious.

Best Scene: Pretty much every scene.
4. Jude Law in Gattaca - Law gives a powerful portrayal of a man embittered through his own life but finds inspiration in the life of another.

Best Scene: Jerome sends Vincent on his way.
3. James Cromwell in L.A. Confidential- Cromwell gives a particularly effective subversion of the warm mentor.

Best Scene: Sid Hudgens's interrogation.
2. Kevin Spacey in L.A. Confidential - Spacey gives a wonderfully entertaining portrayal of a pompous detective more interests in celebrity than crime, but also a very poignant portrayal of man realizing he's lost his way.

Best Scene: Jack Vincennes reflects on his life in a bar.
1. Robert Blake in Lost Highway - Good Prediction Psifonian. Well this came down to Spacey who had almost a leading role to Blake's relatively small role. Although I did love Spacey's work the supporting performance that I feel made the strongest impact from 1997 is Blake's portrayal of a walking nightmare which is one of the most viscerally effective performances of all time.

Best Scene: Fred meets the Mystery Man at a party.
Overall Rank:
  1. Robert Blake in Lost Highway
  2. Kevin Spacey in L.A. Confidential
  3. James Cromwell in L.A. Confidential
  4. Jude Law in Gattaca
  5. Mark Addy in The Full Monty
  6. Robert Forster in Jackie Brown
  7. Don Cheadle in Boogie Nights 
  8. Danny DeVito in L.A. Confidential
  9. James Rebhorn in The Game  
  10. Ray Liotta in Cop Land
  11. Samuel L. Jackson in Hard Eight
  12. Burt Reynolds in Boogie Nights
  13. Pete Postlethwaite in The Lost World Jurassic Park 
  14. Tom Wilkinson in The Full Monty 
  15. Chang Chen in Happy Together
  16. John C. Reilly in Hard Eight
  17. Bruce Greenwood in The Sweet Hereafter
  18. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Hard Eight
  19. Gary Oldman in The Fifth Element
  20. Danny DeVito in The Rainmaker
  21. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Boogie Nights
  22. Robert Loggia in Lost Highway 
  23. Alfred Molina in Boogie Nights
  24. Bernard Hill in Titanic
  25. Kevin Kline in The Ice Storm
  26. Jon Voight in The Rainmaker
  27. John Malkovich in Con Air  
  28. Robert Wagner in Austin Powers
  29. Gary Oldman in Air Force One
  30. Harvey Keitel in Cop Land
  31. Vincent D'Onofrio in Men in Black
  32. Tobey Maguire in The Ice Storm
  33. Ian Holm in The Fifth Element
  34. David Strathairn in L.A. Confidential
  35. Elijah Wood in The Ice Storm
  36. Michael Madsen in Donnie Brasco
  37. Greg Kinnear in As Good As It Gets
  38. Al Pacino in The Devil's Advocate
  39. Tony Shalhoub in Gattaca
  40. Jamey Sheridan in The Ice Storm
  41. Rip Torn in Men in Black
  42. Brion James in The Fifth Element
  43. Brian Cox in The Boxer
  44. Bruno Kirby in Donnie Brasco
  45. Adam Hann-Byrd in The Ice Storm
  46. Anthony Hopkins in Amistad
  47. Walton Goggins in The Apostle
  48. Thomas Jane in Boogie Nights
  49. Ron Rifkin in L.A. Confidential
  50. Matthew McConuaghey in Contact
  51. Ken Stott in The Boxer
  52. John Leguizamo in Spawn
  53. Michael Ironside in Starship Troopers
  54. Billy Bob Thornton in The Apostle 
  55. Nicol Williamson in Spawn
  56. Richard Norton in Mr. Nice Guy
  57. Gary Busey in Lost Highway
  58. Richard Attenborough in The Lost World Jurassic Park
  59. Patrick Stewart in Conspiracy Theory
  60. Martin Sheen in Spawn
  61. Jonathan Pryce in Tomorrow Never Dies 
  62. Michael York in Austin Powers
  63. Steve Buscemi in Con Air
  64. John C. Reilly in Boogie Nights
  65. Dean Stockwell in The Rainmaker 
  66. Christopher Walken in Mousehunt
  67. Alan Arkin in Gattaca
  68. Victor Garber in Titanic
  69. Seth Green in Austin Powers
  70. Michael Keaton in Jackie Brown
  71. Jason Isaacs in Event Horizon 
  72. Will Ferrell in Austin Powers 
  73. Mickey Rourke in The Rainmaker 
  74. Ving Rhames in Con Air
  75. William H. Macy in Wag the Dog
  76. Robert Patrick in Cop Land
  77. Antony Sher in Mrs. Brown
  78. Robert De Niro in Jackie Brown
  79. Michael Gough in Batman and Robin
  80. Danny Glover in The Rainmaker
  81. Stellan Skargard in Good Will Hunting
  82. Clancy Brown in Starship Troopers
  83. Giustino Durano in Life is Beautiful
  84. Abe Vigoda in Good Burger
  85. Paul Giamatti in Donnie Brasco
  86. Chris Tucker in The Fifth Element
  87. Tenzin Lodoe in Kundun
  88. Morgan Freeman in Amistad
  89. David Warner in Titanic
  90. Woody Harrelson in Wag the Dog
  91. Joe Don Baker in Tomorrow Never Dies
  92. Gerard Butler in Mrs. Brown
  93. Martin Short in Jungle 2 Jungle
  94. Kenneth Bryans in Macbeth 
  95. Ernest Borgnine in Gattaca 
  96. Michael Gambon in The Wings of the Dove
  97. David Cross in Men in Black
  98. Denis Leary in Wag the Dog
  99. Thomas Haden Church in George of the Jungle
  100. Dean Stockwell in Air Force One
  101. William Snape in The Fully Monty
  102. Robert De Niro in Cop Land
  103. Matthew McConaughey in Amistad
  104. D.B.Sweeney in Spawn 
  105. Don Cheadle in Volcano
  106. William Hickey in Mousehunt 
  107. Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting  
  108. Cary Elwes in Liar Liar 
  109. Sean Penn in The Game
  110. Tom McCamus in The Sweet Hereafter
  111. Neil Patrick Harris in Starship Troopers
  112. Giorgio Cantarini in Life is Beautiful
  113. Loren Dean in Gattaca
  114. Ben Affleck in Good Will Hunting 
  115. Richard Roundtree in Steel 
  116. Vince Vaughn in The Lost World Jurassic Park
  117. Cuba Gooding Jr. in As Good As It Gets
  118. Arnold Schwarzenegger in Batman and Robin
  119. Jake Busey in Starship Troopers
  120. Randy Quaid in Vegas Vacation
  121. Tom Wood in Ulee's Gold
  122. Robin Shou in Beverly Hills Ninja
  123. Richard Schiff in The Lost World Jurassic Park
  124. Colm Meaney in Con Air
  125. Nick Cassavettes in Face Off 
  126. Gyurme Tethong in Kundun
  127. Charles Hallahan in Dante's Peak
  128. Graham McTavish in Macbeth
  129. Chris Rock in Beverly Hills Ninja
  130. Bill Paxton in Titanic
  131. David Ogden Stiers in Jungle 2 Jungle
  132. Judd Nelson in Steel 
  133. Aleksander Krupa in Home Alone 3
  134. Patrick Muldoon in Starship Troopers 
  135. Dan Schneider in Good Burger
  136. Lenny Von Dohlein in Home Alone 3
  137. Nathaniel Parker in Beverly Hills Ninja
  138. Arliss Howard in The Lost World Jurassic Park
  139. James Remar in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
  140. John Corbett in Volcano
  141. Jan Schweiterman in Good Burger
  142. David Thornton in Home Alone 3
  143. Greg Crutwell in George of the Jungle
  144. Gotz Otto in Tomorrow Never Dies
  145. Justin Cooper in Liar Liar 
  146. Litefoot in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
  147. Alessandro Nivola in Face Off
  148. Chris O'Donnell in Batman and Robin
  149. Danny Nucci in Titanic
  150. Brian Thompson in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
  151. Billy Zane in Titanic
Next Year: 1933 Lead


luke higham said...

Louis: Rating & Thoughts on Pete Postlethwaite in The Lost World.

Kevin said...

Louis, what are your ratings and thoughts on

Pete Postlethwaite in The Lost World, the cast of the Rainmaker and Vincent D'Onofrio in Men In Black?

Kevin said...

And Al Pacino in The Devil's Advocate

luke higham said...

Only suggestion for 1933 Lead
Claude Rains in The Invisible Man.

Deiner said...

Hi Louis, great job as always! Can you give your thoughts and ratings on:
-Joan Allen, Chrstina Ricci and Sigourney Weaver in The Ice Storm.
-Helena Bonham Carter in Fight Club.
-Thora Birch in Ghost World.
-Jodie Foster in Contact.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

My only suggestion for 1933 Lead is Groucho Marx in Duck Soup.

Deiner said...

And for Best Actor 1933 may I suggest:
-Nils Asther in The Bitter Tea Of General Yen.
-Paul Robeson in The Emperor Jones.
-The Marx Brothers in Duck Soup.

GM said...

Claude Rains - The Invisible Man
Rudolf Klein-Rogge - The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
Fredrich March - Design for Living

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

Oh, looks like you moved Forster up!! Glad about that, why in particular? I find personally that it's a perfrormance that grows on me with each viewing.

Also like that you enjoyed Cheadle the most out of the supporting men of Boogie Nights. What are your thoughts on Cheadle as an actor? I think he is hugely underrated.

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

Also, thoughts/ratings on:

Danny DeVito in The Rainmaker

Kevin Kline and Tobey Maguire in The Ice Storm

Vincent D'Onofrio in Men in Black

Michael Madsen in Donnie Brasco

John Leguizamo in Spawn

Morgan Freeman and Djimon Hounsou in Amistad

Michael Patison said...

Ratings and thoughts on:
Cheadle in Boogie Nights
DeVito in L.A. Confidential
Rebhorn in The Game
Liotta in Cop Land

RatedRStar said...

Claude Rains - The Invisible Man
Warner Baxter - 42nd Street
Stan Laurel - Sons Of The Desert
Oliver Hardy - Sons Of The Desert
Groucho Marx - Duck Soup

Anonymous said...

I really don't have any suggestions for 1933 except for the ones who has been mentioned already. What are your ratings and thoughts on Katharine Hepburn in Morning Glory, Diana Wynyard in Cavalcade and May Robson in Lady for a Day?

Scott Gingold said...

Groucho Marx, Duck Soup
John Barrymore, Counsellor at Law

Anonymous said...

I'm sad that Neil Patrick Harris is quite law on the list, even if I haven't seen Starship Troopers. I think he is great in How I Met Your Mother, what do you think of him in that (if you follow the show)?

Anonymous said...

Ops I meant "low" not "law"

Michael Patison said...

John Barrymore in Counsellor at Law
Warner Baxter in 42nd Street
Groucho Marx in Duck Soup
Claude Rains in The Invisible Man
Paul Robeson in The Emperor Jones
Rudolf Klein-Rogge in The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

Spencer Tracy in The Power and the Glory
Laurel and Hardy in Sons of the Desert

Michael Patison said...

Also I'm confused. You have Cuba Gooding, Jr. listed for The Lost World. Did you mean Thomas Rosales, Jr. or somebody else from the cast, or did you mean Cuba for something else entirely, perhaps As Good as It Gets? I don't recall him being in Lost World.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

I'm pretty sure he meant As Good As it Gets.

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

CUBA GOODING JR, WORST BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR OSCAR WINNER EVER, or at least second perhaps to Sinatra. No wonder Ed Norton's a bit of a dick in real life, I would be too if I'd lost to a performance like that

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

While I'm no fan of Gooding's performance, I actually can see the appeal. I find it hard for me to hate the performance as much as others when George Clooney's win is starring me right in the face.

Louis Morgan said...


Postlethwaite - 4(The only part of a very underwhelming sequel that I actually liked. Although his part was underwritten and undervalued Postlethewaite made his character a great badass, and brought the right shading to his performance to suggest the man's history as hunter. I frankly wish the film had simply ended with him saving everyone else and eliminate raptor gymnastics)



Damon - 2.5(I don't think he's terrible but he's fairly bland. He's certainly okay but he's completely overshadowed by almost every other performer in the cast)

DeVito - 3.5(I wish the film had been about his character as I really enjoyed his portrayal of a shyster. He's easily the highlight of the film and his exposition scenes are some of its best moments. DeVito has a lot of fun with the role and he managed to keep me enjoying the film even when it lagged, and managed to make up for any point in which Damon was lacking)

Voight - 3.5(Voight is someone else who makes Damon seem a bit out of his element. Voight is also quite enjoyable in playing a pompous lawyer without morality, but importantly always conveys the skill of the man as defensive attorney as well)

Stockwell - 3(Stockwell is great at making an impact with strange parts and he does that well here as he is very entertaining as his judge who seems to hate everything)

Rourke - 3(Another character I would not have minded more of over Damon's goody two shoes. Rourke somehow finds another style of sleaze separate from Devito's and Voight's that's also quite enjoyable to watch)

Glover - 3(Glover does fairly well in suggesting the underlying concern of his character well still keeping the distance of an official position. He does not get a lot to do, but I particularly liked his scene where he grilled Voight's character)

Danes - 3(Unfortunately she's mostly there to be a punching bag, but I did find her rather sweet in those intense limitations)

Wright - 3(Speaking of sweetness I certainly enjoyed seeing Wright in something, and she played her kooky old lady role in quite a charming fashion.)

D'Onofrio - 3.5(He's technically not very subtle but seeing as he's playing a giant bug it's pretty understandable. He is entertaining as just a grotesque villain but I like the awkwardness of his physical performance showing that the bug is never quite comfortable in its new skin)

Pacino - 3.5(I'm in need of a re-watch, but I recall liking him. I remember him being perhaps a bit too much at times, but it certainly worked in turning his devil into an entertaining and menacing villain. He wasn't as good as say Robert De Niro in Angel Heart in the same type of role, but he was effective)

Louis Morgan said...



Allen - 4(Allen certainly knows how to do frigid well but it's interesting that she really does not do that there. In all the cold characters Allen does effectively convey a sense of warmth behind her general malaise. She's particularly effective late in the film as she shows her character slowly breaking out of her controlled mental state)

Ricci - 3.5(She is perhaps doing a little too much of a sexualized Wednesday Addams, but even though that is the case it does work for the part)

Weaver - 4(For true frigidness look no further than to Weaver. Weaver almost seems to lower the temperature of scene in her brutally cold performance that she wryly makes slightly comic. I particularly enjoyed the scene where she shut Kline's character up about his problems. Weaver that does well not to make her character simply other worldly and does importantly has some small moments, mostly in her interactions with her younger son, that does show that her character is still human)

Carter - 2(I really don't care for this performance, and it may have been the start of Carter going in the wrong direction. Carter's whole creation here feels off to be as she makes the character overly grotesque for the sake of it. I never knew what exactly she was going for, but what was worse was I never thought it worked)

Birch - 4(I feel the same way about her as I do for Steve Buscemi in the film. I like her performance just fine and I think everything she does makes sense for her character, I just don't really love it)

Foster - 3.5(This one I really need a re-watch for since I have not watched it since 97. I recall her giving a good portrayal of a quiet devotion and determination though. I just don't really remember much else.)

Louis Morgan said...


Kline - 3.5(Kline's a bit limited early on, but good, in portraying basically the good old father who stands up straight with a booming voice. He conveys the weakness of the facade rather well and devolves into a more emotional wreck pretty effectively, earning his final breakdown at the end)

Maguire - 3.5(I actually like him here as he does a fine job of portraying the awkwardness of a teen who fails rather miserably at being edgier then he could possibly be. I thought his reaction when Katie Holmes's character told him he was like a brother to her was absolutely perfect)

Madsen - 3.5(Madsen is more of a fit for an Irish gangster than an Italian one, but he still gives a good performance. He brings a constant menace with his performance and always suggest the threat of Sonny Black even when he is technically just shooting the breeze)

Leguizamo - 3(One of the only times I did not find him grating. He perhaps is helped by the makeup that makes him unrecognizable though. I thought he did a pretty entertaining Danny DeVito impersonation of sorts as the Clown, and for once his antics were kinda funny rather than annoying)

Freeman - 2.5(Freeman does well with the very little he has, but it seems like his character had far more potential than was written for him)

Hounsou - 3.5(Hounsou is a two note actor but this is case where those two notes work. His extreme loudness works in the violent revolt scenes, and his extreme quietude works as his character is left unsure and somewhat unaware in a difficult situation)

I like Don Cheadle a lot as an actor. He can be both extremely compelling in a dramatic role or very funny like with his deadpan role in the Guard. He too often is shortchanged though with roles and it is often the case that I wish there was more of him in a lot of movies. He was most recently wasted in Iron Man 3 and Flight.

Michael Patison:

I covered the others in the nominees post.

Rebhorn - 4(It was great to see him in a role other then a doofus with some power or money. Here you might as well say he is playing James Rebhorn and I really enjoyed his performance. The way he initially creates the mystery of the game in somewhat comedic way as if The Game corporation was a bit hapless. He then is great as just a scared man trying to deal with a man who's clearly about to break. Then I love his final scene where he is rather wry portraying an actor just glad to see his job is finally over. I wish he had gotten a few more slightly out of type roles like this during his career)

Louis Morgan said...


Hepburn - 2.5(When her usual screen persona gets to shine through the material Hepburn actually is pretty endearing. Unfortunately that does not occur often enough and her performance seems rather awkward in her dramatic scenes, although that can certainly be attributed to the awkwardness of the material)

Wynyard - 1.5(A bad role anyway, but that's only the start. Wynyard is quite bland to begin with but to only make it worse she goes through some really odd mannerisms just for bad measure)

Robson - 3(She's by win out of those nominees I guess. I don't love her either really though and on a whole I found her performance pretty forgettable. She's not extremely bland like Wynyard, nor is she inconsistent like Hepburn. It's a sweet enough performance although not much more than that.)


I've never watched the show.

luke higham said...

Louis: Are you writing Mini Reviews for 33' Lead & Supporting.