Monday, 12 January 2015

Alternate Best Supporting Actor 1957: Results

5. Bengt Ekerot in The Seventh Seal - Although nicely boosted by the film's direction Ekerot does not lose the mystery and intrigue of the character when he speaks.

Best Scene: The end of the game.
4. Jack Hawkins in The Bridge on the River Kwai - Hawkins effectively creates yet another intriguing portrait of a most peculiar sort of madness. 

Best Scene: Warden is injured.
3. Lee J. Cobb in 12 Angry Men - Cobb gives a strong performance by fulfilling his duties as the passionate "villain", but always showing the humanity that propels him.

Best Scene: 3's final breakdown.
2. Gunnar Björnstrand in The Seventh Seal - Björnstrand gives a great depiction of a man confidant of his own world forced to face whatever the next may or may not be.

Best Scene: The squire faces death.
1. Burt Lancaster in Sweet Smell of Success - Good prediction Jackiboyz. Lancaster gives a brilliantly and coldly brutal portrayal of a man whose words are his most dangerous weapon.

Best Scene: Sidney goes to see Hunsecker.
Overall Rank:
  1. Sessue Hayakawa in The Bridge on the River Kwai
  2. Burt Lancaster in Sweet Smell of Success
  3. Gunnar Björnstrand in The Seventh Seal
  4. Lee J. Cobb in 12 Angry Men
  5. Jack Hawkins in The Bridge on the River Kwai
  6. Toshiro Mifune in The Lower Depths
  7. Jack Warden in 12 Angry Men
  8. Ralph Meeker in Paths of Glory
  9. Walter Matthau in A Face in the Crowd 
  10. Jack Klugman in 12 Angry Men 
  11. James Donald in The Bridge on the River Kwai 
  12. Karl Malden in Fears Strikes Out
  13. Bengt Ekerot in The Seventh Seal 
  14. Ed Begley in 12 Angry Men
  15. Red Buttons in Sayonara 
  16. Tyrone Power in Witness for the Prosecution
  17. George Macready in Paths of Glory 
  18. Chishū Ryū in Tokyo Twilight
  19. Martin Balsam in 12 Angry Men 
  20. Timothy Carey in Paths of Glory
  21. Lee Marvin in Raintree County 
  22. John McIntire in The Tin Star
  23. Lee J. Cobb in The Three Faces of Eve
  24. Minoru Chiaki in The Lower Depths
  25. Andre Morell in The Bridge on the River Kwai
  26. E.G. Marshall in 12 Angry Men  
  27. Jack Warden in The Bachelor Party
  28. Robert F. Simon in Edge of the City
  29. Larry Blyden in The Bachelor Party
  30. Minoru Chiaki in Throne of Blood
  31. Edward Binns in 12 Angry Men 
  32. E.G. Marshall in The Bachelor Party
  33. Kamatari Fujiwara in The Lower Depths
  34. Maurice Chevalier in Love in the Afternoon 
  35. Wayne Morris in Paths of Glory 
  36. Amedeo Nazzari in Night of Cabiria
  37. Adolphe Menjou in Paths of Glory
  38. Niall MacGinnis in Night of the Demon
  39. Dennis Hopper in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
  40. Philip Abbott in The Bachelor Party
  41. Jack Warden in Edge of the City
  42. Vasili Merkuryev in The Cranes Are Flying
  43. Bill Nagy in Across the Bridge
  44. Richard Jaeckel in 3:10 to Yuma
  45. Nils Poppe in The Seventh Seal  
  46. Aldo Silvani in Nights in Cabiria
  47. Gunnar Björnstrand in Wild Strawberries
  48. Vittorio De Sica in A Farewell to Arms
  49. Paul Newman in Until They Sail 
  50. Nigel Patrick in Raintree County
  51. Ganjiro Nakamura in The Lower Depths
  52. John Williams in Witness for the Prosecution  
  53. Aleksey Batalov in The Cranes Are Flying
  54. Mickey Shaughnessy in Designing Woman
  55. George Voskovec in 12 Angry Men 
  56. Leo McKern in Time Without Pity
  57. Jim Backus in Man of a Thousand Faces
  58. Ake Fridell in The Seventh Seal
  59. Emile Meyer in Sweet Smell of Success
  60. Sebastain Cabot in Johnny Tremaine
  61. Alberto Sordi in A Farewell to Arms 
  62. Theodore Bikel in The Enemy Below
  63. Robert Webber in 12 Angry Men 
  64. Sunil Dutt in Mother India
  65. Richard Wattis in The Prince and the Showgirl
  66. Takashi Shimura in Throne of Blood
  67. John Fiedler in 12 Angry Men 
  68. Martin Balsam in Time Limit 
  69. Lee Van Cleef in The Tin Star
  70. Geoffrey Horne in The Bridge on the River Kwai 
  71. Jean Marais in White Nights
  72. Joseph Sweeney in 12 Angry Men 
  73. Howard Smith in A Face in the Crowd 
  74. Neville Brand in The Tin Star
  75. Richard Basehart in Time Limit
  76. Bernard Lee in Across the Bridge
  77. Raaj Kumar in Mother India 
  78. Pat Hingle in The Strange One
  79. Rajendra Kumar in Mother India 
  80. Michel Auclair in Funny Face
  81. François Périer in Nights of Cabiria
  82. James Garner in Sayonara  
  83. Arthur Kennedy in Peyton Place
  84. David Wayne in The Three Faces of Eve 
  85. Sam Levene in Designing Woman
  86. Martin Milner in Sweet Smell of Success 
  87. Walter Sande in Johnny Tremaine
  88. Robert Emhardt in 3:10 to Yuma
  89. Oskar Homolka in A Farewell to Arms 
  90. Ricardo Montalban in Sayonara
  91. Joseph Calleia in Wild is the Wind
  92. Jeremy Spencer in The Prince and the Showgirl
  93. Lloyd Nolan in A Hatful of Rain 
  94. John Ireland in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
  95. George Peppard in The Strange One
  96. Russ Tamblyn in Peyton Place
  97. John McGiver in Love in the Afternoon
  98. Lloyd Nolan in Peyton Place
  99. Arthur Storch in The Strange One
  100. Richard Beymer in Johnny Tremaine 
  101. Leon Ames in Peyton Place 
  102. Rip Torn in Time Limit 
  103. Paul Langton in The Incredible Shrinking Man
  104. David Nelson in Peyton Place
  105. Lou Merrill in The Giant Claw
  106. Anthony Franciosa in A Face in the Crowd
  107. Anthony Franciosa in Wild is the Wind
Next Year: 1937 Supporting if there's time. 


luke higham said...

Jean Hersholt in Heidi

luke higham said...

Louis: Your rating & thoughts on Mifune in The Lower Depths

GM said...

John Clements - Knight Without Armour
Pierre Fresnay - Grand Illusion
Erich von Stroheim - Grand Illusion

Michael McCarthy said...


luke higham said...

Louis: As long, as you have it finished, before the nominations or straight after your alternate reviews for 2014, I don't mind.

RatedRStar said...

Jean Hersholt - Heidi
Thomas Mitchell - Make Way For Tomorrow
Erich Von Stroheim - Grand Illusion
Humphrey Bogart - Dead End
Ray Milland - Easy Living

Theres time, =D

luke higham said...

RatedRStar: seen any new films.

RatedRStar said...

Afraid not Luke, I am probably not gonna see any more until the Oscar noms are announced since I am a bit ill.

I reckon Louis could possibly do a quick set of reviews maybe, and then just wait, and then do Best Actor 2014 and Best Supporting Actor 2014 since the real years come first.

luke higham said...

RatedRStar: He could just review Mitchell, Hersholt & Stroheim, then go on to the official nominees for 2014 Supporting, as is tradition.

JackiBoyz said...

My winning request shall be

Paul Newman - Somebody Up There Likes Me (Alternate 1956 Best Actor)

RatedRStar said...

To be fair, the nominations are on Thursday so Louis actually has time, it just depends how busy he is currently in his own life.

luke higham said...

RatedRStar & anyone else: I don't know about you, but would you consider Louis's reviews for every present year, Christmas for Cinephiles, since I get so giddy about them.

Michael McCarthy said...

Louis, what's your rating for Jack Warden in 12 Angry Men?

RatedRStar said...

I get excited about every Louis year lol especially the real ones or if its from a winning request.

Matt Mustin said...

Louis, what are your thoughts on the cast of the Les Mis 10th Anniversary Concert?

GradyTripp said...

What about Timothy Carey in PATHS OF GLORY then?

Scott Gingold said...

Erich von Stroheim, Grand Illusion
Edward Everett Horton, Lost Horizon
Sam Jaffe, Lost Horizon
Chico Marx, A Day at the Races
Harpo Marx, A Day at the Races

Lezlie said...

Louis, offtopic question.

I know you're not a fan of Eric Roberts, but is there any performance from him that you find good?

Louis Morgan said...


Mifune - 4.5(Interesting that Mifune played two men getting prodded to murder although in both times for very different stakes and in very different conditions. Instead being a great samurai warlord here Mifune is simply a poor thief. Mifune shows the difference in that there is no power to consume him therefore he has time to focus on other things. Mifune's good here by portraying the thief being preoccupied by other things in the poor area in which he lives, and creates a certain charm in the thief as he ponders his relationships. When the pseudo murder comes about though Mifune is great, but in no way suggesting his other performance by the year, suggesting a more common fear over what has transpired rather than needing to be preoccupied with the plan of a wannabe ruler. His best work from the year is Throne of Blood, but this is an notable counterpart to that performance)

Michael McCarthy:


Grady Tripp:

I will miss a few names while compiling the list and I definitely remembered his performance even though I forgot his name, so thank you for reminding me.


Colm Wilkinson - (His particular, some might say peculiar, singing style I find just is the voice of Valjean as there is such a quiet but passionate determination about it. Wilkinson naturally carries such a great warmth yet there are echos of the suffering the man has endured at the same time. Wilkinson always acts the part well to if you take note of the Waltz of Treachery as Wilkinson is great by portraying that Valjean is not fooled for a second. He delivers all of his songs well because he always stresses the emotional quality to each and his "Bring Him Home" does put Jackman's version very much to shame.)

Philip Quast - (Like several of the performers in the concert it is rather interesting that they manage to physically perform the parts even though they are very much confined, something I don't think is the case for the 25th Anniversary. I think the best case of this belongs to Quast and Wilkison late in the film when Javert and Valjean meet at the barricade and both give the needed reaction to one another. Anyway Quast is the very best Javert in any medium in my eye as he carries himself with the needed command and you get the sense that he is the law. Nevertheless he brilliantly reflects the sensitivity within the character particularly in his version of "Stars". Also his reaction of Valjean saving him bests all other versions as Quast face portrays just how life shattering the moment is as he feels hate, fear and complete disbelief that a man could change his ways)

Ruthie Henshall - (She's very much moving as she should be in portraying the downtrodden nature of Fantine. The thing, which I don't think Hathaway did especially well, was Henshall still gave hints of resilience in her performance even when the character is at her lowest end. I particularly prefer her scene of interacting with the abusive John.)

Jenny Galloway - (Madame Thenardier comes down to be funny while just kinda uncouth. She's pretty good at certainly far better than her film counterpart)

Alun Armstrong - (The best Thenardier without question for me. Armstrong is hilarious in the scene where he needs to be. He also brings though the very dark edge needed for his character. He portrays the viciousness of the rat, even when he is funny and makes a far more compelling character than the other versions I have seen who stay much lighter in tone)

Louis Morgan said...

Salonga - (Although I don't think she was especially good as Fantine, although not bad, but she's a stronger fit for Eponine. She brings out the needed meek mousy qualities in her manner while delivery the emotional force her character needs to have)

Michael Ball - (The best Marius for sure, Redmayne would fight for the spot if he did not have a couple of his trademark weird reactions thrown in there. Ball though manages the most pivotal point of making his romantic enthusiasm quite endearing rather than obnoxious. He throws himself importantly into every song and is consistently charming in the role. He also absolutely brings the power needed for "Empty Chairs At Empty Tables" amplifying the loss of the barricade wonderfully well)

Michael Maguire - (I'd actually say my favorite version of the character is Aaron Tveit's version because he brought some nuance with the character's passion. Maguire is all passion and does delivery in creating the rabble rousing leader he should be, but maybe he makes him a bit too one note)

Judy Kuhn - (She's fine but no matter what Cosette's not much of a character)

Anthony Crivello - (A character a bit butchered in the movie version, although he wasn't played well either. Even here he does not have a lot of lines but Cirvello still makes a strong impact in delivery the much needed pessimism in the scenes of foolish optimism)


I would describe him as good in The Dark Knight and most recently in Inherent Vice. And really Star 80 has moments where he shows the potential for greatness even though he is unable to materialize it there.

Michael Patison said...

For 1937 Supporting:
Humphrey Bogart in Dead End
Jean Hersholt in Heidi
Erich von Stroheim in Grand Illusion

RatedRStar said...

@ Luke and any other Brits on the blog, the oscar nominations will be annouced tomorrow at 13:30 in the afternoon on Sky News, you will be able to find it on Youtube also live.

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luke higham said...

RatedRStar: Thanks, although since I'm in a technical college on Thursdays, I'm probably gonna watch it on a 2 hour rewind BBC News Iplayer feed, since I personally want to watch the whole thing, as their announcing all categories live for the first time.

moviefilm said...

My final predictions for this year's nominees on my blog, if anyone's interested. :)

luke higham said...

Louis: If Oyelowo, doesn't get nominated, will you still be reviewing him for the alternates.

moviefilm said...

Louis: Thoughts and rating for Voskovec in 12 Angry Men, please. :)

RatedRStar said...

@moviefilm: They are fine, ur predictions, I think the Carell supporting nomination could happen, but, I believe the academy locks in an actor in a certain category, rather than juggling him in both categories, and I think he is still campaigned in lead, as SAG placed him in lead and many academy members are part of SAG as well.

Also Ralph Fiennes and Bradley Cooper is a mega longshot, Cooper has not recieved a single major award nomination anywhere, and his sole critic nomination was from Denver, thats it lol, no where else nominated him.

moviefilm said...

RatedStar: Fiennes has received a huge recognation among the critic groups, so his nominee would make sense for me. And Cooper is a hit or miss prediction, but American Sniper seems to be really beloved amogst the craft people. So I wouldn't be surprised to see him nominated. But I realize it's a brave prediction...

Anonymous said...

Louis, what are your final predictions for the female categories and Best Picture?

RatedRStar said...

@moviefilm: Well we will see what happens =D, I am scared, and excited for tomorrow, will it be happy RatedRStar, or Angry RatedRStar, and I will not hold back this time, I am sure everyone deep down respects that I am a very fierce, emotional and brutally honest every time when I believe something to be just wrong, and if Carell gets nominated in supporting, in fact if he gets nominated full stop, I will not hold back this time.

JackiBoyz said...

@RatedRStar: Being that the oscars noms are tomorrow, what are your best actor and best supporting actor predictions for The Hong Kong Film Awards since they will be announced soon as well.

RatedRStar said...

@JackiBoyz: Unlike last years 2013 awards when there were plenty of newcomers like Zhang Jin and Tong Dawei, I see 2014 being a return to veteran actors.

Best Actor
Lau Ching Wan - Overheard 3
Simon Yam - The Midnight After
Anthony Wong - Gangster Payday
Chang Chen - Brotherhood Of Blades
Liao Fan - Black Coal, Thin Ice

Best Supporting Actor
Ng Man-Tat - Aberdeen
Lam Suet - The Midnight After
Alex Fong - Overheard 3
Wilson Chen - The Continent
Bah I dont know a 5th lol.

Louis Morgan said...

moviefilm: My thoughts are in Cobb's review.



The Imitation Game
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Theory of Everything
American Sniper


Julianne Moore
Reese Witherspoon
Jennifer Aniston
Felicity Jones
Amy Adams

Supporting Actress:

Patricia Arquette
Emma Stone
Keira Knightley
Meryl Streep
Rene Russo

On a side note:

I've always thought of the Razzies as even more of a joke than they should be, but that nomination for Mel Gibson is ridiculous since he was easily the best thing about Expendables 3. At least Kelsey Grammer was listed for other films, which I have not seen, since he was the second best part of that film.


Well I do like to include popular snubs.

luke higham said...

Louis: As of now, what are your final predictions for Lead & Supporting Actor.

Louis Morgan said...


Michael Keaton
Eddie Redmayne
Jake Gyllenhaal
Ralph Fiennes
David Oyelowo

Odd to predict this way since I see The Imitation Game doing well, but other than Redmayne and Keaton no one is safe. Cumberbatch could end up with the likes of Tom Hanks and Paul Giamatti where their films do well but they don't get in.

Supporting Actor:

J.K. Simmons
Edward Norton
Ethan Hawke
Mark Ruffalo
Robert Duvall

Now here I'm playing it as safe as possible. It appears, if there will be an upset, it will be Carell being thrown into the wrong category.

luke higham said...

Louis: As strange as it is, I'm looking forward to the nominations alot, yet fucking dreading those lead & supporting lineups since Carell could spoil everything for me, since someone I like to see reviewed, could miss out.

Anonymous said...

I really hope Gone Girl gets nominated for Best Picture, I mean, it's great. And if Pike doesn't get in, it will be one of the worst snubs in the history of the Oscars.

Michael Patison said...

Speaking of nomination predictions:

Michael Patison said...

What are your thoughts on the cast of Clue? Ratings too (except for Warren and Kahn) as I know they're both 5s.

Louis Morgan said...

Brennan - 4.5(Starting off all of the cast is superb in realizing the dialogue sharpness as they all have razor sharp timing her. She's enjoyably daffy in a somewhat naive older lady sort of way. She's often forced to be the one who screams and is scared the most but she does a great job of it. She's always funny and somehow never seems to become repetitive. Also to her credit she's rather convincing in her ending becoming the cold murderess rather well)

Kahn - 5(An absolutely hilarious performance. I love every moment she says much of anything here. She's especially entertaining in the moments where she so nonchalantly describes the fact that Mrs. White clearly is already a killer. She's impeccable here as she technically downplays for the most part but gives a very funny performance while always keeping that widow's reserve. Well except of course there is the ultimate moment in her performance being her description of how much she hated Yvette which is sure to make me laugh every time I see it, and it was the perfect time for Kahn to break White's style.)

Lloyd - 4.5(The weak link of the false names but since its this set I still like him a whole lot. This technically is not his fault in that Professor Plum is written to be fairly one note. That one note being the absurdly sleazy doctor who is not at all ashamed of his crimes. Lloyd though exudes this through every second of his performance by keeping absolutely no shame in Plum while still keeping the mannerisms of a good doctor. Actually the more I've been writing about his performance the more I've realized how much I like him here. My favorite moment for him though his shrug when he hears that he killed the Butler)

Mull - 4.5(Mull's antics don't always work in everything I've seen him in but they are perfect for the idiotic Colonel Mustard. Mull is perhaps the broadest but the thing is they all fit into the game so well its unbelievable. In fact maybe alone his work may not have worked but playing off the others it absolutely does. Mull's physical movements and often bewildered expression are great while attempting to still be the good soldier. The moment where he slowly spells out a theory, which everyone else has figured out, is pure gold especially due to that overly proud grin he has on his face at the end of it)

Louis Morgan said...

Warren - 5(She fits right in here as she is a straight woman of sorts as Miss Scarlet like Plum is hardly ashamed of what she has done. Warren's performance though is pitch perfect and her often deadly sarcastic responses are not only funny on their own but do wonders to amplify all the other performances as well. She always cuts right in with the sardonic quips with a truly perfected timing. Also I'd say Warren technically makes her ending make the most sense as she becomes mastermind villain with such ease. )

Camp - 4(Hey now this is how you do ditsy French Maid. That cliche could get old fast but Camp is consistently delightful in her role. She fits right in and it is almost a shame that she does have to exit even before the endings get to take place)

McKean - 4.5(I don't know if it were not for the third ending he may be lower, but really that's all that's needed. Again doing the constantly scared gay guy could be too much but McKean makes it work. He shows how to do broad but I love this performance all the more if it goes into the idea that it is all a put on. What makes him my favorite of the men, aside from Curry, is just how good he is in the revelation scene of the third ending. McKean goes from scared wimp to badass in a matter of seconds and it is glorious, especially thanks to that final line delivery of his)