Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Alternate Best Supporting Actor 1965: Results

7. Jack Lemmon in The Great Race - I decided not to review Lemmon here for a few reasons. The first being after watching the film I felt he was definitely lead along side Tony Curtis and in no way supporting him. Then I did not really feel it was quite a good enough performance worthy for his own separate lead review. Also no reason to ruin the perfect streak of the previous six performances reviewed. It is amusing to note that the previous collaboration between Lemmon and director Blake Edwards was The Days of Wine Roses so Lemmon went from a harrowing depiction of alcoholism to playing a live action Saturday morning cartoon villain right down to his name of Professor Fate. The film itself I felt was too bloated as you can probably only have so many slapstick gags before they wear a bit thin which is unfortunately the case for this film. Lemmon is quite the energetic presence and his over the top performance is actually fitting for the film. He does his best to sell every gag and his whole portrayal is amusing enough though it can't quite sustain the running time of the film. It's hardly a great performance from Lemmon, but he is indeed the best part of the film. 
6. Ian Bannen in The Hill - Well this was in no way a pleasure to even place the seventh spot in my ranking since I love all of these performances. Bannen merely gives another great performance of one man's own clever ways of survival as military prison guard while never losing his frustrations underneath.

Best Scene: The final confrontation.
5. Ian Hendry in The Hill - Hendry is also great in his uncompromising depiction of his character's sadism. What makes him standout though are the very human weaknesses he also brings to the character particularly in his portrayal of his character's attempt to be the proper military man. 

Best Scene: The final confrontation as well.
4. Oskar Werner in A Spy Who Came In From The Cold - Werner actually does not have too much material but has to make a whole lot of it. Well he does so giving so much life and genuine passion to his character Fiedler that he makes it heartbreaking when it turns out that Fielder has been used all along.

Best Scene: Fiedler realizes he's been had.
3. Toshiro Mifune in Red Beard - The last great performance to be found from the collaboration between Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune. Mifune takes a rather unorthodox somewhat colder approach with the character of the wise mentor but succeeds wholly in earning the palatable emotions of every scene he is in, and effortlessly becoming a personification of compassion.

Best Scene: Red Beard goes to retrieve the patient from the Brothel.
2. Rod Steiger in Doctor Zhivago - Steiger has a great character and brilliantly realizes his complexity. He's a perfect smiling devil yet Steiger importantly shows that there still a bit of humanity to be found.

Best Scene: Komoravosky tells Zhivago what happened to Pasha.
  1. Harry Andrews in The Hill - Andrews gives an outstanding performance as he carefully differs himself from the other two men playing guards by showing a man utterly devoted to the mindset of the military. Andrews never allows himself to be one note though using every moment to fully realize his character as man who tries to conduct things as a machine. It's hard enough ranking these six but becomes even harder having to consider Tom Courtenay's work in Doctor Zhivago as well, which only improved all the more on re-watch. I really hate to have to leave the Ians out of the top five. Now I do feel I could give any one of these men the win and they would be more than deserving. My choice goes to Courtenay as it's a performance that only gets better the more I think about it, plus if I want to cheat in my reasoning he was also great in King Rat.

Best Scene: Wilson deals with the potential riot.
Overall Rank:
  1. Tom Courtenay in Doctor Zhivago
  2. Harry Andrews in The Hill
  3. Robert Shaw in Battle of the Bulge
  4. Rod Steiger in Doctor Zhivago
  5. Richard Harris in Major Dundee
  6. Toshiro Mifune in Red Beard
  7. Oskar Werner in The Spy Who Came in From The Cold
  8. Ian Hendry in The Hill
  9. Ian Bannen in The Hill
  10. Tsutomu Yamazaki in Red Beard
  11. Ossie Davis in The Hill
  12. Gian Maria Volonté in For A Few Dollars More 
  13. Charlton Heston in The Greatest Story Ever Told
  14. Claude Rains in The Greatest Story Ever Told
  15. Donald Pleasence in The Greatest Story Ever Told
  16. Tom Courtenay in King Rat
  17. Roy Kinnear in The Hill
  18. Cyril Cusack in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
  19. Michael Redgrave in The Hill 
  20. Tom Courtenay in Operation Crossbow
  21. John Gielgud in Chimes at Midnight
  22. Hans Christian Blech in Battle of the Bulge 
  23. James Mason in Lord Jim
  24. Edward G. Robinson in The Cincinnati Kid
  25. Trevor Howard in Von Ryan's Express
  26. Klaus Kinski in Doctor Zhivago
  27. Noel Coward in Bunny Lake is Missing 
  28. Telly Savalas in Battle of the Bulge
  29. Alec Guinness in Doctor Zhivago
  30. Leo McKern in Help!
  31. Nigel Green in The Ipcress File
  32. Richard Attenborough in The Flight of the Phoenix
  33. Jack Watson in The Hill
  34. Terry Thomas in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines 
  35. Roy Kinnear in Help! 
  36. Peter van Eyck in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold 
  37. Warren Oates in Major Dundee 
  38. Burgess Meredith in In Harm's Way
  39. Hardy Kruger in The Flight of the Phoenix
  40. Alfred Lynch in The Hill 
  41. Charles Bronson in Battle of the Bulge
  42. Van Heflin in The Greatest Story Ever Told
  43. James Coburn in Major Dundee
  44. Dean Martin in The Sons of Katie Elder
  45. Eijiro Tono in Samurai Assassin
  46. Alberto Sordi in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines 
  47. Wallace Ford in A Patch of Blue 
  48. Richard Harris in The Heroes of Telemark 
  49. Christopher Lee in in Dr. Terror's House of Horrors
  50. Jose Ferrer in The Greatest Story Ever Told
  51. Michael Hordern in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold 
  52. Anthony Quayle in Operation Crossbow
  53. Ralph Richardson in Doctor Zhivago 
  54. Peter Sellers in What's New Pussycat?
  55. Eli Wallach in Lord Jim
  56. Dirk Bogarde in Darling
  57. Keenan Wynn in The Great Race
  58. Ronald Fraser in The Flight of the Phoenix
  59. Victor Spinetti in Help!
  60. Peter Falk in The Great Race
  61. Sergio Fantoni in Von Ryan's Express
  62. Geoffrey Keen in Doctor Zhivago
  63. Vladimir Mensik in Loves a Blonde
  64. Woody Allen in What's New Pussycat?
  65. Michael Craig in Sandra
  66. Karl Malden in The Cincinnati Kid
  67. Denholm Elliot in King Rat 
  68. Michael Redgrave in The Heroes of Telemark
  69. Robert Morley in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
  70. James Donald in King Rat
  71. David McCallum in The Greatest Story Ever Told 
  72. Peter Finch in The Flight of the Phoenix 
  73. Patrick Cargill in Help!
  74. John Mills in King Rat  
  75. Jean-Claude Brialy in I Knew Her Well
  76. Marino Mase in Fists in the Pocket
  77. Sal Mineo in The Greatest Story Ever Told 
  78. Patrick Wymark in Repulsion
  79. Jack Weston in The Cincinnati Kid 
  80. Joseph Schildkraut in The Greatest Story Ever Told 
  81. Paul Lukas in Lord Jim
  82. Arthur O'Connell in The Great Race
  83. Telly Savalas in The Greatest Story Ever Told
  84. Norman Bird in The Hill 
  85. Ben Johnson in Major Dundee 
  86. Donald Sutherland in Dr. Terror's House of Horrors
  87. Ed Wynn in The Greatest Story Ever Told
  88. Jaime Sanchez in The Pawnbroker 
  89. Klaus Kinski in For A Few Dollars More
  90. Bernard Lee in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
  91. Derek Jacobi in Othello
  92. Ernest Borgnine in The Flight of the Phoenix
  93. Richard Haydn in The Sound of Music  
  94. Mario Adorf in I Knew Her Well
  95. Williams Daniels in A Thousand Clowns
  96. Mario Brega in For A Few Dollars More
  97. Brandon De Wilde in In Harm's Way
  98. Henry Fonda in Battle of the Bulge
  99. Dennis Hopper in The Sons of Katie Elder
  100. Michael Gough in Dr. Terror's House of Horrors
  101. Desmond Llewelyn in Thunderball 
  102. Jeremy Kemp in Operation Crossbow
  103. Finlay Currie in Bunny Lake is Missing 
  104. Peter Cushing in Dr. Terror's House of Horrors
  105. Laurence Harvey in Darling
  106. Trevor Howard in Operation Crossbow
  107. Robert Ryan in Battle of the Bulge
  108. Guy Doleman in The Ipcress File 
  109. Dana Andrews in Battle of the Bulge 
  110. Jim Hutton in Major Dundee
  111. Kirk Douglas in In Harm's Way
  112. Harry Andrews in The Agony and the Ecstasy
  113. Christopher Plummer in Inside Daisy Clover
  114. Adolfi Celi in Thunderball 
  115. Gene Saks in A Thousand Clowns
  116. James Gregory in The Sons of Katie Elder
  117. Tom Tryon in In Harm's Way 
  118. James Fox in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
  119. Bernard Lee in Thunderball
  120. Rip Torn in The Cincinnati Kid  
  121. Hardy Kruger in Lord Jim
  122. Maurice Dallimore in The Collector  
  123. Martin Landau in The Greatest Story Ever Told 
  124. Charles Bronson in The Sandpiper 
  125. Michael Anderson Jr. in Major Dundee
  126. Martin Balsam in A Thousand Clowns
  127. Michael Dunn in Ship of Fools
  128. George Segal in Ship of Fools 
  129. Robert Redford in Inside Daisy Clover
  130. Lee Marvin in Ship of Fools
  131. Ian Bannen in Flight of the Phoenix
  132. Brock Peters in The Pawnbroker
  133. José Ferrer in Ship of Fools
  134. Barry Gordon in A Thousand Clowns
Next Year: 1957 Supporting


RatedRStar said...

I am very happy Courtenay won I think you made the right decision Louis =D.

Burt Lancaster - Sweet Smell Of Success
Lee J Cobb - 12 Angry Men
Jack Hawkins - Bridge On The River Kwai
Ralph Meeker - Paths Of Glory
Bengt Ekerot - The Seventh Seal

Scott Gingold said...

Lee J. Cobb, 12 Angry Men
Joseph Sweeney, 12 Angry Men
Bengt Ekerot, The Seventh Seal
George Macready, Paths of Glory
Lee J. Cobb, Three Faces of Eve

RatedRStar said...

Louis even though these aren't actors films I highly recommend you watch some of these films from 1957 that are well, quite fun lol.

Night Of The Demon
The Incredible Shrinking Man

Michael McCarthy said...

Shit my original predictions were right!!!! Gahhh why did I switch...

RatedRStar said...

I actually think, that the most powerful scene in Doctor Zhivago is in fact the scene when Steiger tells Sharif that Courtenay is dead, because it is a massive WHAT moment that I didnt see coming.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Gunnar Bjornstrand in The Seventh Seal (YOU MUST REVIEW HIM DAMMIT)
Bengt Ekerot in The Seventh Seal

You really don't need anyone other than those two.

luke higham said...

Louis: Your ratings & thoughts on Courtenay in King Rat.

Jack Hawkins in Bridge of the River Kwai
Ralph Meeker in Paths of Glory
Kerot & Bjornstrand in The Seventh Seal
Lee J. Cobb in 12 Angry Men

I've seen The Imitation Game & Selma,
Cumberbatch is a 4.5, but might get a 5 on rewatch and Oyelowo is a 5.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

I can basically promise you, Louis, Bjornstand is RGHT up your alley.

Anonymous said...

I know this is very off-topic, but is there someone here who likes How I Met Your Mother? I've just finished the whole series and I think it's great, so funny sometimes and so moving at others. The actors are great, particularly Alyson Hannigan is hilarious, but my two favorites are easily Cobie Smulders, who's terrific, and Neil Patrick Harris, simply amazing, and I think that they're both the funniest and the most affecting at times.

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GM said...

Gunnar Björnstrand - The Seventh Seal
Gunnar Björnstrand - Wild Strawberries
Maurice Chevalier - Love in the Afternoon
Lee J. Cobb - 12 Angry Men
Burt Lancaster - Sweet Smell of Success
Sidney Poitier - Edge of the City

Matt Mustin said...

Gunnar Bjornstrand in The Seventh Seal
Bengt Ekerot in The Seventh Seal
Jack Hawkins in The Bridge on the River Kwai
Lee J. Cobb in 12 Angry Men

Maciej said...

Louis, I'd love you to review a couple of Angry Men, you know, like 7 Psychopaths.

Apart from that:

Burt Lancaster - Sweet Smell of Success

luke higham said...

American Sniper Ratings:
Cooper - 4.5 (leaning towards a 5)
Miller - 3.5

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Ratings and thoughts on Ferrer in Ship of Fools?

Louis Morgan said...


Courtenay - 4.5(Courtenay has yet to disappoint me and once again gives a good performance as the technical moral center of the film, but the moral center no one likes. Courtenay's very moving though showing the passion of his character that stays even as he wains as a man both due to physical degradations and the fact that no one seems to care but him. My favorite scene of is his sad realization that many of those in the high command have been cheating the troops)


Ferrer - 1(A terrible performance as Ferrer seems to suggest a true Nazi was a guy who made the most absurd gestures possible not only in every facial gesture, but just every movement. Someone he makes playing ping pong seemed forced here. It's an outstandingly bad performance that Ferrer delivers here as there is not a scene where he does not stand out in a bad way, and the thing is there's only two people really giving good performances in this film and they don't share many scenes with Ferrer. I guess you can say one thing positive it does make you notice that the bland performances of much of the cast do come off at least a little better when Ferrer's around)

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Can you give thoughts and ratings on Garner and Sandler in Men, Women, and Children? I'm sorry to bring up performances you hate again, but I'm curious.