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. Rod Steiger in Doctor Zhivago
  4. Toshiro Mifune in Red Beard
  5. Oskar Werner in The Spy Who Came in From The Cold
  6. Ian Hendry in The Hill
  7. Ian Bannen in The Hill
  8. Tsutomu Yamazaki in Red Beard
  9. Ossie Davis in The Hill
  10. Gian Maria Volonté in For A Few Dollars More
  11. Tom Courtenay in King Rat
  12. Roy Kinnear in The Hill
  13. Cyril Cusack in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
  14. Michael Redgrave in The Hill
  15. Edward G. Robinson in The Cincinnati Kid
  16. Trevor Howard in Von Ryan's Express
  17. Klaus Kinski in Doctor Zhivago
  18. Noel Coward in Bunny Lake is Missing
  19. Alec Guinness in Doctor Zhivago
  20. Leo McKern in Help!
  21. Nigel Green in The Ipcress File
  22. Richard Attenborough in The Flight of the Phoenix
  23. Jack Watson in The Hill
  24. Terry Thomas in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
  25. Roy Kinnear in Help! 
  26. Peter van Eyck in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
  27. Hardy Kruger in The Flight of the Phoenix
  28. Alfred Lynch in The Hill
  29. Alberto Sordi in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
  30. Wallace Ford in A Patch of Blue
  31. Michael Hordern in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
  32. Ralph Richardson in Doctor Zhivago
  33. Keenan Wynn in The Great Race
  34. Ronald Fraser in The Flight of the Phoenix
  35. Victor Spinetti in Help!
  36. Peter Falk in The Great Race
  37. Sergio Fantoni in Von Ryan's Express
  38. Geoffrey Keen in Doctor Zhivago
  39. Karl Malden in The Cincinnati Kid
  40. Denholm Elliot in King Rat
  41. Robert Morley in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
  42. James Donald in King Rat
  43. Peter Finch in The Flight of the Phoenix 
  44. Patrick Cargill in Help!
  45. John Mills in King Rat
  46. Jack Weston in The Cincinnati Kid
  47. Arthur O'Connell in The Great Race
  48. Norman Bird in The Hill
  49. Jaime Sanchez in The Pawnbroker
  50. Klaus Kinski in For A Few Dollars More
  51. Bernard Lee in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
  52. Derek Jacobi in Othello
  53. Ernest Borgnine in The Flight of the Phoenix
  54. Richard Haydn in The Sound of Music
  55. Williams Daniels in A Thousand Clowns
  56. Mario Brega in For A Few Dollars More
  57. Desmond Llewelyn in Thunderball
  58. Finlay Currie in Bunny Lake is Missing
  59. Guy Doleman in The Ipcress File
  60. Harry Andrews in The Agony and the Ecstasy
  61. Adolfi Celi in Thunderball
  62. Gene Saks in A Thousand Clowns
  63. James Fox in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
  64. Bernard Lee in Thunderball
  65. Rip Torn in The Cincinnati Kid
  66. Maurice Dallimore in The Collector 
  67. Martin Balsam in A Thousand Clowns
  68. Michael Dunn in Ship of Fools
  69. George Segal in Ship of Fools
  70. Lee Marvin in Ship of Fools
  71. Ian Bannen in Flight of the Phoenix
  72. Brock Peters in The Pawnbroker
  73. José Ferrer in Ship of Fools
  74. 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.