Saturday, 14 March 2015

Alternate Best Actor 1972: Results

5. Burt Reynolds in Deliverance - Reynolds gives an interesting portrayal that matches yet quietly subverts his character's view of masculinity.

Best Scene: Lewis rescues Bobby and Ed.
4. Jon Voight in Deliverance - Voight gives a sympathetic and moving portrayal of a man who is both physically and mentally damaged by his journey.

Best Scene: Ed shoots the Hillbilly.
3. Robert Redford in The Candidate - Redford gives a strong performance where he transforms from a somewhat acerbic though passionate man to a charismatic though vapid politician.

Best Scene: McKay's laughing fit.
2. Max von Sydow in The New Land - Max von Sydow gives a great performance of beautiful simplicity through a honest depiction of a man's life in a new land.

Best Scene: Karl-Oskar's final moments with his wife.
1. Klaus Kinski in Aguirre, The Wrath of God - Good Predictions Michael McCarthy, Kevin, Luke, GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar, RatedRStar, and GM. Kinski gives a mesmerizing portrayal of a man's descent into madness. 1972 was filled with some great performances but I went with the one I simply loved watching the most out of all them.

Best Scene: Alone on the raft. 
Overall Rank:
  1. Laurence Olivier in Sleuth
  2. Al Pacino in The Godfather
  3. Klaus Kinski in Aguirre, The Wrath of God
  4. Max von Sydow in The New Land
  5. Bruce Dern in Silent Running
  6. Sean Connery in The Offence
  7. Stacy Keach in Fat City
  8. Robert Redford in The Candidate
  9. Jon Voight in Deliverance
  10. Michael Caine in Sleuth
  11. Marlon Brando in The Godfather
  12. Burt Reynolds in Deliverance
  13. Marlon Brando in Last Tango in Paris
  14. John Wayne in The Cowboys
  15. Paul Newman in The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean
  16. Gene Hackman in The Poseidon Adventure
  17. Peter O'Toole in The Ruling Class
  18. Michael York in Cabaret 
  19. Charles Grodin in The Heartbreak Kid
  20. Jeff Bridges in Fat City
  21. Clint Eastwood in Joe Kidd
  22. Lee Marvin in Prime Cut
  23. Jack Lemmon in Avanti!
  24. Woody Allen in Play it Again, Sam
  25. Steve McQueen in The Getaway
  26. Cliff Robertson in The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
  27. William Daniels in 1776
  28. Kevin Hooks in Sounder
  29. Ryan O'Neal in What's Up Doc?
  30. Jon Finch in Frenzy
  31. Simon Ward in Young Winston
Next Year: 1972 Supporting


Michael McCarthy said...

What were your ratings and thoughts for Bruce Dern and Stacy Keach?

GM said...

Alec Guinness - Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Giancarlo Giannini - Le Professeur
Ernest Borgnine - The Poseidon Adventure
Robert Shaw - Young Winston
Ned Beatty - Deliverance

luke higham said...

3 correct predictions in a row, Fuck Yeah.

My request is Peter Mullan in Tyrannosaur for 2011 Lead.

Louis: Ratings & Thoughts On Newman, Grodin and Bridges.

Robert Shaw - Young Winston
Ian Bannen - The Offence
Eddie Axberg - The New Land
Helmut Greim - Cabaret
Alastair Sim - The Ruling Class
Ned Beatty - Deliverance

Michael McCarthy said...

Oh yeah, and my winning request is Raul Julia in Romero for 1989 lead.

luke higham said...

Louis: Your Top 5s for Lead And Supporting Actress with ratings as well.

Anonymous said...

So no Jack Nicholson or Bruce Dern for "The King Of Marvin Gardens"? Even Cliff Robertson is listed in the top 25 but not Nicholson and Dern!!! I am guessing Louis didn't watched "The King Of Marvin Gardens"

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

Louis, my request shall be:

Dean Stockwell in Compulsion (1959 Best Actor)

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

Silent Running sounds like a fascinating film.

Anonymous said...

Gene Hackman- Prime Cut
Robert Shaw- Young Winston

RatedRStar said...

I am awake now lol so much for the previous post, um Louis what are your thoughts on Silent Running, Fat City, Roy Bean, and Frenzy?(wow you really didnt like Finch did you lol =D)

@Anonymous: Bonus reviews remember

Louis.... Revenge time, soon =D.

RatedRStar said...

This request will be for the bonus reviews instead of the normal 1959 alternative =D

My Request is

Anthony Franciosa - Career

RatedRStar said...

I was going to go for Richard Dix in The Ghost Ship but that Golden Globe win swayed me.

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

@RatedRStar: Omg Louis is going to flip :D To be fair Franciosca is rather good in Career, 1959 should be very interesting.

RatedRStar said...

@Donald: Is he really rather good? lol or was that sarcasm =D.

Grady Tripp said...

Barry Foster, Frenzy
Ned Beatty, Deliverance

moviefilm said...

Alec McCowen – Travels with My Aunt
Barry Foster – Frenzy
Clive Revill – Avanti!
James Coco – Man of La Mancha
Robert Shaw – Young Winston

luke higham said...

Louis: I know Finch was underwhelming in Frenzy, but I hope it doesn't sway your judgement, by not considering him for a review in Macbeth (1971), which he was alot better there than he was here, he's an easy 4.5 for me at least.

Anonymous said...

Louis what are your thoughts on MASH, Twelve Chairs and Sometimes A Great Notion?

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

What are your thoughts on Play it Again, Sam and Frenzy, Louis?

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

RatedRStar: He is not bad at all, I should say though his hammy tendencies as an actor still come through so Louis might still despise it!!

luke higham said...

GDSAO: Have you seen any new releases recently, like Chappie for example.

luke higham said...

RatedRStar: Are there any other non-HK performances that you're planning to request in future.

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

Indeed I have.

Chappie (I actually rather enjoyed the film, despite having many, many reservations. It has some fun sequences but the acting and characters are overall, rather sub-par. The characters overall are a rather interesting tapestry of quirk, and though the storyline's a bit rote, Blomkamp's vision does shine through some of the weaker bits of writing)
Ninja and Yolandi-2.5

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (pretty boring sequel to a film I actually enjoyed. Tom Wilkinson's presence is sorely missed. I would say more but there's not much more to say)
Gere-2 (bland, bland, bland)

I might see Focus in the upcoming week but don't count on it

luke higham said...

GDSAO: I've only seen Kingsman, Ex Machina and Shaun The Sheep so far this year, but I'll probably see Chappie during the summer/autumn period. The next film I'm planning to see is Cinderella.

RatedRStar said...

@Luke: Yes there is, most of them are from the 80s although there are one or two 40s in their as well.

RatedRStar said...

Many of the performances I have recently requested minus Franciosa have been in films that I had in my top ten of that particular year, its also so that they have a guarantee of getting in rather than missing out.

Some of the non HK performances I am quite confident will get in, such as Eric Stoltz in Mask and John Lone in Year Of The Dragon, so they arent on the top of the request list just yet.

RatedRStar said...

I was gonna say, that there are only 5 HK performances left for me to request pretty much, 2 new actors and 2 previously seen ones.

RatedRStar said...

and 1 very seen one.

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

@RatedRStar: Love Stoltz in Mask, hate that he's more known as the guy who never was Marty McFly than for his extremely strong body of work. I have to confess I didn't care much for Lone in Year of the Dragon (nor for the film itself), but he is wonderful in The Iceman which you should definitely check out, and M. Butterfly.

Also who would the very seen one be, would it be a Tony Leung performance by any chance?

RatedRStar said...

@Donald: Actually I think there will be 7, 1 very seen one, 3 previous actors and 2 new ones, and yes Tony Leung Chiu Wai was the very seen one.

RatedRStar said...

Actually I mean 6 lol.

RatedRStar said...

John Lones Golden Globe nomination for YOFD has me really curious, I haven't seen the film yet but for a film of that quality to receive a globe nomination intrigues me.

GradyTripp said...

Louis, haven't you seen Sean Connery in The Offence? I thought he was excellent in it, and I notice he isn't in your overall lead line-up for 1972.

GradyTripp said...

And I notice that Edward Albert in Butterflies Are Free is missing too...

RatedRStar said...

@GradyTripp: Bonus reviews can make that possible =D lol plus I did mention Ian Bannen as a potential review in the last post so lol.

Louis Morgan said...

Michael McCarthy:

Dern - 4.5(Bordering on a five. Dern is kinda one of the kings of crazy as an actor which works well here as he stops the film from being potentially preachy as Dern does give an intense insanity in his character as he goes to extreme measures to preserve nature. Dern though does not make the man a villain though as he portrays such an honest conviction in the man's belief that you can at least understand his motivation for what he has done. Dern eventually becomes a great one man act for a while and keeps the film compelling even when technically there isn't too much going on story wise. He's actually incredibly moving though when he expresses the regrets in his character, and brings such a powerful poignancy in his sorrow. Plus you gotta give the guy props as he makes the demise of a goofy looking robot pretty heartbreaking)

Keach - 4.5(A great an example of a portrayal of a beaten down boxer that does not take after Marlon Brando post On the Waterfront. Keach gives an interesting performance because there's such a desperate optimism in his performance. He makes his attempt at glory particularly sympathetic because he portrays how his character so earnestly desires it. It allows it to be all the more quietly tragic as nothing seems to quite go his way. Even when he does fall even more I like how Keach internalizes the damage for the most part, and even the moments of drunken outburst are very well handled by him. It's a striking realizes of this sorta fringe character and I particularly like his off-beat though believable chemistry with Susan Tyrrell's lush)

By the way ....... Thank you for that request.


Newman - 4(I can't say that John Huston quite seems to find the right tone for the film, which I don't know feels both too silly or not silly enough. Newman tries his best to make a go of it although I don't think he quite perfectly mends his character together either. I have to say I preferred Walter Brennan's take, although the character's are really polar opposites. Newman though is still fairly entertaining in creating this larger than life figure of the west and is rather enjoyable in portraying a certain madness in the man. I can't help but feel maybe Huston was holding him back, as it's good but I do think it could have been great)

Grodin - 4(I have to admit it's hard for me to dislike Grodin as there just is kinda something naturally funny about him. Here he is very one note, but one note in a good way. He's basically just keeps his character consistently at that strange awkward enthusiasm yet confusion as he clearly has absolutely no idea what he wants. Grodin makes a go of this one note though and is quite funny.)

Bridges - 3.5(I do think he's co-lead, although not exactly the most focused upon co-lead. Bridges is good here in portraying perhaps the early phase of Keach's character as he has the same type of enthusiasm, yet seems almost blissfully unaware of his rather poor prospects. He's a bit overshadowed by Keach, but still does just fine for himself.)


Liv Ullmann - The New Land
Liza Minnelli - Cabaret
Cicely Tyson - Sounder

That's all I got at the moment.

Supporting Actress:

Susan Tyrrell - Fat City - 4.5
Shelley Winters - The Poseidon Adventure - 4
Sissy Spacek - Prime Cut - 4
Marisa Berenson - 4
Monica Zetterlund - The New Land - 4

Louis Morgan said...


For that request curse you!!!!!!! I don't know maybe he'll be good.

Silent Running - (An interesting off-beat sci-fi film about a space gardener who refuses to give up his garden. I will say it does have some cheesy 70's songs thrown in that are dated in a very bad way and just hurt the film a bit, although I thought the final one kinda worked. Otherwise than that though it's a compelling character study which is naturally very much helped by Dern's great work)

Fat City - (Huston's 70's work is always intriguing although I don't think quite great. Well other than The Man Who Would Be King but that very much harkened back to his earlier work. This is a better one though I think as it paints a rather stark portrait of the boxing world even though it never feels quite depressing as there always seems a hope even though it is a false hope. I particularly loved the one major victory in the film that is brilliantly lessened by having the loser of the fight have to solemnly walk out by himself)

Roy Bean - (Again intriguing although not as good as an example for Huston. Like many of the westerns from the early 70's period it kinda wants to be revisionists yet isn't. I have to admit I don't care style really. Huston's tone never quite works. There are enjoyable moments, particularly one with a gunslinger played by Stacy Keach. For me though it never quite goes as larger than life as it should considering it's painting a legend type of story, yet it is a bit too silly to be taken as serious depiction of Roy Bean.)

Frenzy - (It's Hitchcock almost doing Brian De Palma's version of Hitchcock with the more graphic take on the subject matter. I actually did not hate Finch at all, even if I think he's a considerable step down from some other wrong man performances in Hitchcock thrillers, I still find he makes a decent enough hero for this sort of thriller. It's a good thriller in its own way, and I like how British Hitchcock makes this one with the properness of the characters creating some enjoyable dark humor throughout. No matter what it is an intriguing specimen as kinda a bridge between the old and new styles of thrillers)


MASH - (I can like Altman quite a lot actually, but this film just never quite worked for me. It has some good moments in there like some of the surgery scenes. To be honest though I just don't find it all that funny, particularly not the football game at the end)

Twelve Chairs - (A curiosity as it is Brooks doing a non-parody before he went down the road of films like Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles. I can't say it's quite great. It is enjoyable enough though not laugh out loud funny, it is perhaps a bit more emotionally poignant that any of Brooks's other films)

Sometimes A Great Notion - (Mostly decent enough as a family drama goes, although a bit standard particularly in the stuff involving Newman and Michael Sarrazin. I have to say though Richard Jaeckel's death scene is quite harrowing though)


Play it Again, Sam - (Another curiosity of the year as it is Woody Allen not directed by Woody Allen. This seems to mean basically that it will focus more on being solely funny than really getting into anything philosophical, which fine because I found the film to be rather funny)

Michael McCarthy said...

@Louis You're very welcome...I'm not sure if you've seen Romero but I bet Julia will be right up you're alley.

Anonymous said...

Can I have your thoughts on Tyrell, Spacek, Berenson, Winters and Zutterlund? Also, ratings and thoughts on Talia Shire in The Godfather and Jeanne Berlin in The Heartbreak Kid.

Anonymous said...

And Louis I strongly suggest you to see Cries and Whispers. Liv Ullmann, Harriet Andersson and Ingrid Thulin are all great.

Michael Patison said...

Ned Beatty in Deliverance
John Cazale in The Godfather (same thoughts on why you shouldn't do him, but either way he's deserving)
Robert Shaw in Young Winston

I currently have 2 unused requests, and I fear the more you review, the less I'll have to request, so here it goes.
Alan Rickman in Sense and Sensibility
Laird Cregar in I Wake Up Screaming

Michael McCarthy said...

^For what it's worth I totally second Rickman.

RatedRStar said...

Um I recently watched Game Of Thrones for the first time ever with a friend, and we didn't watch the first ever episode or anything, he chose the episode called " The Mountain and the Viper" omfg, definitely not watching anymore now lol I am gonna nightmares for bloody weeks.

Louis Morgan said...

Tyrell - (She's a great ugly mess. She makes her especially not pretty to witness, and not in a physical. Rather Tyrell realizes well just what a mess her character is. She technically stays on a similar beat, since her character is never not drunk, but she effectively finds the different colors within this state in a rather remarkable fashion)

Spacek - (She's just a damsel in distress for Lee Marvin to save in a ridiculously trashy film, which really I don't mind but it should have been more entertaining then. Anyway Spacek takes a nothing role and gives an honest life to her character making you feel her struggle while avoiding the sheer absurdity of the material)

Berenson - (Berenson has a boon for me no matter what in that she seems like a walking portrait, which works especially well for Barry Lyndon. Anyways though I quite liked Berenson unassuming work though which contrasts well against Minnelli's far more flamboyant performance)

Winters - (She has a bit of a cliched role but Winters does her very best to be actually very endearing as the sweet motherly type. In addition she does her best to give some gravity to the more serious moments, and is quite good in her final scene where her character shows her worth)

Zutterlund - (Like von Sydow and Ullmann, although to a lesser extent, gives a compelling performance by realizing a normal person in such an authentic feeling way. She has less emotionally volatile moments, but she's consistently good in the film adding a nice bit of traditional support the film)

Shire - 3(I probably prefer this to her Oscar nominated take on the character, although I actually believe she is the one person in the trilogy who gives her best work in the third film. Anyway, I still don't think makes too much of an impact but she's good in the scene where she gets smacked around by Carlo)

Berlin - 2.5(She's one note annoying on purpose. I did not hate her, I just did not find her to be all that funny)

Anonymous: I'll definitely need to watch that in the future.

Michael Patison:

I'm always up for more of Laird Cregar.

luke higham said...

RatedRStar: I know you don't watch much television, but I would absolutely recommend watching Game Of Thrones from the start to the current stage in its run, and yes the end was disgusting, yet awesome, as it always is by the show's standards.

Louis Morgan said...


That is not the best way to get into I must say, you need to be eased into that scene, although even then it's still pretty jarring.