Thursday, 19 March 2015

Alternate Best Supporting Actor 1972: Results

5. Ian Bannen in The Offence - Bannen gives an effective portrayal  of the character's damaged state even if he can't fully realize what the writing demands from the character.

Best Scene: The beginning of the interrogation. 
4. Ned Beatty in Deliverance - Beatty has a particularly thankless role that could have easily been a caricature, but realizes a genuine victim through his performance.

Best Scene: Squeal like a Pig
3. Robert Shaw in Young Winston - Shaw, as usual, gives a striking performance first in realizing the quiet command of his character then later his tragic decay.

Best Scene: Lord Randolph fails to deliver his speech in parliament.
2. Eddie Axberg in The New Land - Axberg matches the naturalism of his co-stars and gives a moving depiction of his character's doomed journey.

Best Scene: Robert goes to the brothel.
1. Bruce Dern in The Cowboys - Dern actually gives a my favorite supporting of 1972 as he creates such a memorable pathetic scoundrel as the man who shot the man who shot Liberty Valance.

Best Scene: Asa Watts does the unthinkable. 
Overall Rank:
  1. Bruce Dern in The Cowboys
  2. Joel Grey in Cabaret
  3. James Caan in The Godfather
  4. Eddie Axberg in The New Land
  5. Robert Shaw in Young Winston
  6. Robert Duvall in The Godfather
  7. Ned Beatty in Deliverance
  8. John Cazale in The Godfather
  9. Ian Bannen in The Offence
  10. Richard S. Castellano in The Godfather
  11. Gene Hackman in Prime Cut
  12. Ronny Cox  in Deliverance
  13. Alistar Sim in The Ruling Class
  14. Clive Revill in Avanti!
  15. Nigel Green in The Ruling Class 
  16. Barry Foster in Frenzy
  17. Eddie Albert in The Heartbreak Kid
  18. Alec McCowen in Frenzy
  19. Arthur Lowe in The Ruling Class
  20. Stacy Keach in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
  21. Abe Vigoda in The Godfather
  22. Roscoe Lee Browne in The Cowboys
  23. Peter Boyle in The Candidate
  24. Trevor Howard in The Offence
  25. Sterling Hayden in The Godfather
  26. Nicholas Colasanto in Fat City
  27. Robert Duvall in The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
  28. Howard da Silva in 1776 
  29. Fernando Rey in The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie  
  30. Tony Roberts in Play It Again, Sam
  31. Julien Bertheau in The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  32. Ned Beatty in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
  33. Edward Andrews in Avanti!
  34. Robert Duvall in Joe Kidd 
  35. Helmut Griem in Cabaret
  36. Alex Rocco in The Godfather
  37. Kenneth Mars in What's Up, Doc?
  38. Donald Madden in 1776 
  39. Paul Winfield in Sounder
  40. Jack Albertson in The Poseidon Adventure
  41. Melvyn Douglas in The Candidate
  42. Gianni Russo in The Godfather
  43. Roddy McDowall in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
  44. John Marley in The Godfather
  45. Anthony Hopkins in Young Winston 
  46. Fritz Wepper in Cabaret
  47. Anthony Perkins in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
  48. Slim Pickens in The Getaway
  49. Bill McKinney in Deliverance
  50. Red Buttons in The Poseidon Adventure 
  51. Jerry Lacy in Play It Again, Sam
  52. Ben Johnson in The Getaway
  53. Ron Holgate in 1776
  54. Arthur O'Connell in The Poseidon Adventure
  55. Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward in Deliverance
  56. Gregory Walcott in Prime Cut
  57. Michael Bryant in The Ruling Class
  58. Micheal Murphy in What's Up, Doc?
  59. Bernard Bribbins in Frenzy
  60. Roddy McDowall in The Poseidon Adventure
  61. Ian Holm in Young Winston
  62. A Martinez in The Cowboys
  63. Harry Andrews in The Ruling Class
  64. Al Martino in The Godfather
  65. Ruy Guerra in Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  66. Peter Bowels in The Offence
  67. Ernest Borgnine in The Poseidon Adventure
  68. Del Negro in Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  69. Don Stroud in Joe Kidd
  70. Donald Moffat in The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
  71. Paul Frankeur in The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  72. Jean-Pierre Leaud in Last Tango in Paris
  73. William Mervyn in The Ruling Class
  74. Roy Poole in 1776
  75. James Best in Sounder
  76. Ron Rifkin in Silent Running
  77. Ken Howard in 1776
  78. Cliff Potts in Silent Running
  79. John Saxon in Joe Kidd
  80. Don Porter in The Candidate
Next Year: 1929 Lead/Supporting


GM said...

Willy Fritsch - Woman in the Moon
Erich von Stroheim - The Great Gabbo

Nils Asther - Wild Orchids
Frances Lederer - Pandora's Box
Klaus Pohl - Woman in the Moon
Fritz Rasp - Woman in the Moon
Gustav von Wangenheim - Woman in the Moon
Louis Wolheim - Condemned

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

Interesting that you've bumped Duvall up to a 4, any particular reason?

Also thoughts/ratings on:
Richard S. Castellano in The Godfather
Clive Revill in Avanti!
Nigel Green in The Ruling Class
Trevor Howard in The Offence
Sterling Hayden in The Godfather
Robert Duvall in The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
Tony Roberts in Play It Again, Sam
Julien Bertheau in The Discreet Charm of the BourgeoisieNed Beatty in The Life and Times of Judge Roy BeanEdward Andrews in Avanti!Robert Duvall in Joe Kidd Helmut Griem
Jack Albertson in The Poseidon Adventure
Melvyn Douglas in The Candidate
John Marley in The Godfather
Supporting cast of The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

Oops sorry ignore that middle bit from 'Julien Bertheau...Helmut Griem'

Louis Morgan said...


I moved Duvall up after re-watching the film. I mean he's consistently good anyways and he does have some great moments in there such as the scene when he tells Vito about Sonny, or when he's told Vito's dead while in captivity.

Castellano - 4(Kinda almost a mobster reprise of his Oscar nominated role although here he has more of a part. I've always felt it was a shame that Part II had a bit of sequelitis in the form of him not returning as I do think a struggle with Clemenza's loyalty would have meant more than Gazzo's suddenly introduced character. Anyway Castellano is very good as his performance realizes kinda the family element of the crime through his scenes of basically a good Uncle like warmth even when he instructs Michael on how to handle the shooting. Catellano bridges the two sides rather remarkably giving an interesting portrayal of a real family man who happens to some of the dirtiest work for the Corleone family)

Revill - 4(A very enjoyable performance as the romantic comedy sidekick type, who often do seem to be foreigners. Revill does not overplay that element of the character rather simply giving a fun portrayal of a man who seems to strive to be the very best hotel manager possible. He's got some splendid comic timing and I think stole more than a few scenes from the main stars)

Green - 4(It's a such a shame that he committed suicide shortly after making this film I've liked him a great deal in everything I've seen him in. Green is a hilarious one scene wonder as he presents his character's electrifying madness in all its absurdity)

Howard - 3.5(A good mainly reactionary performance but Howard does well to reflect just how gone Connery's Johnson is. He handles the official part of his performance as you'd expect with his usual Howard command, though then he's quite good by having his own breakdown of sorts as he witnesses just how broken Johnson is)

Hayden - 3.5(One could not ask for more perfect casting as a thuggish cop. He's certainly as imposing as he should be but with a the ever so slight comedic bent in his manner. I particularly like when Micheal shoots him, he's almost like "Hey I'm eatin' here)

Duvall - 3.5(Duvall is good here, although purposefully one note I would say. He certain has the fierceness to be Jesse James and he plays him an interesting way. He essentially shows him to be a man who's almost always promoting his self image, always seeming to force himself into the image of the larger than life bandit. I actually think the film should have focused a little more on the dynamic between his and Cliff Robertson's character. Duvall does well with what he does have though)

Louis Morgan said...

Roberts - 3.5(Roberts does the same thing he usually does as Woody Allen's support, that being a sardonic straight man. He does that well as usual. Here he's given a tad more to do in his character becomes slightly emotional later on, which he handles well too)

Bertheau - 3.5(Carries himself believably as the kind and noble priest for his early scenes which makes it all the more effective when he suddenly becomes a vengeful rather petty murderer so suddenly later on)

Albertson - 3(He's mostly overshadowed by Winters for most of the film. He delivers as he should though when he is given the spotlight and is rather moving in the moment where he sees her after the underwater scene)

Douglas - 3(He actually does not have too much to do here other than a few purposefully shallow moments as the "loving" father towards Redford. He's good in his few scenes doing the false politician rather well, and actually is another example of someone who probably should have played Don Porter's role)

Marley - 3(He does well in his one major scene being the overly pompous jerk he should be, then his flawless reaction is rather essential to one of the most famous scenes in the film)

Keach - 3.5(He's an absolute hoot in his one scene playing the most boisterous gunfighter possible, and is really funny for the duration of his scene. Although there is a great punchline involving the brevity of his appearance I certainly would not have minded more of him in the film)

Beatty - 3.5(Beatty narration is just swell to say the least and he offers a nice bit of traditional support sort of support with his quietly heartfelt performance)

McDowall - 3(Not who I would first peg as a mustache twirling sort of villain. McDowall though offers enough fun with his madcap yet sinister antics. I do think there was perhaps even more to be mined out of the role, but McDowall still does decently enough with it)

Perkins - 3(He's nicely mysterious in his single scene although I don't think the film makes enough out of his appearance as it should, although this is not his fault. The film I do feel should have embraced the legendary elements more rather than presenting everything in too much of a rinky dink fashion)

Michael McCarthy said...

Hmmm 1929....Maurice Chevalier in Innocents of Paris? Douglas Fairbanks in The Iron Mask? Charles Farrell in a Frank Borzage film? Someone from Blackmail? These are really all just shots in the dark...

Also, there are a few films that Louis has reviewed performances from that I'm just dying to see, and I was wondering if anyone knew where I could watch any of them or might have better luck finding a link. They are:

The Mark (1961)
The Fixer (1968)
Seven Beauties (1975)
An Average Little Man (1977)
Mephisto (1981)
Beast Cops (1998)

I should also say that for the films that aren't in the English language I would MUCH prefer subtitles to dubs.

GM said...

The Mark and The Fixer are avaiable on

RatedRStar said...

Malcolm Keen - The Manxman
John Longden - Blackmail
Stan Laurel - Berth Marks
Oliver Hardy - Berth Marks
Walter Huston - The Lady Lies

luke higham said...

Louis: Are there any other female 4.5+ performances from 1972 that you saw recently.

Louis Morgan said...

Only Bancroft in Young Winston.