Thursday, 16 April 2015

Alternate Best Supporting Actor 1941: Results

5. Joseph Cotten in Citizen Kane - Aside from his scenes as an old man Cotten gives a considerably more assured performance than most of co-stars, and effectively creates a sympathetic character arc to follow along Kane's own. 

Best Scene: After Kane loses the election.
4. Herbert Marshall in The Little Foxes - Marshall gives a very moving portrayal of the physical and mental decay of a decent man among fiends.

Best Scene: Horace rejects Regina's request.
3. Edward Arnold in The Devil and Daniel Webster - Arnold realizes the assumed greatness of his character through his strong presence and genuine passion.

Best Scene: Daniel Webster addresses the jury.
2. Laird Cregar in I Wake Up Screaming - Cregar gives a brilliantly grim portrayal of his shadowy detective, but also manages to be rather heartbreaking when explaining the underlying motivations of the character.

Best Scene: Ed Cornell reveals his connection to the deceased.
1. Peter Lorre in The Maltese Falcon - Peter Lorre is superb managing to be both quite humorous and very sinister in his enigmatic portrayal of Joel Cairo. This an amazing year for supporting actor, especially for the 40's, and I really hate to leave Arnold out of the top five.

Best Scene: Cairo's arrival.
Overall Rank:
  1. Walter Huston in The Devil and Daniel Webster
  2. Van Heflin in Johnny Eager
  3. Peter Lorre in The Maltese Falcon
  4. Laird Cregar in I Wake Up Screaming
  5. Sydney Greenstreet in The Maltese Falcon
  6. Edward Arnold in The Devil and Daniel Webster
  7. Herbert Marshall in The Little Foxes
  8. Joseph Cotten in Citizen Kane
  9. Claude Rains in The Wolf Man
  10. Claude Rains in Here Comes Mr. Jordan
  11. Donald Crisp in How Green Was My Valley
  12. Barry Fitzgerald in The Sea Wolf
  13. William Demarest in The Lady Eve
  14. Elisha Cook, Jr. in The Maltese Falcon
  15. Leslie Howard in 49th Parallel
  16. John Qualen in The Devil and Daniel Webster
  17. Anton Walbrook in 49th Parallel
  18. Walter Brennan in Meet John Doe
  19. Dana Andrews in Ball of Fire
  20. Gene Lockhart in The Sea Wolf
  21. Niall MacGinnis in 49th Parallel 
  22. Richard Haydn in Ball of Fire
  23. Henry Travers in Ball of Fire
  24. S.Z. Sakall in Ball of Fire
  25. Leonard Kinskey in Ball of Fire
  26. Tully Marshall in Ball of Fire
  27. Aubrey Mather in Ball of Fire
  28. Oskar Homolka in Ball of Fire
  29. Edmund Gwenn in The Devil and Miss Jones
  30. H.B. Warner in The Devil and Daniel Webster
  31. Raymond Massey in 49th Parallel
  32. Charles Coburn in The Lady Eve
  33. S.Z. Sakall in The Devil and Miss Jones
  34. Alan Hale in The Strawberry Blonde
  35. Elisha Cook, Jr. in I Wake Up Screaming
  36. Finlay Currie in 49th Parallel
  37. William Demarest in Sullivan's Travels
  38. Edward Everett Horton in Here Comes Mr. Jordan
  39. Robert Cummings in The Devil and Miss Jones
  40. Edward Arnold in Meet John Doe
  41. Jack Carson in Love Crazy
  42. Donald MacBride in High Sierra
  43. Eugene Pallette in The Lady Eve
  44. Ward Bond in The Maltese Falcon
  45. Jack Carson in The Strawberry Blonde
  46. Porter Hall in Sullivan's Travels
  47. Jerome Cowan in The Maltese Falcon
  48. Edward Arnold in Johnny Eager
  49. James Gleason in Meet John Doe
  50. Henry Travers in High Sierra
  51. Walter Brennan in Sergeant York
  52. Laurence Olivier in 49th Parallel
  53. Rhys Williams in How Green Was My Valley
  54. Richard Carlson in The Little Foxes
  55. Dan Duryea in Ball of Fire
  56. Barry Fitzgerald in How Green Was My Valley
  57. Henry Hull in High Sierra
  58. Frances Sullivan in "Pimpernel Smith"
  59. Nigel Bruce in Suspicion
  60. Dan Duryea in The Little Foxes
  61. Bela Lugosi in The Wolf Man
  62. Ray Collins in Citizen Kane
  63. Vladimir Sokoloff in Love Crazy
  64. Barton MacLane in The Maltese Falcon
  65. James Barton in The Shepherd of the Hills 
  66. Gene Lockhart in The Devil and Daniel Webster
  67. Ralph Bellamy in The Wolf Man 
  68. Paul Stewart in Citizen Kane
  69. Cornel Wilde in High Sierra
  70. Charles Dingle in The Little Foxes
  71. Arthur Kennedy in High Sierra 
  72. Ward Bond in The Shepherd of the Hills
  73. Leo G. Carroll in Suspicion 
  74. Walter Pidgeon in How Green Was My Valley
  75. William Alland in Citizen Kane
  76. Ward Bond in Sergeant York
  77. Carl Benton Reed in The Little Foxes
  78. Alan Mowbray in That Hamilton Woman
  79. Sam Levene in Shadow of the Thin Man
  80. Walter Abel in Hold Back the Dawn
  81. George Tobias in Sergeant York 
  82. Allyn Joslyn in I Wake Up Screaming
  83. Cy Kendall in Johnny Eager 
  84. George Coulouris in Citizen Kane
  85. Alan Mowbray in I Wake Up Screaming
  86. Everett Sloane in Citizen Kane
  87. James Gleason in Here Comes Mr. Jordan
  88. Arthur Shields in How Green Was My Valley
  89. Paul Stewart in Johnny Eager
Next Year: 1990 Lead

24 comments:

luke higham said...

Ray Liotta - Goodfellas
Michael Rooker - Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer
Johnny Depp - Edward Scissorhands
Leslie Cheung - Days Of Being Wild
Mel Gibson - Hamlet

Matt Mustin said...

Ray Liotta in Goodfellas
Gabriel Byrne in Miller's Crossing
Michael Rooker in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Tim Robbins in Jacob's Ladder
Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Michael Rooker in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands
Gabriel Byrne in Miller's Crossing
James Caan in Misery
Ray Liotta in Goodfellas

Michael Patison said...

Gabriel Byrne in Miller's Crossing
James Caan in Misery
Iain Glen in Silent Scream
Ray Liotta in Goodfellas
Michael Rooker in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Michael McCarthy said...

HELL yeah Heflin, I'm glad he's so high. Also, isn't it interesting that there are now two years where the same pair (Bogart & Huston) has won Lead and Supporting actor together?

Michael Rooker- Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
James Caan-Misery
Tim Robbins-Jacob's Ladder
Johnny Depp-Edward Scissorhands
Gabriel Byrne-Miller's Crossing

I super don't think Gibson needs a review for Hamlet, the only one in that cast that really impressed me was Ian Holm.

Anonymous said...

For supporting, can you please review Gary Oldman for State of Grace?

Anonymous said...

Louis is The Little Foxes in your Top 10 for 1941? Because I really liked it. Also, would you say that your favorite Bette Davis performance is All About Eve, The Little Foxes or Now Voyager?

RatedRStar said...

Leslie Cheung - Days Of Being Wild
Ray Liotta - Goodfellas
Tim Robbins - Jacobs Ladder
Johnny Depp - Edward Scissorhands
Michael Rooker - Henry, Portrait Of A Serial Killer

John Smith said...

Stellan Skarsgard/Good Evenin Mr.Wallenberg

Michael Rooker/Henry

Tim Robbins

Robin Williams/Awakening

Depp/Edward Scissorhands

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

My request, Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands
Ray Liotta in Goodfellas
Michael Rooker in Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer
Tim Robbins in Jacob's Ladder
Christopher Walken in King of New York

Also thoughts and ratings on:
Barry Fitzgerald in The Sea Wolf
The cast of The 49th Parallel (and your thoughts on the film itself)
Edmund Gwenn in The Devil and Miss Jones
William Demarest in The Lady Eve and Sullivan's Travels
Paul Stewart in Johnny Eager

Also has your top 10 for 1941 changed at all?

John Smith said...

Tim Robbins in Jacob's Ladder

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

Also thoughts and ratings on Leslie Howard in "Pimpernel" Smith, I loved that film, it's great what an patriot Howard was and that was a terrific example of him mixing his charm and abilities with a patriotic message.

John Smith said...

Forgot to request my favorite of the year...

Michael Blanc/Monsieur Hire

John Smith said...

Fuck! Forgot to request John Cusack for The Grifters, you havent reviewed him once Louis.

GM said...

James Caan - Misery
Johnny Depp - Edward Scissorhands
Ray Liotta - Goodfellas
Tim Robbins - Jacob's Ladder
Michael Rooker - Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Leslie Cheung - Days of Being Wild
Danny Glover - To Sleep with Anger
Maynard Eziashi - Mister Johnson
Christopher Lloyd - Back to the Future Part III

Maciej said...

1. Ray Liotta - Goodfellas
2. Al Pacino - The Godfather part III
3. Michael Rooker - Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
4. James Caan - Misery
5. Wojciech Pszoniak - Korczak

Also you may consider:

Gabriel Byrne - Miller's Crossing
John Cusack - The Grifters
Johnny Depp - Edward Scissorhands
Robin Williams - Awakenings

moviefilm said...

Al Pacino – The Godfather: Part III
Danny Glover – To Sleep with Anger
Johnny Depp – Edward Scissorhands
Ray Liotta – Goodfellas
Robin Williams – Awakenings

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

To the people requesting Pacino, Louis already gave his thoughts on him. Gave him a 4.

JackiBoyz said...

Leslie Cheung - Days Of Being Wild (One of my winning requests)

Anonymous said...

Louis now that you have seen a few more films what would be ur top ten of 1941?

scott gingold said...

christian slater -pump up the volume
steve martin - my blue heaven
patrick swayze -ghost
alan rickman -truly madly deeply
jim broadbent - life is sweet

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

Actually Slater in Pump Up the Volume is a good shout, as is Rickman for truly madley deeply. Neither of them are amazing performances IMO, but charming and enjoyable enough, maybe worth looking at for the overall ranking.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Actually I know a few fans of Slater in Pump Up the Volume, and they usually hate him.

Louis Morgan said...

1941:

1.The Maltese Falcon
2.Citizen Kane
3.The Devil And Daniel Webster
4.The Strawberry Blonde
5.Sullivan’s Travels
6.Dumbo
7.The Little Foxes
8.The Sea Wolf
9."Pimpernel" Smith
10.Love Crazy

Anonymous: Oldman's very likely.

Anonymous:

Little Foxes

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar:

Fitzgerald - 4(Fitzgerald is a hoot in his purposefully grotesque portrayal of essentially Edward G. Robinson's character's toady. Fitzgerald goes intense but never quite absurd building the atmosphere of the ship quite well)

The 49th Parallel - (It's message is particularly obvious, although that usually fairly easy to accept when it's anti-Hitler propaganda, and it is not way soft handed in its approach. Nevertheless it tells its story really well though and manages to be a rather compelling film even though it boils down to just how awesome the people that make up the allies are)

Portman - 2.5(He does his cold evil note well enough, and at least stands out unlike some of the Nazis though, but his performance is particularly one note)

Howard - 3.5(Howard I find is best when he plays technically somewhat smug particularly assured character. He's good here and it's interesting how charming he can be when he relaxes in a role as he does here. Howard commands his section completely and does rather well in conveying his character as he measures his own cowardice)

Walbrook - 3.5(Walbrook's performance is made up of just basically moral speeches, and he delivers all of them really well. He brings the weight they need while never seeming like he is forcing the message of the film)

MacGinnis - 3.5(He stands out the best among the Nazis and is really quite moving in portraying the subtle realization of his character that maybe the Nazi way is not the right way when confronted with the Germans in Canada)

Massey - 3(Massey's role is particularly short as the stars go but he's quite enjoyable in portraying his character's hatred of the Nazi he has to share space with)

Currie - 3(Currie brings the right sort of dignity with his part and like most of the performers he manages to realizes his character with some depth particularly quickly)

Olivier - 3(His accent is a bit Paul Muniesque to be sure, but he facial reactions are much more downplayed. He manages to be quite moving after his character is injured)

Gwenn - 3(An entertaining bit of pompousness from him)

Demarest - 4(The funniest part of the film. Demarest obviously just is absolutely comfortable with Sturges style and thrives with it. Every moment he's onscreen is enjoyable and finds the screwball spark better than any other actor in the film)

Sullivan's - 3(Funny again he just does not get much to do here)

Stewart - 1.5(He's just kinda forgettable for most of the film, but his "acted" scene is so hammy it makes the trick pulled on Lana Turner a bit hard to believe)

Howard - 4(It's funny that Howard played The Scarlett Pimpernel in the original setting and in a modernized version. Howard again plays a character very assured of himself and again he's very endearing when he does this. Howard's a very entertaining hero here, bringing enough dramatic weight when he needs to, but all in all making it one fun thriller to watch)