Thursday, 2 April 2015

Alternate Best Supporting Actor 1969: Results

5. Helmut Berger in The Damned - Berger is creepy enough in his role but his presence is oddly muted considering the nature of his role.

Best Scene: His musical number...I guess. 
4. Laurence Olivier in Oh! What a Lovely War - Olivier gives an enjoyable performance as a General who may be just a little too English.

Best Scene: Discussing French generals. 
3. Gene Hackman in Downhill Racer - Hackman manages to steal the film by realizing depth in a character who easily could have been a non-entity.

Best Scene: Eugene chews out David.
2. Robert Ryan in The Wild Bunch - Robert Ryan gives a very effective performance as he creates sympathy for the traitor.

Best Scene: The end scene.
1. Ernest Borgnine in The Wild Bunch - Good predictions Luke, GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar, RatedRStar, and JackiBoyz. Ernest Borgnine gives a great performance that is almost made through silent reactions. Everything he does adds at least a little something to the film and his chemistry with William Holden is absolutely incredible.

Best Scene: Pike and Dutch at the campfire.
Overall Rank:
  1. Ernest Borgnine in The Wild Bunch
  2. Gig Young in They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
  3. Robert Ryan in The Wild Bunch
  4. Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider
  5. Gene Hackman in Downhill Racer
  6. Laurence Olivier in Oh! What a Lovely War
  7. Robert Duvall in True Grit
  8. Jackson Beck in Take the Money and Run
  9. Noel Coward in The Italian Job
  10. Marcel Bozzuffi in Z
  11. Red Buttons in They Shoot Horses Don't They?
  12. Joe Melia in Oh! What a Lovely War
  13. Walter Brennan in Support Your Local Sheriff!
  14. Edmond O'Brien in The Wild Bunch
  15. Yves Montand in Z
  16. Hardy Kruger in The Red Tent
  17. Bruce Dern in Support Your Local Sheriff! 
  18. Rupert Crosse in The Reivers
  19. Michael Redgrave in Oh! What a Lovely War
  20. Sean Connery in The Red Tent
  21. Jacques Perrin in Z
  22. Telly Savalas in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  23. Helmut Griem in The Damned
  24. Philippe Noiret in The Assassination Bureau
  25. Dennis Hopper in True Grit
  26. Jean-Pierre Cassel in Army of Shadows
  27. Telly Savalas in The Assassination Bureau
  28. Bruce Dern in They Shoot Horses Don't They?
  29. Burgess Meredith in The Reivers 
  30. Ted Cassidy in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  31. Harry Morgan in Support Your Local Sheriff!
  32. Paul Meurisse in Army of Shadows
  33. Ben Johnson in The Wild Bunch 
  34. Warren Oates in The Wild Bunch
  35. Benny Hill in The Italian Job 
  36. Al Lewis in They Shoot Horses Don't They?
  37. Christian Barbier in Army of Shadows
  38. Jack MacGowran in Age of Consent
  39. Bob Balaban in Midnight Cowboy
  40. Marcel Hillaire in Take the Money and Run
  41. Desmon Llewelyn in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  42. Jeff Corey in True Grit 
  43. Robert Stephens in The Prime if Miss Jean Brodie 
  44. Jack Weston in Cactus Flower
  45. John McGiver in Midnight Cowboy
  46. Bernard Lee in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  47. Ray Walston in Paint Your Wagon 
  48. Anthony Quayle in Anne of the Thousand Days 
  49. Alan Hewitt  in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
  50. Umberto Orsini in The Damned
  51. Jack Elam in Support Your Local Sheriff!
  52. William Squire in Anne of the Thousand Days
  53. Helmut Berger in The Damned
  54. Michael Constantine in The Reivers
  55. John Colicos in Anne of the Thousand Days 
  56. Harve Presnell in Paint Your Wagon
  57. George Baker in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  58. William Schallert in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
  59. Michael Hordern in Anne of the Thousand Days
  60. Michael Redgrave in Goodbye, Mr. Chips
  61. John Fiedler in True Grit
  62. Donald F. Muhich  Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
  63. Gordon Jackson in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  64. Michael Bryant in Goodbye, Mr. Chips
  65. Ernesto Gonzalez in Last Summer 
  66. Arnold Stang in Hercules in New York
  67. Tim McIntire in The Sterile Cuckoo 
  68. Clifton James in The Reivers
  69. Rick Lenz in Cactus Flower
  70. Glen Campbell in True Grit
  71. Ernest Graves in Hercules in New York
Next Year: 1941 Lead


luke higham said...

Louis: My request is Michael Smiley in Kill List for 2011 Lead.

luke higham said...

Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon
Cary Grant in Suspicion
Laurence Olivier in That Hamilton Woman

GM said...

Charles Boyer - Hold Back the Dawn
Fredric March - One Foot in Heaven
Humphrey Bogart - The Maltese Falcon
Joel McCrea - Sullivan's Travels
Edward G. Robinson - The Sea Wolf
William Powell - Love Crazy

Matt Mustin said...

What's your ratings and thoughts on Duvall, Hopper and Campbell in True Grit?

luke higham said...

Louis: I'd recommend seeing Kill List before you get to 2011, since in your view, Smiley, might be supporting.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

I don't have any recommendations for 41 Lead, but I will say that Joseph Cotten better damn well be reviewed for Supporting. Easily the heart and soul of Citizen Kane. I'm honestly baffled to how the film is considered the greatest of all time yet his supporting performance in it is practically ignored.

Michael Patison said...

Thoughts and ratings for the rest of the top 10

For 1941:
Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon
Gary Cooper in Meet John Doe
Joel McCrea in Sullivan's Travels

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

My request is Trevor Howard in Outcast of the Islands for 1952 bonus rounds lead.

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

@kook160: I agree, I would argue in fact that Cotten gives by far the best performance in the film, and I quite like Welles.

Suggestions for 1941 lead:
Roddy McDowall in How Green Was My Valley
Gary Cooper in Meet John Doe
Eric Portman in 49th Parallel
Gary Cooper in Ball of Fire
Gary Cooper in Meet John Doe (it's a shame he was nominated for Sergeant York since he's great in both films, I will say though you should review him for Ball of Fire Louis, he is very much cast against type there and very enjoyable at doing so)
Bogart in Maltese Falcon
McCrea in Sullivan's Travels

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

I think you will enjoy Ball of Fire if you watch it Louis (hint hint)

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

Also thoughts and ratings on:

Jackson Beck in Take the Money and Run
Marcel Bozzuffi in Z
Red Buttons in They Shoot Horses Don't They?
Walter Brennan and Bruce Dern in Support Your Local Sheriff!
Telly Savalas in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Helmut Griem in The Damned
Philippe Noiret in The Assassination BureauDennis Bruce Dern in They Shoot Horses Don't They?Burgess Meredith in The Reivers 
Robert Stephens in The Prime if Miss Jean Brodie
Gordon Jackson in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Ernest Graves in Hercules in New York

Michael McCarthy said...

Joel McCrea-Sullivan's Travels
Lon Chaney, Jr.-The Wolf Man
Humphrey Bogart-The Maltese Falcon
Roddy McDowell-How Green Was My Valley
Robert Montgomery-Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Also I kind of really hope you raise Orson Welles's rating for Citizen Kane.

Anonymous said...

Thoughts and ratings on the cast of The Assasination Bureau

Gary Cooper in Ball of Fire
Lon Chaney Jr in The Wolf Man
William Powell in Love Crazy
Charles Boyer in Hold Back the Dawn

RatedRStar said...

Lon Chaney Jr - The Wolf Man
Humphrey Bogart - The Maltese Falcon
Joel McCrea - Sullivans Travels
Gary Cooper - Meet John Doe
Laurence Olivier - 49th Parallel

JackiBoyz said...

Looks like I better pick a better performance for a request this time lol.

From the 1960 bonus rounds

Karlheinz Böhm - Peeping Tom

RatedRStar said...

Is the Assassination Bureau any good Louis? because I can believe Oliver Reed can be charming, he was like one of the big heart throbs of the late 60s early 70s.

My winning request is

Nick Cheung - The Beast Stalker (2008 bonus rounds)

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

Well looks like it's going to be John Doe for Cooper.

@RatedRStar: I would consider Olivier to be supporting in 49th Parallel, I will say I quite liked his segment in the film. Him, Leslie Howard and especially Raymond Massey are all rather good, if you haven't seen the film you should :)

@Jackiboyz: What's your rating for Böhm in Peeping Tom, it's an unfortunately forgotten performance, a very well directed film by Michael Powell and that ending was surprisingly devestating.

RatedRStar said...

@Donald: I havent seen it unfortunately, I was curious though as some people criticized Oliviers Canadian accent so I wondered what Louis would have thought of it, looks like an interesting film.

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

@RatedRStar: I'm not going to lie his accent work was pretty dreadful, especially by Olivier standards. But it's a good performance--1940s British cinema is my favourite.

JackiBoyz said...

@Donald: I would give him a low 4.5, I think he is creepy and disturbing in much more casual way, I think the film itself is really a great directors film, just the way it was shot but I think Böhm is still a character that was compelling.

RatedRStar said...

@Donald: What are your thoughts on the 49th Parallel, since I am becoming interested in it, it kinda looks like Foreign Correspondent but with Canadians lol =D.

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

@JackiBoyz: It's a great directors film, I'll agree with you on that. Böhm deserved a better career than he eventually did, it was a very memorable portrayl of psycopathy.

@RatedRStar: Well you're not far off the mark in terms of tone. It's effectively Powell/Pressburger's take on the many British WWII propoganda films of the time (so yes, like Foreign Correspondent), but with a cynical edge on the side.

The most ingenius casting choice (and in my opinion, the best performance in the film) is Leslie Howard, who I'm sure RatedRStar you as a Brit will greatly cherish all the work, both in film and in the skies, he put in for the British army. He, alongside Olivier, and Massey, represent the 'typical' heroes of propoganda films at the time, but subverted by their statuses as conscientious objectors. Each brings a very distinctive flavour to the film--Olivier a sense of class, Howard his amusingly stuffy British sensibilities, and real-life Canadian Massey some good ol' Canadian bombast if you can imagine that.

The true leads of the film are the German soldiers trying to find a way out of Germany, some are more sympathetic than others (Nial MacGinnis, you will like him, he's a cuddly Irish actor :D). Eric Portman, who was unfortuantely anti-semitic in real-life, this probably helps in his role as a rather despicable German Lieutenant, and he's nicely opposed by good old Anton Walbrook.

The film overall is a very nice watch, a bit sad in parts, I will say though the ending is more uplifting than Foreign Correspondent which I always feel ends on a bit of a downer (I just wish they would have told us whether lovable Joel McCrea lived or died!)Probably my third favourite Powell/Pressburger after Colonel Blimp and Thief of Bagdhad

RatedRStar said...

@Donald: Oh I am interested now, and its on YouTube as well so, I love how you think I will like someone because they are cuddly =D hehe.

I do mostly like Leslie Howard as an actor and certainly as a war hero in his own right, although as an actor he does sometimes give pretty poor performances like he is asleep or something.

RatedRStar said...

I do like most of Powell and Pressburgers most popular films so it should be fun.

luke higham said...

Louis: You've yet to highlight '69 supporting on the sidebar.

GetDonaldSutherlandAnOscar said...

RatedRStar: Have you seen The Wolf Man and if so what did you think of Claude Rains' performance, I'll admit I quite loved seeing him not as the villain for once, so to speak.

RatedRStar said...

@Donald: a Claude Rains movie, of course I have seen it =D lol I liked him too he brought power and actual conviction to the fatherly role, which really could have been a throwaway role.

Michael McCarthy said...

Louis, are you considering reviewing Dustin Hoffman in Marathon Man for 1976 Lead? If not, can I have your ratings and thoughts?

RatedRStar said...

I was quite surprised by how much I liked Dustin Hoffman in Marathon Man since before I saw the film I expected it to be an overblown thriller with one great villain and thats it.

Michael Patison said...

I too was rather surprised by Hoffman, but I didn't think he was super great or anything. I also expected the film to be overblown, but instead I was just bored during the first half and was really into the second half.

John Smith said...

Could you do a bonus review for Bill Murray in Broken Flowers?

luke higham said...

Saw Furious 7. I thought it was enjoyable enough, the last act was a bit of a bore, although the final monologue was quite touching in tribute to Paul Walker.
Vin Diesel - 3.5 (Was a 3 until the final monologue)
Paul Walker - 3
Dwayne Johnson - 2.5 (His role was reduced and didn't make much of an impact for me)
Kurt Russell - 3.5 (My favourite of the cast)
Tyrese Gibson - 3 (leaning towards a 3.5)
Jason Statham - 3
Michelle Rodriguez - 2.5

Matt Mustin said...

luke: How much is Kurt Russell actually in it?

luke higham said...

Matt Mustin: A Good Amount.

I forgot about Djimon Hounsou, I'd give him a 2.5, leaning towards a 3.

Louis Morgan said...


Duvall - 4(Once again the guy playing Lucky Ned is best in show but I imagine if Barry Pepper and Duvall played Laboeuf instead that wouldn't be the case. Anyway Duvall's really quite good in the role as he makes Ned surprisingly sympathetic not only in his somberness about needing a good judge more than anything, but as well as he shows him to have genuinely compassionate streak while still being menacing)

Hopper - 3.5 very short performance but he's pretty good in honestly realizing the fear and repentance of his character)

Campbell - 1.5(Damon was a major upgrade and I really don't care much for Damon. He's just plays the part a bit too goofy and corny)


Beck - 4(He's easily the MVP of the film as his straight forward and extremely hard boiled narration sell so many jokes. Particularly when he lists off the crimes of a man where the first two are straight forward but the last is for marrying a horse)

Bozzuffi - 4(Technically a minor role in that he just plays one of the assassins but Bozzuffi gives such an exuberant life to the role. Bozzuffi realizes this assassin as a man and is especially good in the scene where he goes around boasting about his accomplishment to a reporter friend)

Buttons - 4(Everyone is desperate in someway in the film and Buttons is quite good in his place by staying as a particularly optimistic spot in the film. He still exudes the character's problems but always shows him to be a man who still looks for the better things in life still. This makes all the disconcerting in his final moments)

Brennan - 3.5(An entertaining comic rendition of his performance in My Darling Clementine. He kinda does not alter his performance at all from there and that's what makes him so funny when he does strange things for the tough cattle baron type)

Dern - Support Your Local Sheriff! - 3.5(Dern subverts his usual wild card tough guy approach rather while as he becomes increasingly hapless throughout the film)

Savalas - 3.5(He does his Blofeld as you'd expect Savalas to play the part as he's particularly down to earth and not particularly mysterious in the role. That's fine though because he's entertaining while being menacing enough, plus he overshadows every step of the way although that's not much of an accomplishment here)

Griem - 3.5(The best of the cast I felt as probably because he was the most consistent. He was appropriately evil in his ice cold demeanor, and I particularly liked his devious reactions when watching the others fall apart)

Noiret - 3.5(An enjoyable performance as he really plays the part as essentially a murderous Maitre d keeping his pleasant manner as he tries to kill Reed's character)

Dern - They Shoot Horses Don't They? - 3(He doesn't get to do much but he portrays his character's particular sort of desperation rather well)

Meredith - 3(A nice bit of narration from him as he infuses in it a very lived in feeling about it)

Stephens - 3(He does the slimy artist well enough although again he's overshadowed by the women)

Jackson - 2.5(He's okay at being the consistently hesitant man but the film is all about the ladies)

Graves - 1(It's just some bad overacting that's not the least bit funny)


It's an enjoyable enough film. Nothing great, but I'd recommend it.

Michael McCarthy:

Hoffman's in consideration for that year still.


Rigg - 3.5(She's a lovely presence as usual and is quite charming as the spunky journalist here)

Savalas - 3(He's good but I think he actually could have played up the part a bit up. After all he's flying a giant blimp to blow up a castle at the end of the film. There's no reason to go subtle)