Saturday, 3 October 2015

Alternate Best Supporting Actor 1940: Results

5. George Sanders in Foreign Correspondent - Sanders gives a very entertaining performance that finds just the right tone to both lighten the mood while still bringing the needed gravity for the thriller.

Best Scene: ffolliott saves Van Meer.
4. Frank Morgan in The Shop Around the Corner - Morgan gives a funny but also surprisingly nuanced depiction of a man whose vulnerabilities slowly get the better of him.

Best Scene: Matuschek apologizes to Alfred.
3. Herbert Marshall in Foreign Correspondent - Marshall gives a very effective performance that realizes the twist involving his character, but also never allows this to simplify his character. 

Best Scene: Fisher goes to see the captured Van Meer. 
2. George Sanders in Rebecca - Sanders gives a great performance by being just so enjoyably despicable as his selfish and vapid character.

Best Scene: Favell tries to blackmail Maxim. 
1. John Carradine in The Grapes of Wrath - I must not that this again is a year where I could go with any of my top four in any order. At the moment though my winner is John Carradine for his especially compelling and moving depiction of a former preacher attempting to find the truth again.

Best Scene: Tom meets Casy again. 
Overall Rank:
  1. John Carradine in The Grapes of Wrath
  2. Walter Brennan in The Westerner
  3. George Sanders in Rebecca
  4. Herbert Marshall in Foreign Correspondent
  5. Frank Morgan in The Shop Around the Corner
  6. George Sanders in Foreign Correspondent
  7. John Qualen in The Grapes of Wrath
  8. Joseph Schildkraut in The Shop Around the Corner 
  9. Walter Catlett in Pinocchio
  10. Cliff Edwards in Pinocchio 
  11. Donald Crisp in Brother Orchid 
  12. Edmund Gwenn in Foreign Correspondent
  13. Frank Morgan in The Mortal Storm
  14. Russell Simpson in The Grapes of Wrath
  15. Ralph Bellamy in His Girl Friday
  16. Edmund Gwenn in Pride and Prejudice
  17. Robert Benchley in Foreign Correspondent 
  18. Akim Tamiroff in The Great McGinty
  19. Emlyn Williams in The Stars Look Down
  20. Basil Rathbone in the Mark of Zorro 
  21. Edward Rigby in The Stars Look Down
  22. William Demarest in The Great McGinty
  23. Christian Rub in Pinocchio 
  24. Hay Petrie in Contraband
  25. Eugene Pallette in The Mark of Zorro
  26. Shemp Howard in The Bank Dick 
  27. Ralph Bellamy in Brother Orchid
  28. John Qualen in His Girl Friday
  29. Thomas Mitchell in Our Town
  30. Albert Bassermann in Foreign Correspondent
  31. Randolph Scott in My Favorite Wife
  32. John Carradine in The Return of Frank James
  33. Claude Rains in The Sea Hawk 
  34. Humphrey Bogart in Brother Orchid
  35. Felix Bressart in The Shop Around The Corner
  36. James Stephenson in The Letter
  37. Henry Daniell in The Great Dictator 
  38. Frankie Darro in Pinocchio
  39. Leo G. Carroll in Rebecca
  40. Herbert Marshall in The Letter
  41. Charley Grapewin in The Grapes of Wrath 
  42. Melville Cooper in Pride and Prejudice
  43. Charles Judels in Pinocchio
  44. Henry Daniell in The Sea Hawk
  45. Jack Oakie in The Great Dictator 
  46. Roland Young in The Philadelphia Story
  47. Paul Hurst in The Westerner
  48. C. Aubrey Smith in Rebecca
  49. John Halliday in The Philadelphia Story 
  50. J. Edward Bromberg in The Mark of Zorro
  51.  Nigel Bruce in Rebecca
  52. Bela Lugosi in Black Friday
  53. Jackie Cooper in The Return of Frank James
  54. Guy Kibbee in Our Town
  55. Reginald Gardiner in The Great Dictator
  56. Gene Lockhart in Abe Lincoln in Illinois
  57. Reginald Denny in Rebecca
  58. William Tracy in The Shop Around the Corner
  59. Harry Davenport in Foreign Correspondent
  60. William Tracy in Strike Up The Band
  61. John Howard in The Philadelphia Story
  62. Harry Carey in They Knew What They Wanted 
  63. Edward Ashley-Cooper in Pride and Prejudice
  64. Fred Stone in The Westerner
  65. William Gargan in They Knew What They Wanted
  66. Robert Young in The Mortal Storm
  67. Robert Stack in The Mortal Storm
  68. William T. Orr in The Mortal Storm
Next Year: 1995 Lead

47 comments:

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Ratings & Thoughts on the rest of your top 11.

Morgan Freeman - Seven
Ian McKellen - Richard III
Ethan Hawke - Before Sunrise
Jonathan Pryce - Carrington
Bruce Willis - Twelve Monkeys or James Earl Jones - Cry, The Beloved Country

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Any changes to your Female Top 5s for 1940.

Michael McCarthy said...

*pukes rainbows*

Michael McCarthy said...

James Earl Jones-Cry, the Beloved Country
Ian McKellen-Richard III
Morgan Freeman-Se7en
Laurence Fishburne & Kenneth Branagh-Othello
Ethan Hawke-Before Sunrise

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Save Branagh for the bonus rounds.

Anonymous said...

Ian McKellen- Richard III
Morgan Freeman- Se7en
Jonathan Pryce- Carrington
Bruce Willis- Twelve Monkeys
Ethan Hawke- Before Sunrise:
Ratings and thoughts on:
Bela Lugosi in Black Friday
Robert Young in Crossfire and The Mortal Storm
Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra
Finally, what are your thoughts on Rex Harrison as an actor?

GM said...

Daniel Emilfork - The City of Lost Children
Götz George - The Deathmaker
Ethan Hawke - Before Sunrise
Ian McKellen - Richard III
Jonathan Pryce - Carrington
Morgan Freeman - Seven
John Travolta - Get Shorty
Kevin Spacey - Swimming with Sharks
Clint Eastwood - The Bridges of Madison County

Anyone can tell me if Louis consider Spacey lead or supporting in The Usual Suspects?

Robert MacFarlane said...

Ethan Hawke in Before Sunrise
Morgan Freeman in Se7en
Jonathan Pryce in Carrington
Ian McKellen in Richard III
Kenneth Branagh in Othello

L Rime said...

I've been waiting for 1995 for a long time. Lol. About time.

Anonymous said...

GM: Supporting.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Can you review 7 performances for 1995 Lead. :)
Freeman
McKellen
Jones
Willis
Hawke
Pryce
Branagh

omar! said...

Please review Deniro in lead, Pesci and Woods in supporting from Casino

Luke Higham said...

Omar!: Louis isn't particularly enthusiastic about Casino, so that's unlikely.

Luke Higham said...

Omar! He might review Pesci, but don't get your hopes up.

L Rime said...

Kind of curious what he thinks about Willis in 12 Monkeys. Solid enough film, but Willis was sort of impressive. Of course, I'm really curious about his thoughts Hawke. Speaking of him though, have any of you seen Tape? You could make a pretty good argument that it's his best performance.

omar! said...

Luke: oh,!i thought the whole cast was fantastic and The movie too

Robert MacFarlane said...

@L Rime: I've seen bits of Tape. Hawke is jittery, but justifiably. Though I'm pretty adamant about Boyhood being his career best thanks to the subtle touches he brings plus the use of his usual laid back persona.

Anonymous said...

Brad Pitt - Se7en
Morgan Freeman - Se7en
Robert De Niro - Casino

L Rime said...

Robert:

I think Hawke is brilliant in Tape and really delved into that character in ways I wasn't sure he'd be capable of, at least at the time I first saw it. It's a pretty complete performance.

Regardless, I think it's tough to pick a definitive Hawke performance. He's been incredibly consistent over the years.

Michael Patison said...

Kevin Bacon in Murder in the First
Jean-Paul Belmondo in Les Miserables
Ralph Fiennes in Strange Days
Morgan Freeman in Se7en
Ethan Hawke in Before Sunrise
James Earl Jones in Cry, the Beloved Country
Jonathan Pryce in Carrington (I believe this was a request)

RatedRStar said...

Ian McKellen - Richard III
Morgan Freeman - Se7en
Ethan Hawke - Before Sunrise
Gene Hackman - Crimson Tide
Jonathan Pryce - Carrington

Anonymous said...

Can you please do Hackman for Get Shorty in supporting?

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: I think he will.

RatedRStar said...

Louis Morgannnn lol, what do you think you are doing, a certain nominee in this ranking has a recieved a rather low score, you know exactly who, WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS...... =)

RatedRStar said...

I will say that even though I am not a huge fan of Braveheart, I still found Mel Gibson carried the film on his back as well as he could have =).

Michael McCarthy said...

Just thought of two more suggestions:

F. Murray Abraham-Dillinger and Capone
Steve Buscemi-Living in Oblivion

Maciej said...

1. Jonathan Pryce - Carrington
2. Ian McKellen - Richard III

(These two were indeed my requests - a great year for acting, too bad all the right performances were snubbed by the Academy. Fortunately, there's Louis and his blog to set things straight)

3.Morgan Freeman/Brad Pitt - Se7en (the latter does not seem to be getting much suggestions, but I still think he was really good, especially in his final scene)
4.Robert De Niro - Casino (Indeed, Louis is not a fan of the film, but De Niro is pretty good here, and his scenes with Sharon Stone are just terrific)
5.Ethan Hawke - Before Sunrise

Anonymous said...

Johns Smith:

OMFG here are my requests:

Johan Widerberg/All Things Fair
Johan Widerberg/All Things Fair
Johan Wideberg/All Things Fair
Johan Widerberg/All Things Fair
Johan Widerberg/All Things Fair

Others:

Ethan Hawke/Before Sunrise
Pacino And De Niro/Heat
De Niro/Casino
Jonathan Pryce/Carrington
Tom Hanks/Appolo 13
Clint Eastwood/Bridges Of Madison County (It is not "that" bad lol)
Denzel Washington/DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS
Leo Fitzpatrick/Kids
Peter Greene)/Clean,Shaven (My second favorite performance mentioned in this post)


Louis please review Johan Widerberg in All Things Fair, it is a performance that has really inspired me as an actor!

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Qualen - 4(He's best known for his pretty goofy roles in films like His Girl Friday and his usual appearances in Ford's film. Here he has basically a short of film of his own, and actually gives quite the haunting depiction of a man who has basically become broken by his past. It's moving work as in the past scenes Qualen presents just a simple farmer trying to understand what's going on, and then in the present depicts basically a ghost)

Catlett - 3.5(His voice work is enjoyably sleazy while still being charismatic as well. Always thought Honest John was a rather underrated Disney villain, although maybe that's because Pinocchio has so many, but his voice perfectly exemplifies the con man style)

Edwards - 3.5(Classic and iconic work really especially that delivery of When you Wish Upon a Star. Edwards though does bring Jiminy Cricket to life being a particularly endearing and just right for the story's literal conscience)

Crisp - 3.5(Crip is very good at just exuding the right quiet dignity for his character, and you never question the innate goodness of the monk. What I love though is the scene where he reveals his own indiscretions to Robinson's character, as he makes it such an believable and genuinely moving moment)

Anonymous:

Lugosi - 2.5(Very miscast as an American gangster, and no Lugosi does not attempt an accent. It just seems strange, he's not bad in the role, the man knows how to exude menace, but he still feels out of place)

Young - Crossfire - 2.5(Young does not make anything particularly dynamic out of his investigator, and he's mostly just there mainly overshadowed by the two other Roberts. He also must deliver the most obvious speech in the film, which he's handles okay, better than Peck in Gentleman's agreement anyway, but still there's nothing noteworthy about his work.)

Young - 2(The worst part of the Mortal Storm, which was a film I liked, was the performances of the majority of Nazis Young included. Young and the others overplay it a bit feeling a bit too one dimensional at times, which just undercutting the menace that is actually created rather well by the film's direction.)

Taylor - 2(Any one not named Roddy McDowall feels a bit off in this film, Taylor included. For playing Cleopatra she does not have the extreme charisma one would expect, and also lacks the seductive quality beyond just her own attractiveness which leaves her oddly muted at times. In addition to that some of her big dramatic moments, such as her reaction to a vision of death, just comes off as ridiculous)

From what I've seen it seemed like he mostly coasted on his charisma which in itself was a bit of a slippery slope that could either be genuinely charming or a tad abrasive. The only performances of his that I saw him stretch past this are The Agony and the Ecstasy and Cleopatra. One did not turn out well, and the other had similair awkward moments though there were moments that seemed to suggest the potential for more.

GM:

I consider Spacey lead.

RatedRStar:

Have you seen The Sea Hawk? Rains just does not have much of a part, he's still good though.

RatedRStar said...

Louis: Yes I have seen it I was only messing with you as I often do =D lol, its a shame though I think this is his second lowest rating behind Four Daughters which was a terrible film and Rains was given fuck all to do so its not nice to hear even if it is true lol.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Can you repost the ratings for Spacek in Get Low and Winters in A Double Life?

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: Spacek - 4.5 Winters - 4

Robert MacFarlane said...

Just got back from Sicario. Kind of on the fence on the film itself, but DAMN Del Toro is on point. Keep him on tap, Louis, nominated or not.

Luke Higham said...

Robert: Ratings for Del Toro and Blunt.

Michael McCarthy said...

Luke: Robert's taking a break from rating performances.

Luke Higham said...

Michael: Ok. :)

Robert MacFarlane said...

Yeah, I've come around to Psifonian's philosophy on ratings. They're kinda arbitrary, plus it's hard for me to keep track of them.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: If you are seeing The Martian tomorrow or have seen it today, then could I have your ratings & thoughts on the cast, as well as your thoughts on the film.

RatedRStar said...

Whats with the Joaquin Phoenix memes? I mean honestly lol.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Joaquin is Love. Joaquin is Life.

Psifonian said...

Freeman, McKellen, Gibson, Willis, Neill.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

I'm seeing it tomorrow.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: :)

Calvin Law said...

Ian McKellen - Richard III
James Earl Jones - Cry, The Beloved Country

ruthiehenshallfan99 said...

Now I have to watch The Grapes of Wrath again, because I honestly don't remember Carradine. Also, a Fun fact about Robert Young. He had previously been Margaret Sullavan's co-star in Three Comrades, along with Franchot Tone and Robert Taylor (who always seems to give a better performance when he is with a strong female co-star (Sullavan, Vivien Leigh in Waterloo Bridge, and Greta Garbo in Camille ).

Anonymous said...

Hey Louis, what are your rating and thoughts of Joaquin Phoenix's performance in "The Immigrant"?

Anonymous said...

I've seen Sicario and I found it pretty great. It definitely deserves a nomination for Best Original Screenplay, and both Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro are terrific.
Off topic, but, Louis, what are your ratings and thoughts on Anita Louise and Gladys George in Marie Antoinette?