Monday, 19 December 2016

Alternate Best Actor 1993

And the Nominees Were Not:

Daniel Day-Lewis in The Age of Innocence

Anthony Wong in The Untold Story

Anthony Hopkins in Shadowlands

Jesse Bradford in King of the Hill

Leslie Cheung in Farewell My Concubine
And finally a review of:

Jeff Daniels in Gettysburg

100 comments:

Luke Higham said...

1. Hopkins
2. Day-Lewis
3. Cheung
4. Bradford
5. Wong

Robert MacFarlane said...

1. Hopkins
2. Day-Lewis
3. Bradford
4. Cheung
5. Wong

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Films to watch.
Much Ado About Nothing
A Bronx Tale
Army Of Darkness
M. Butterfly
Three Colours: Blue
Cronos
Cool Runnings
Benny And Joon
The Secret Garden
Alive

Calvin Law said...

Actually,


1. Hopkins
2. Day-Lewis
3. Bradford
4. Wong
5. Cheung

Luke Higham said...

Louis: And This Boy's Life.

Anonymous said...

Varun Neermul:

1.Lewis
2.Wong
3.Hopkins
4.Bradford
5.Cheung

Anonymous said...

Varun Neermul: Louis, your top 10 Leonardo Dicaprio acting momenst and your top 10 Brad Pitt acting moments.

Alex Marqués said...

1.Hopkins
2.Lewis
3.Bradford
4.Wong
5.Cheung

Maciej said...

1. Hopkins
2. Day-Lewis
3. Cheung
4. Bradford
5. Wong

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Could you also watch Nicolas Cage in Deadfall.

Charles Heiston said...

Mine -

1. Cheung
2. Day-Lewis
3. Hopkins
4. Wong
5. Bradford

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your rating and thoughts on Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus.

Michael McCarthy said...

Louis, would you place Lucas Hedges in lead or supporting for Manchester by the Sea? Because I thought he might be another case of category fraud when I saw the trailer, but I saw it yesterday and thought he leaned more towards supporting than I was expecting.

Luke Higham said...

Michael McCarthy: Your ratings for Affleck and Hedges.

Michael McCarthy said...

5 for Affleck, 4.5 for Hedges.

Anonymous said...

1. Hopkins
2. Day-Lewis
3. Bradford
4. Wong
5. Cheung
Louis: Your top ten acting scenes from Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster and Edward G. Robinson.

RatedRStar said...

Assassins Creed is only on 22% on Rotten Tomatoes, such a shame to see Fassbender, Cotilard, Gleeson, Rampling, Irons and a usually good director Kurzel in a poorly reviewed film.

Ive seen Wong and Cheung of course being the HK slut that I am =D I reckon Wong and Cheung might get the same rating, Wong may edge it though because he is just so disgusting, you cannot take your eyes off him.

1.Hopkins
2.Lewis
3.Bradford
4.Wong
5.Cheung

Luke Higham said...

Hangs head in shame. Why the fuck did I get my hopes up for this.

RatedRStar said...

Louis: Its interesting that Anthony Wong was ill during Beast Cops because he doesnt look much healthier here in The Untold Story although that works to his advantage lol, even though he was only 33 years old lol. There was a pretty amusing interview with Wong when he promoted Beast Cops basically it was

Interviewer: "What was it like working with Sam Lee"

Wong: "Haha he is a funny guy, he always stoned =)

Michael McCarthy said...

I have to say, Wong is probably the HK actor who's work I'm most interested in seeing. He surprised the hell out if me when I finally saw Beast Cops, he's dangerously close to being my win over Gleeson for that year.

Anonymous said...

RatedRStar: I'm not surprised that Assassins' Creed got negative reviews. Movie adaptations of video games just don't work, not even cartoon (I'm looking at you Darkstalkers) or anime adaptations (with some exceptions).

RatedRStar said...

Michael McCarthy: Anthony Wong is a very interesting man in general I mean like he is a punk rock singer in his spare time lol, I think Anthony Wong can and has given bad performances in films but most of the time he is always good to great =D.

Calvin Law said...

Wong is fine in general but I much prefer the likes of a Lau Ching-Wan in general. He is fantastic in The Mission and Beast Cops though.

RatedRStar said...

Calvin: Of course I love Lau Ching Wan I was desperate to get him on this blog at any cost lol, I would say Wong is one of HKs best, certainly on the upper tier of good Hong Kong actors, there arent many of them really when you look at all the Hong Kong Actors lol.

RatedRStar said...

I always like to think whenever I request or vote for a Hong Kong performance that I tend to be very cautious and careful to make sure that it is definitely a good performance.

RatedRStar said...

Then I realise that I requested Daniel Wu =) lol we all make mistakes.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Will do.

Varun:

DiCaprio:

1. Lemmon Quaaludes 714 - The Wolf of Wall Street
2. Selling the penny stocks - The Wolf of Wall Street
3. Showing his men how to make a sale - The Wolf of Wall Street
4. The Yacht - The Wolf of Wall Street
5. I.P.O - The Wolf of Wall Street
6. Billy's first visit to the Psychiatrist - The Departed
7. Finding his son - The Revenant
8. Billy confronts Colin - The Departed
9. Dinner at Candie's - Django Unchained
10. Arnie finds his mother - What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Pitt:

1. The Assassination - The Assassination of Jesse James
2. You ever thought about suicide - The Assassination of Jesse James
3. Mr. O'Brien Apologizes - The Tree of Life
4. Meeting with Osbourne Cox - Burn After Reading
5. Going to see Ed - The Assassination of Jesse James
6. Talking about his shooting - Seven
7. Teaching the kids how to fight - The Tree of Life
8. The Train Robbery - The Assassination of Jesse James
9. John Doe appears - Seven
10. Calling Osbourne Cox - Burn After Reading


RatedRStar:

Mortal Kombat continues to reign supreme, I guess. Although I did not have any real expectations, I thought there would be problems when they decided to retain the framing device.

Michael:

Hedges is definitely supporting to me.

Anonymous:

Kirk Douglas:

1. Turning down the promotion - Paths of Glory
2. The suicide - Lust for Life
3. The Trial - Path of Glory
4. The final scene - Lust for Life
5. Chuck has a change of heart - Ace in the Hole
6. The Ending - Champion
7. Final fight with Gauguin - Lust for Life
8. "I'm Spartacus" - Spartacus
9. The Slap - Ace in the Hole
10. Midge goes full heel - Champion

Burt Lancaster:

1. Hunsecker's introduction - Sweet Smell of Success
2. Elmer's baseball preaching - Elmer Gantry
3. Hunsecker "helps" the musician - Sweet Smell of Success
4. Showdown at the end - The Train
5. Elmer takes down the press - Elmer Gantry
6. Moonlight's intro - Field of Dreams
7. Hunsecker turns on Sidney - Sweet Smell of Success
8. The Judge's deposition - Judgment at Nuremberg
9. Final Fight - The Professionals
10. Facing off with the president - Seven Days in May

Edward G. Robinson:

1. All in a nice little package - Double Indemnity
2. His final scene Soylent Green - Soylent Green
3. Is this the end of Rico? - Little Caesar
4. Listing off types of deaths - Double Indemnity
5. The Captain breaks down - The Sea Wolf
6. "Closer than that Walter" - Double Indemnity
7. Rico fails to kill - Little Caesar
8. The Captain realizes he's gone too far - The Sea Wolf
9. The Haunting - Scarlet Street
10. "Except in a pine box" - Little Caesar

JackiBoyz said...

1.Hopkins
2.Lewis
3.Bradford
4.Cheung
5.Wong

RatedRStar said...

Louis: I think Mortal Kombat is actually ok as a movie, it is fairly faithful to the first game with the exact same characters appearing which is about as good as one can get =D and the Mortal Kombat theme is still amazing to listen 2 lol, the actors do try as well I feel especially Lambert =D.

Anonymous said...

Louis: What are your thoughts on the X-Men episode Repo Man?

RatedRStar said...

I will cry so much when Kirk Douglas moves on, such a legend =D.

Matt Mustin said...

Louis, if you're not sick of doing these, can I get your top 10 acting scenes for Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman?

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

1. Hopkins
2. Day-Lewis
3. Bradford
4. Cheung
5. Wong
Louis: Can you please watch Baazigar, and if anyone from this lineup is below a 3.5 (which I know is very unlikely, but still), and if you feel Shahrukh Khan's performance is worth a 4 or more, can you review his work instead?

Michael McCarthy said...

Hmmmmm nothing from The Aviator in DiCaprio's Top 10 huh? Interesting...

*cough cough* downgrade *cough*

Matt Mustin said...

Michael: I mean, there was nothing from Shame in Fassbender's top 10 and he still gives that performance a 5.

Luke Higham said...

Matt: I think his favourite scene from that performance was the dinner he had with Nicole Beharie's character.

Robert MacFarlane said...

@Michael: If you saw Rules Don't Apply, your complaints about DiCaprio in The Aviator would vanish entirely.

Luke Higham said...

Matt: I also think that these lists, are more about the acting and the directing going hand in hand with each other and Louis wasn't a fan of McQueen's direction in Shame.

Matt Mustin said...

Luke: Okay, I don't know what point you're trying to make but my point was that DiCaprio's not necessarily gonna get downgraded just because he didn't make the top 10.

Michael McCarthy said...

Robert: I doubt it. Rules Don't Apply seems like a completely different type of film from The Aviator, and Beatty seems to be going for an entirely different type of performance. No matter how bad he is, I can't imagine it affecting my feelings towards DiCaprio's work one way or the other.

Michael McCarthy said...

Matt: I get that, I'm just trying to make it happen regardless.

Luke Higham said...

Matt: What I really meant was that the performance and the direction work in perfect tandem to create a very effective scene.

Matt Mustin said...

Luke: And I agree. I don't really understand what happened here...

Robert MacFarlane said...

@Michael: You would think, but watching RDA I was taken aback at how Beatty seemed to flip flop back and fourth between how he wanted to interpret Hughes in terms of tone. As a result, I ended up appreciating what DiCaprio was going for more I hindsight.

Matt Mustin said...

Oh hey, David Thewlis is joining the cast of Fargo, so that's amazing.

Deiner said...

Louis: this is off topic but do you think you can watch Ruby in Paradise as well? I would love to read your thoughts on Ashley Judd's performance, one of my favorites from that year.

Deiner said...

Oh, I forgot my predictions!
1 - Day-Lewis
2 - Hopkins
3 - Cheung
4 - Wong
5 - Bradford

mcofra7 said...

1. Day-Lewis
2.Hopkins
3. Cheung
4. Bradford
5.Wong

94dfk1 said...

Luke (Re: Assassin's Creed): Don't worry. I too was looking forward to it, at least in a curious way. What a waste of such talent :(

RatedRStar said...

I personally wouldnt downgrade DiCaprio but ah well lol.

RatedRStar said...

DiCaprio losing his original win that Louis gave him was probably downgrade enough lol.

Varun Neermul said...

'The End Of The Tour' has one of tightest screenplays ever.

BRAZINTERMA Prêmio Fictício said...

I doubt that one of these guys (that all or even Bradford) overthrew Jeff Daniels. As William Holden (Stalag 17) put it, "does anyone else want to bet?"

My ranking is:
5-Wong
4-Cheung
3-Hopkins
2-Day-Lewis
1-Bradford

Luke Higham said...

Louis: On your Nominations page, you forgot to fix Alec Guinness. TLHM #4 TMITWS #8

Varun Neermul said...

Tahmeed: Have you seen 'Dil Chatha Hai'

Charles Heiston said...

Louis, Your top 5 favorite Daniel Day-Lewis performances?

Luke Higham said...

Charles: Louis' list.
1. My Left Foot
2. There Will Be Blood
3. Lincoln
4. A Room With A View
5. My Beautiful Laundrette

Charles Heiston said...

Luke, Thanks, But i'm sure Day-Lewis for Age of Innocence is getting on there soon.

Luke Higham said...

Charles: At least an incredibly strong 4.5, but we'll see.

Varun Neermul said...

Foxx is terrible in 'Ray'... How could he win an Oscar?

Varun Neermul said...

Louis, what's your rating and thoughts on he actor who plays Ray as young? I think the kid is better then Foxx.

RatedRStar said...

Varun: Good campaigning and playing a real person probably did it, plus he wasn't against a particularly competitive lineup, only Leo had an outside chance of winning.

Alex Marqués said...

I don't think Foxx was that bad, especially when he portrays the musical performances.

RatedRStar said...

Whats worse is that the gang on this blog seem to be the only ones that do dislike Foxx in Ray, public opinion is overwhelmingly positive on Foxx in Ray which, I just feel that Foxx takes the too easy option of playing Ray with some painful impressions.

Varun Neermul said...

He comes off as a parody of Ray. Something that could be shown on SNL.

Charles Heiston said...

Jamie Foxx in Ray is the same as his Jamie Foxx Show work.

Charles Heiston said...

Overall a cringey, joke of a performance,

Varun Neermul said...

At least Regina King is very good in 'Ray'. Best part of the film.

Louis, your rating and thoughts on Regina King in 'Ray'.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Varun: I've seen Dil Chahta Hai a very long time ago. All I do remember is that Aamir Khan was very good in it. I need a rewatch, to be honest.

Calvin Law said...

Foxx is fine in Ray, nothing amazing but I personally think it's one of his best performances. Cheadle should have won though, most certainly.

94dfk1 said...

Foxx stood out like a sore thumb in Ray. Kind of like Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight, which is even worse in Foxx's case since he's the lead of the movie.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

I saw Hotel Rwanda a few days ago, and I was amazed by Cheadle's work. He's easily a 5 for me, and he's my #2 of 2004 behind Jim Carrey's phenomenal performance in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Louis Morgan said...

Deiner:

Sure.

Varun:

I'd agree King was good though her character almost seems comically like an afterthought, not to mention she has to attempt to give any reality to the creation of "hit the road jack" scene which is a pretty atrocious scene. I'll give her credit she keeps her head up best she can though. I wish that relationship had been developed more since King certainly tries.

Anonymous:

I've seen the episode but not in a very long time. I can't really remember it.

Tahmeed:

I'll try.

Matt:

Michael Caine:

1. Watching the porno - Get Carter
2. Danny's Exit - The Man Who Would Be King
3. After the Abortion - Alfie
4. The final kill - Get Carter
5. The Epilogue - The Man Who Would Be King
6. Jasper says goodbye - Children of Men
7. "A Thankful Heart" - Muppets Christmas Carol
8. Dying in a clown mask - Sleuth
9. Carter meets Brumby - Get Carter
10. Mortwell's final scene - Mona Lisa

Morgan Freeman:

1. The Box - Seven
2. Which eye? - Street Smart
3. Rehabilitated - The Shawshank Redemption
4. Spoil that kid - Seven
5. Fast Black at a party - Street Smart
6. Ned Can't Shoot - Unforgiven
7. Mozart Narration - The Shawshank Redemption
8. Sloth - Seven
9. "Just Looking" - Driving Miss Daisy
10. Kicking out the kids - Lean on Me

Calvin Law said...

Tahmeed: Cheadle is amazing and he'd be my win in almost any other year that decade. Unfortunately it was also the year of Bruno Ganz and Tom Cruise.

94dfk1 said...

Louis: Speaking of Collateral, your cast and director for a 1990s and 2010s Collateral?

Louis Morgan said...

94dk1:

90's directed by John McTiernan:

Max: Steve Buscemi
Vincent: Kurt Russell
Annie: Virginia Madsen
Ray:John Turturro
Daniel: Isaac Hayes
Felix: Viggo Mortensen

2010's directed by Kim Ji-Woon:

Max: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Vincent: Byung-hun Lee
Annie: Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Ray: Edgar Ramirez
Daniel: Wendell Pierce
Felix: Gael Garcia Bernal

94dfk1 said...

Thanks! Some pretty unique choices for the 90s version. McTiernan would have done a great job as well, considering Die Hard and whatnot. The 2010s version also would've been something else.

Anonymous said...

Louis: If It's a Wonderful Life had been remade in the 50's, who would you have chosen for the part of George Bailey?

Calvin Law said...

Saw Hacksaw Ridge. Let's just say I thought it was a combination of Mr Smith Goes to Washington and Paths of Glory, with Garfield going full on Jimmy Stewart in the early scenes and Jim Caviezel in the latter ones.

In other words, I loved it. Extended thoughts soon to come.

Garfield - 5
Weaving - 4.5
Palmer - 3.5
Bracey - 4.5
Vaughn - 3.5
Worthington - 4
Griffiths - 3
Everyone else - collective 3 to 3.5

Varun Neermul said...

Louis, your top 10 Marlon Brando acting moments?

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

I honestly cannot envision anyone else in the role of George Bailey besides Stewart. It is such quintessential Stewart in everyway imaginable, and there's a reason it is in my top five leading actor performances of all time. Only Stewart could pull it off.

Calvin:

Glad to hear you really took to it.

Varun:

1. "Could've been a contender" - On the Waterfront
2. The rape - A Streetcar Named Desire
3. "Honorable Men" - Julius Caesar
4. Confronting Friendly - On the Waterfront
5. Learning about Sonny - The Godfather
6. "Stella" - A Streetcar Named Desire
7. An errand boy - Apocalypse Now
8. Confessing to Edie - On the Waterfront
9. The opening - The Godfather
10. Finding his brother - On the Waterfront

Calvin Law said...

That's a fantastic choice of scenes for Brando. And yeah, I'd say HR is right up there in my top 10 of the decade already. Speaking of which who would you have picked in Vaughn's role? Because while I understand some of your reservations I thought he was perfectly cast (and I thought he looked awful in the trailers).

Calvin Law said...

Also, for that 2010s version of Collateral, should it be Choi Min-Sik cameoing in the Jason Statham equivalent?

My 2010s Leon the Professional directed by Kim Ji-Woon
Leon: Lee Byung-Hun
Matilda: Angourie Rice
Stansfield: Warren Oates

Calvin Law said...

*Walton Goggins

Robert MacFarlane said...

I actually had a conversation with someone yesterday about how I wanted Lee Byung-hun to play Roy Mustang if they ever make an Englsih language Fullmetal Alchemist movie.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

Well for Vaughn, again I did like him, but maybe Bobby Cannavale who I feel could still keep that comedic energy yet bring a bit more intensity.

And yes Min-sik in the cameo role would be perfect.

Anonymous said...

Louis what would the rest of your wins be for 1951?

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

Director: Alfred Hitchcock - Strangers on a Train
Production Design: The Tales of Hoffmann
Sound Editing: Ace in the Hole
Sound Mixing: Strangers on a Train
Score: Scrooge
Editing: Strangers on a Train
Visual Effects: Scrooge
Costume Design: The Tales of Hoffmann
Cinematography: Strangers on a Train
Makeup and Hairstyling: The Tales of Hoffmann
Original Screenplay: Ace in the Hole
Adapted Screenplay: Strangers on a Train
Song: "The Cool Cool of the Evening" - Here Comes the Groom

Anonymous said...

Robert: You think a movie adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist could work?

Charles Heiston said...

Louis, Your top 10 Richard Attenborough acting moments?

Varun Neermul said...

Louis, your top 10 Joe Pesci acting moments?

Robert MacFarlane said...

@Anonymous: Yes, but only if the adapted the 2003 series. The manga/Brotherhood doesn't lend itself to adaptation like that series does. Easier to condense into two or three movies and keep the plot and characterization.

94dfk1 said...

With all the talk about who the Best Actor nominations will look like, what does everyone think the Best Picture nominations will be?

Charles Heiston said...

94dfk1, Here's what i think -

“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Lion”
“Manchester by the Sea” (winner)
“Moonlight”
"Loving"
"La La Land"
"Fences"

Michael McCarthy said...

Still haven't finished Farewell My Concubine but I'll put in predictions anyway.

1. Anthony Hopkins (WOW I was surprised how good he was. I wouldn't mind if he took the overall.)
2. Leslie Cheung
3. Daniel Day-Lewis (Fascinatingly magnetic for one of his "subtle" performances.)
4. Jesse Bradford
5. Anthony Wong (Wasn't a fan of the film but he at least matched the tone effectively.)

Luke Higham said...

Michael McCarthy: Your ratings and thoughts on the lineup.

Varun Neermul said...

Changing my predictions.

1.Lewis
2.Hopkins
3.Wong
4.Bradford
5.Cheung

Michael McCarthy said...

Luke: You mind if I finish Farewell My Concubine first? Just so I can give them all at once.

Luke Higham said...

Michael: I don't mind. :)

Louis Morgan said...

Charles:

Attenborough:

1. Christie murders Beryl Evans - 10 Rillington Place
2. Christie at the homeless shelter - 10 Rillington Place
3. Pinky's hit goes wrong - Brighton Rock
4. The Major refuses to give up his arms - Guns at Batasi
5. "Shut up" - The Angry Silence
6. The First murder - 10 Rillington Place
7. Pinky's tape recording - Brighton Rock
8. Meeting with the Union Boss - The Angry Silence
9. The Major is dismissed - Guns at Batasi
10. The final Seance - Seance on a Wet Afternoon

Varun:

Pesci:

1. "Funny How?" - Goodfellas
2. Brothers meet again later - Raging Bull
3. "You wanna know who killed Kennedy?" - JFK
4. Billy Bats - Goodfellas
5. The final fight - Raging Bull
6. Killing spider - Goodfellas
7. The Bad Suit - My Cousin Vinny
8. Initial Interview - JFK
9. Tommy is a "made man" - Goodfellas
10. Nicky's end - Casino