5. Robert Mitchum in The Friends of Eddie Coyle - Well this is unpleasant. I hate putting
any of these performances "last" because they're all great, but I have
to choose one. Anyway Mitchum gives a great performance giving this quietly devastating portrait of a man who essentially wasted his life.
Best Scene: "what a future he’s got, huh"
4. Robert Shaw in The Hireling- Shaw gives a heartbreaking performance here showing a
different shade of his talent in his powerful realization of a lonely
man seeking love.
Best Scene: Declaration of Love.
3. Donald Sutherland in Don't Look Now - Sutherland's performance is both an unforgettable depiction of man struggling with his grief and also so effectively helps to realize the spine chilling horror of the film.
Best Scene: Seeing the Inspector.
2. Elliott Gould in The Long Goodbye - Gould gives a brilliantly funny and always compelling performance in his rather contradictory yet most effective take on Phillip Marlowe.
Best Scene: "I even lost my cat"
1. Edward Woodward in The Wicker Man - Edward Woodward gives a masterful performance that works as normalcy against the unknown, as a portrait of zealous if foolish conviction, and harrowing depiction of facing unspeakable horrors. This year frankly deserves multiple winners by the sheer quality of so many of the leading turns.