Sunday, 31 October 2010

Best Actor 1991: Results

5. Warren Beatty in Bugsy- Simply a bad performance which fails at its core. He never finds the right tone for Bugsy, and never seems to be authentic, and many times comes off unintentionally funny in his worst scenes.
4. Nick Nolte in The Prince of Tides- Nolte has a few scenes where he is okay, they are his quiet confession scenes, but everything else he does either comes off as completely false or just weird. He always plays his character artificially and never really gets down to the heart of him.
3. Robert De Niro in Cape Fear. De Niro has some good scenes early on despite his terrible accent, but as the film goes on he simply hams it up way too much.
2. Robin Williams in The Fisher King- Robin Williams at first over plays the role, and cannot stay in character, but as he goes on he gets a bit better in the crazy scenes, and he actually is fairly effective in his quiet scenes.
1. Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs- This ought to be a surprise to no one, but Hopkins by far gave the best lead actor performance nominated this year and he can even be argued as not a lead. Still Hopkins is brilliant in every minute of his relatively short performance. He creates a fascinating, memorable, and truly effective character from Hannibal Lecter. Every scene he handles with perfection, never going over the top, or even seeming calculated since all of his motions are brilliant.
Deserving Performances:
John Turturro in Barton Fink


joe burns said...

Yeah, it seems like a weak year for films as well.
Great writeups!

Cn you give me a hint for the next year?

Louis Morgan said...

Thanks Joe, and yes it certainly was a weak year. And sure here are some clues:

The First Loss of Many
The Final Nomination Victory
Murderers, alcoholics, and Prisoners.

joe burns said...


Louis Morgan said...

You can probably feel pretty confidant with that guess.

dinasztie said...

I agree, this wasn't a question.

As I saw your clues, I instantly thought 1962. Jack Lemmon gives my favorite performance of his, so I can't wait to read your thoughts. Though 1962 may be a bad idea and you do another year. :)

dshultz said...

I think that Viggo Mortensen in "The Indian Runner" gave a performance miles better than any of the nominees other than Hopkins.

Anonymous said...

My rankings:
1. Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs: 5 out of 5.
2. Nick Nolte, The Prince of Tides: 4 out of 5.
3. Robert De Niro, Cape Fear: 3.5 out of 5.
4. Warren Beatty, Bugsy: 3.5 out of 5.
5. Robin Williams, The Fisher King: 3 out of 5.