Saturday 14 April 2012

Next Year: Best Supporting Actor 1981

The Nominees:
Howard Rollins - Ragtime
Ian Holm - Chariots of Fire
Jack Nicholson - Reds
James Coco - Only When I Laugh
John Gielgud - Arthur

So, who will I give my win to? Will I agree with the Academy? Will I give a win to a performance that was also nominated for Razzie Awards? Will it be the only Ian Holm nomination? Or will I give it to Nicholson or Rollins? Write your predictions in comment... ;)

Friday 13 April 2012

Best Leading Actor 1969

5. John Wayne - True Grit
I have problem with this performance, but I can't name it. It's probably the fact that it isn't very good. Wayne just fails to create a complex and a believable performance. I'm not saying that it's a complete fail. He has got some nice scenes, but throughout the majority of the film he's overacting and that destroys the believableness of the character. Oscar win? For this? You must be joking...

4. Richard Burton - Anne of the Thousand Days
Almost everyone says that Richard Burton was very overacting in Anne of the Thousand Days. And it's a true, actually. Burton's overacting almost in every scene. He just failed to play the king as a man, but he played it as the king, instead. As if the king was something unreachable and unreal. But nobody can deny that everything he had to do was done. He had to seem like a characterless, unlikable and authoritative person which he actually was...

3. Peter O'Toole - Goodbye Mr. Chips
Though I haven't seen Robert Donat's creation of Mr. Chips yet, I think I could objectively rate O'Toole's performance. His portrayal of this teacher reminds me of a sinusoid. Some moments of his performance are really perfect and the other are almost terrible. Some scenes he's really overacting, it's almost a cartoon. No doubts that his performance could've even been worse and his performance make the spirit of the film, but it's still could've been also better...

2. Jon Voight - Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy is a cult these times. It's also the first X(or NC-17)-rated film to ever win an Academy Awards for best picture. I believe it's so wonderful mostly because of the performances. If Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman played it badly, the film would be the complete disaster. Voight completely succeeds to create a convincing performance that only proves how great actor Jon Voight is.

1. Dustin Hoffman - Midnight Cowboy
Memorable. That's the word that mostly fits to this performance. Hoffman gives us a great believable performance that you just have to see (shame on you, if you haven't). I think he was rather supporting, but it doesn't change the fact his performance is fantastic. He was not very much better than Voight, but he was more showy. And I'll always prefer showy performance to the subtle ones...

Thursday 5 April 2012

Next Year: Best Leading Actor 1969

The Nominees:
Dustin Hoffman - Midnight Cowboy
John Wayne - True Grit
Jon Voight - Midnight Cowboy
Peter O'Toole - Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Richard Burton - Anne of the Thousand Days

So, who do you think will I pick? Will it be someone from Midnight Cowboy? Or will I agree with life achievement award for John Wayne? Or will that be Henry VII.? Or will I give my win to O'Toole? Write your predictions for my pick and ranking in comments. ;)

Best Supporting Actress 1939

5. Hattie McDaniel - Gone with the Wind
The first Afroamerican to ever win an Oscar. That's the fact many people remember more, than her performance itself. McDaniel is really effective in the film, her performance is funny and entertaining, just as it should be. But I still wasn't fascinated by her so much. Though she tries and does everything needed, she still doesn't have very much to play. It's not her mistake, because she really is very good, but I was expecting something more...

4. Geraldine Fitzgerald - Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights is a legendary and a wonderful film in which everything works as it should and all the performances in it are just brilliant. And Geraldine Fitzgerald's is just lovely. Her Isabella is probably the most likable character of the film and she is aware of this fact and uses it perfectly. She doesn't have many scenes, but she uses even the little she has. A very good perfromance in a great picture...

3. Olivia de Havilland - Gone with the Wind
Havilland has much more to play than McDaniel and she uses it. She gives a depth into this character and her performance is probably the most realistic from the whole film. Her best moment is (probable spoiler) the moment Vivien Leigh kills a man in her house. But throughout the whole film she gives us very good performance...

2. Maria Ouspenskaya - Love Affair
What a lovely performance! Though she doesn't spend very much time on the screen she's perfect in every second. I really loved her portrayal of a sympathetic grandmother and she shines in the film. The scenes she plays in are the best of the film (for me). She's so charming and lovely that I just wanted more and more of her. And that's a proof of her great performance...

1. Edna May Oliver - Drums Along the Mohawks
Oliver's portrayal of an energic and funny old lady is just adorable. We can see that she is really enjoying this character and if any actor enjoys his character, the audience also enjoys it. In every scene she is in, the screen is full of her. This is a very entertaining performance that you will remember a long time after watching the film...

Sunday 1 April 2012

Next Year: Best Supporting Actress 1939

The Nominees:
Edna May Oliver - Drums Along the Mohawk
Geraldine Fitzgerald - Wuthering Heights
Hattie McDaniel - Gone with the Wind
Maria Ouspenskaya - Love Affair
Olivia de Havilland - Gone with the Wind

So, what do you think will be my ranking? Write in comments. ;)
I am sorry, but to make this year will take me some time. I haven't seen any of the nominated films and I have some school responsibilities, so please, be patient. Thank you. :) 

Best Leading Actor 2011

5. Demián Bichir - A Better Life
What a beautiful year. Filled with so many wonderful performance, just like Bichir's was. His portrayal of an exilic father is just extraordinary. It is really difficult performance to play, but he never fails to brings us a realistic and convincing performance that is not seen very often. He is the most important thing of the film. If e didn't play it so greatly, it would almost destroy the film. I really have nothing against this performance...

4. Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

The most complex and one of the best subtle performances I have ever seen. Oldman never fails to give us a wonderful performance of an ordinary man. The fact that he is so ordinary makes him so interesting. This is a character any other actor would play too lackluster and we would not remember this performance a week after the film. But Oldman is too good actor to choose this way. He makes this extremely ordinary character remarkable. Great, great performance...

3. George Clooney - The Descendants
Clooney's performance is not perfect. It has got a lots of mistakes and many actors would play it technically better. But it think that it's the faultiness that makes this performance so adorable. This film is full of mistakes. From the direction to the screenplay and performances. But that's what makes this film so beloved. The naivety. And Clooney's performance wonderfully applies into this film. Everything of it. The fact that he is unconvincing sometimes and the fact that he's himself sometimes and even the fact that he's playing the same character like in Up in the air. And he's got many great scenes, too...

2. Jean DuJardin - The Artist

What a lovely performance! DuJardin completely shines in his role and does everything he should. He is charming and entertaining throughout the whole film and all of the other actors are overshadowed by him. The fact that it's a silent film means that he has to overact extremely and he does it as much, as it's needed. I'm a little bit sorry for his last scenes in which he speaks and his French accent is just terrible and it completely destroys his performance. But it's not a big deal...

1. Brad Pitt - Moneyball
I can't even describe the brilliantness of this performance. It has got the depth, it's funny where it has to be and it's just simply perfect. I'm kind of speechless, because you just have to see it. Who still didn't believe that Pitt is a spectacular actor here is another proof that will completely persuade you...

My Nominees:
1. Brad Pitt - Moneyball
2. Jean DuJardin - The Artist
3. Geroge Clooney - The Descendants
4. Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
5. Demián Bichir - A Better Life