Kenneth Branagh – Hamlet
My Overall Thoughts:
This was a pretty mediocre year for nominees. Thronton and Rush were both standouts among the 5 and the race was really between them.
5. Tom Cruise
4. Woody Harrelson
3. Ralph Fiennes
2. Billy Bob Thornton
1. Geoffrey Rush
5. The People Vs. Larry Flynt – Controversial film about a very controversial man played really well by Harrelson.
4. Shine – Great story that is accentuated by Rush’s performance in the lead role. The way that the story unfolds works really well and we get a clear sense as to what kind of life he dealt with. In addition to Rush, Mueller-Stahl is amazing as his ‘tough-love’ father who’s actions cannot be condoned yet based on all he endured in life is somewhat understandable. Nominated for a total of 7 Oscars, but only managed to win for Rush’s lead performance.
3. Sling Blade – Great story that is perfectly acted by Thornton in the lead role.
2. Jerry Maguire – Great heart warming movie. Cruise and Zellweger are both excellent here. One of the most quoted movies of recent years. Great message.
1. The English Patient – Great love story set on the eve of WWII.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! Rush was amazing in this role and really shines 🙂 The rest of the nominees besides Thorton were all just ok but Rush gave the bets performance without a doubt
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!