Did They Get it Right? – Best Actor – Oscars 1993

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Daniel Day-Lewis (In the Name of the Father)
Laurence Fishburne (What’s Love Got to Do with It)
Tom Hanks (Philadelphia)
Anthony Hopkins (The Remains of the Day)
Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List)

Biggest Snub:

Harrison Ford – The Fugitive

My Overall Thoughts:

This was a great year with some powerful performances nominated for this category, but it was all buy sealed for Hanks since this is such an amazing performance

My Rankings:

Acting Performances

5. Laurence Fishburne
4. Daniel Day-Lewis 
3. Anthony Hopkins 
2. Liam Neeson 
1. Tom Hanks


5. What’s Love Got to Do with ItMovie which chronicles a great arc for its character yet overall seems quite lackluster along the way. Bassett is amazing as Turner and Fishburne does a very nice and disturbing job as Ike. Both deserved their Oscar nominations for these roles yet neither was anywhere near the best of the nominees. The music is great and shows the musical progression of these talented musicians quite well. Not an easy film to watch due to its portrayal of spousal abuse.
4. In the Name of the FatherVery good depiction of how not every convicted criminal is always guilty of their crimes, but the story at some points feels like it is trying too hard to sensationalize events. Liked the way that the maturity of Day-Lewis’ character evolves over the course of the movie. Postlethwaite is amazing here and was a much better actor than he ever got credit for.
3. The Remains of the DayGives a great perspective on the life of politicians during the 30’s. The fly on the wall aspect of this story gives us so much to ponder. The way that the main character serves his employer and his profession is exemplary yet we get to see that later in life, he might regrets many of his choices since he held duty above all, even his own desires, opinions and wishes. Hopkins and Thompson are both superb here in the leads and they are helped along by an equally amazing supporting cast.
2. PhiladelphiaExcellent performances by Hanks and Washington. Heartfelt music that really sets the tone of the movie. Powerful film during the days when people feared those stricken by this terrible disease due to lack of knowledge.
1. Schindler’s ListExcellent movie. Perhaps the best movie about the Holocaust. Deserving of all it’s awards. Perhaps even the best movie ever made!

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  This was the film that showed everyone how amazing an actor Hanks really is (yes, even after Big). None of the other nominees gave as powerful a performance as he did here.  Neeson comes the closest with his depiction of Oskar Schindler.

Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!

12 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Actor – Oscars 1993

  1. Pretty much in lockstep on this one. Neeson – who was excellent in Schindler had the unfortunate timing to go head to head with Hanks (I hope, at least, the vote was close) – similarly to 1962 – when Peter O’Toole’s Lawrence of Arabia lost to Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch. I agree on Ford being overlooked for The Fugitive. He’s a terrific actor (one of my favorites), but other than WITNESS – he’s never garnered much Oscar love. Not sure why. Some actors are consistently good, make it look easy and get skipped. It’s happened Donald Sutherland’s entire career as well (not a single Oscar nod. Ever. Rectified a bit by his Special Oscar last year).

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  2. Actually – on egregious passes – wasn’t Denzel skipped for PHILADELPHIA? He was excellent in that as well – and no nomination. I suppose he could have campaigned as supporting – but he wasn’t – and Hanks probably sucked all the air out of the room in the Best Actor category from that movie – although I’d wager that Denzel got some votes.

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      • Although in this case – they were both major stars – co-leads (more or less) – in an Oscar bait film. So I’m sure the studio ran equal FYC campaigns for both. After that – it’s in the hands of the Oscar branch of the Academy.

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        • in a quick search thru IMDB, Denzel only got one nomination for this film and that was in a leading role for Awards Circuit Community Awards and he lost to Hanks. Other than that, no individual nomination for him, so I wonder if they campaigned for him at all


          • Unless he told the studio not to – I’m sure they did. It’s SOP during Oscar season. It’s in the budget most times and sometimes it’s even in the actor’s contract. I don’t recall (I get the trades) – whether they did a campaign for Best Actor or Best Supporting, but I’d bet Denzel had ads running. They even campaigned for Antonio Banderas as I recall.

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