Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)
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
5. Laurence Fishburne
4. Daniel Day-Lewis
3. Anthony Hopkins
2. Liam Neeson
1. Tom Hanks
5. What’s Love Got to Do with It – Movie 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 Father – Very 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 Day – Gives 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. Philadelphia – Excellent 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 List – Excellent 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!