Billy Crystal – City Slickers
My Overall Thoughts:
This was yet another year with 5 great performances nominated. The precursor awards before the Oscars showed that anyone could have won and most people were shocked by the come from behind win by SotL in 5 of its 7 nominations, tying the record in the process of a film winning Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay and being only 1 of 3 films to ever do that.
5. Warren Beatty
4. Robin Williams
3. Nick Nolte
2. Robert De Niro
1. Anthony Hopkins
5. Bugsy – Gives a good impression of who Bugsy was; a dreamer and a businessman whose motivations often clashed with his colleagues. The ‘industry’ loves Beatty more than they should because this movie is far from being perfect but still has some entertaining scenes. Terrible chemistry between Beatty and Benning which is quite ironic.
4. The Fisher King – Williams, Bridges and Reuhl are all superb here and make us really believe in the ideas of redemption and making up for past mistakes in life.
3. The Prince of Tides – Better than I recalled. Nolte is superb here in one of his best roles. Streisand feels extremely miscast in this role and the director (her) should have chosen much better. Loved the way this film delves into the past and how it slowly reveals deep dark hidden secrets. The book is so much better (as I recall) and I can’t wait to read it again to once again fall in love with Conroy’s writing.
2. Cape Fear – Great thriller that really makes you think about decisions we all make in life. Superb cast helps keep this story suspenseful throughout. DeNiro is especially scary as Max Cady and this is probably one his best roles despite the fact that his accent feels a bit too over the top. The twists and turns along the way help make this film really enjoyable.
1. The Silence of the Lambs – Great psychological thriller that gives us so much insight into the mind of serial killers. Lecter is one of the best villains from literature because he is so intelligent, calm and extremely dangerous at the same time. Foster and Hopkins have amazing chemistry in their scenes together and they both were very deserving of the Oscars they won for these roles.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! Hopkins clearly gave the best performance of the 5 and this role has become so iconic over the past 25 years that it would be hard to imagine that it wasn’t expected to win any awards besides Best Actress for Foster.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!