My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year where none of the nominees were really breathtaking and despite them all being good, Irons is the most creepy and developed character of them all.
5. Gerard Depardieu
4. Kevin Costner
3. Richard Harris
2. Robert De Niro
1. Jeremy Irons
5. The Field – Very interesting premise that features great performances but moves along a bit too slowly for its own good. Harris is great here and truly deserved an Oscar nomination for this role. Great supporting turns by Berenger, Bean and Hurt. The way that this story shows the difficulties of a man who only wants to feel the delight of farming his own land and will do anything to have it for himself and his descendants is a great one and is portrayed really well here.
4. Cyrano de Bergerac – Great version of the Cyrano story. Depardieu does a great job in the lead and was very deserving of an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his performance but lost to Jeremy Irons’ portrayal of Claus Von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune (1990). The story moves along at a great pace and we get the known the wisdom and humor of the main character quite well. I’m still a bigger fan of the modern version of the story – Roxanne (1987) starring Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah. Despite the good pacing, this film does feel a bit too long, and cutting it down a bit more would have made it tighter.
3. Reversal of Fortune – Good legal drama that loses a bit because very little takes place in the courtroom itself. Great acting by Irons and Silver.
2. Awakenings – Williams and DeNiro are both excellent here and it’s understandable how they both could get acting nominations for these roles; Williams at the Globes and DeNiro at the Oscars. The story is heartwarming yet falls a bit flat about half way through. The biggest problem that I had with this is that despite both lead actors giving amazing performances, they lack a chemistry that a film like this sorely needed.
1. Dances With Wolves – Excellent movie. Worthy of all it’s awards. By far, Costner’s best movie.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes! Irons was definitely the best choice in a year where there were no real standout amazing performances.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!