Al Pacino – Scarface
My Overall Thoughts:
This was a year with some great performances. The fact that 3 of the 5 nominees won Best Actor awards at the Golden Globes (Duvall, Caine and Courtney) says so much about how close the race truly was.
5. Tom Conti (Not Yet Seen)
4. Albert Finney
3. Tom Courtenay
2. Michael Caine
1. Robert Duvall
4. Reuben, Reuben (Not Yet Seen)
3. Tender Mercies – Very good performance by Duvall. Storyline is slow, but still good.
2. The Dresser – Finney is great as the aging stage actor, but Courtney overshadows him as his assistant the entire time. Loved the way that they showed how behind the scenes work in some ways is so much more important to the success or failure of a show. The film itself is far from perfect, but the performances make this so worth while watching.
1. Educating Rita – Excellent and witty dialogue helps this movie remain fresh and fun. Caine and Walters have amazing platonic chemistry together and their intellectual debates are so thrilling to watch. Doesn’t get as much love as it probably deserves. Great message about making the right choices in life in order to keep yourself happy and content.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! This was a great year for performances and Duvall was slightly above the rest and deservingly received recognition for it.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!