Richard Gere – An Officer and a Gentleman
My Overall Thoughts:
Excellent year with 5 top notch nominees. All 5 has Oscars (including one Honorary for O’Toole) and they all did wonderful jobs with the roles they were given.
4. Dustin Hoffman
3. Paul Newman
2. Jack Lemmon
1. Ben Kingsley
5. My Favorite Year – Interesting view of the behind the scenes of a 1950’s variety show. The fact that this is somewhat based on Brooks’ experiences make things even more interesting but the story unfortunately deviates too much from the Brooks character who should have remained the main focus the whole way through. O’Toole is great as the womanizing/boozing Hollywood star who does whatever he pleases and despite seeming to be miscast, he is extremely convincing in the role. Loved how it seems as if many of the backstage shenanigans here are similar to things we have seen recently on shows like 30 Rock that parody variety type shows.
4. The Verdict – Good average courtroom drama that doesn’t seem to translate very well to the screen. Paul Newman continues to show how great an actor he can be even when the material isn’t top notch.
3. Tootsie – Great film that works on numerous levels. Hoffman is superb in the dual roles and is quite convincing in both of them. The supporting cast is perfectly chosen with Pollack standing out as Hoffman’s agent and Lange as an actress who he befriends. The script is fun and witty and works the entire time despite the premise seeming to be a bit crazy. This film is still very relevant today after more than 35 years and says so much about how Hollywood (and the entertainment industry on a whole) has worked for years without much changes. Was nominated for 10 Oscars yet only managed to win Best Supporting Actress for Lange. It did win Best Musical or Comedy Film at the Golden Globes that year tho.
2. Gandhi – Amazingly done Epic biopic movie by Attenborough. Kingsley is superb in the title role.
1. Missing – What a great telling of true events. Lemmon and Spacek are both excellent. It’s very interesting that even 32 years after the film was made and 41 years after the events, the story is still not completely done.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! Kinsley is superb as Gandhi and makes it all look so easy to do.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!