Did They Get it Right? – Best Actor – Oscars 1972


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Marlon Brando (The Godfather)
Michael Caine (Sleuth)
Peter O’Toole (The Ruling Class)
Laurence Olivier (Sleuth)
Paul Winfield (Sounder)

Biggest Snub:

Al Pacino – The Godfather

My Overall Thoughts:

This was the year of Brando and there was no doubt who would take home Gold at this award ceremony. The fact that this year wasn’t much of a surprise too away slightly from the wonder and suspense of it all, but that’s the way it crumbles, cookie-wise.

My Rankings:

Acting Performances

5. Paul Winfield
4. Peter O’Toole
3. Michael Caine
2. Laurence Olivier 
1. Marlon Brando

Movies

4. The Ruling Class – Very strange and quirky film that isn’t nearly as funny as it tries to be. O’Toole is great in this unique role but even with such a wonderful performance that even got him an Oscar nomination, the story just doesn’t work at all.  This was quite a long movie and it was somewhat torturous getting through. Loved seeming Sim in such a funny role as the Bishop, but other than that, this film really has nothing to offer entertainment wise.
3. SounderDoes a great job of recreating depression era 1930’s in the South. Nice to learn about the hardships faced by sharecroppers and the way that the family tries to overcome the difficulties of their situation. Having read the book years ago, I recall the story being more focused and better on the pages as opposed to on the screen.
2. SleuthCaine and Olivier are both excellent here and deliver the very clever script expertly. A bit too long tho and could have been tighter.
1. The GodfatherExcellent movie. Best of the 3 Godfather movies. All-star cast helps elevate this film even higher. This film has become the standard as to what all other mafia films are compared to.  Considered one of the best movies ever made.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Unquestionably!  Brando was superb in this film and truly deserved his second Oscar for such an amazingly iconic performance.  None of the other 4 performances come even close…

Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!

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