Willaim Holden – The Wild Bunch
My Overall Thoughts:
This was quite a powerful year with 5 stellar performances and any of them would have been quite deserving of winning the award but Wayne was slightly better than the rest.
5. Dustin Hoffman
4. Jon Voight
3. Richard Burton
2. Peter O’Toole
1. John Wayne
4. Midnight Cowboy – Storyline is a bit unbelievable and didn’t age well, but the great acting here somewhat makes up for it. A pretty mediocre Best Picture Winner IMHO.
3. Anne of the Thousand Days – Burton and Bujold are great here as the King and future Queen. We can really believe their characters. The dialogue is great and in some ways quite risque for its time. The movie is a bit overlong and might have been helped if it has been cut down a bit.
2. Goodbye, Mr. Chips – This is quite a good remake of the classic 1939 film with the same title starring Robert Donat. The biggest problem here is the attempt to make the story a musical because that takes away so much from the seriousness and poignancy of such a storyline. O’Toole is amazing here (as usual) and was very deserving of an Oscar nomination for this role. They do a wonderful describing the kind of life a teacher in a school like this lives and how important students can be for the teacher just as teachers are for molding young minds.
1. True Grit – Great story told so well. Wayne is amazing as the lead character despite not really deserving the Oscar for Lead actor for this role. The themes dealing with revenge, repentance and of course the quest for true justice no matter the cost rings so true here. Liked the relationship between Wayne’s gritty Marshall and Darby’s seemingly innocent young girl especially because of the way it evolves over the course of the film.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! All 5 of these performances were great, but Wayne does an exceptional job of taking on a gritty cowboy that is better than most of his other cowboy performances.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!