Michael Caine (Alfie)
Zero Mostel – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
My Overall Thoughts:
This is yet another year with 5 powerful performances but Scofeld was the most poignant of the lot.
5. Alan Arkin
4. Michael Caine
3. Richard Burton
2. Steve McQueen
1. Paul Scofield
5. Alfie – Didn’t like this one as much as I thought I would. Caine plays against type here and his character isn’t likeable at all. Wasn’t a fan of the way they kept breaking the 4thw all here. The character wasn’t as believable as we would like him to be and it’s hard to feel sorry for a character like that. Wasn’t as cathartic as I expected it to be.
4. The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming – Very funny ‘serious’ film that was made at a time when something like this was desperately needed; a positive look at Russian-American relations. Amazing cast led by Reiner, Arkin, Keith, Winters, Saint, Bikel, Law and Ford. The film is less poignant today than it was 50 years ago, but it still gets its point across quite well.
3. A Man for All Seasons – Great performance by Scofield that carries the whole movie. Great story about standing up to your convictions. Timeless message throughout.
2. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Such a great film because it manages to develop all four of the leads so well in such a short period of time. The audience easily gets pulled into the story and we constantly want to know more and more about the characters who are so interesting and devastating to watch at the same time. Written extremely realistically and gripping from start to finish even though it is entirely carried by its dialogue. Won 5 of its 13 Oscar nominations that year.
1. The Sand Pebbles – One of McQueen’s best roles despite the fact that he really isn’t in a leadership role like usual. Loved the way that this film takes its time telling us the story in a complete and epic fashion. The side story with Bergen works because we are teased by it just like the way the main character is tempted to make decisions in life based on his chance meeting. The way they show how the class system on the gunship works helps us understand so much about the social ladder of that time and place. The tension is built up so well as the story moves along. Loved the way that they portray the action when things come to a head and we get to easily see that not much has changed in the almost century since this film takes place when it comes to rules of battle. By far, the best film IMHO of 1966.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! Scofeld gives such an amazing performance that as great as some of these other performances are (Burton and McQueen especially), none come even close to eclipsing his performance as Thomas More
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!