Fredrick March – Seven Days in May
My Overall Thoughts:
This year has some great performances and after O’Toole and Harrison won the Gloes that year, they were both the frontrunners
5. Rex Harrison
4. Anthony Quinn
3. Peter Sellers
2. Richard Burton
1. Peter O’Toole
4. Zorba the Greek – This is in the end a story of friendship between two mismatched men who are complete opposites. Quinn and Bates have great chemistry together and it’s easy to see how they can find things in common throughout the course of the film. The different ways that the two men look at situations make for interesting discussions between them throughout the film. The music and Zorba’s dance have become iconic staples ever since this film was made and it was nice to finally see (and hear) what it was all about.
3. My Fair Lady – Not the best Best Picture, but entertaining never the less. Great dialogue and amazing chemistry between Harrison and Hepburn works really well.
2. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – Was probably not as funny to watch during the height of the cold war, but now it’s hilarious. Sellers is spectacular in the 3 roles and Scott and Sterling do excellent jobs playing Army Generals with a bit of problems. Pickens steals the show tho as a bomber commander. Kubrick really knew how to get things going in the Cold War era and most of this seems very plausible for that time frame. The satire works extremely well and despite many scenes supposedly dealing with serious matters, it’s so hard no to laugh at the absurdity of it all.
1. Becket – Amazing story that shows how friendship and integrity can be put to the test when one wishes to fulfill one’s duty. Burton and O’Toole are perfect as the two main leads. Amazing dialogue helps keep this interesting the whole way through. I’m surprised that this film didn’t win more awards because it is done so well.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not at all! This should have been the year for O’Toole or even Burton. They were both superb in their roles that it’s a real shame that the Academy went with a somewhat sentimental choice in a musical that won 8 of its 12 nominations.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!