Did They Get it Right? – Best Actor – Oscars 1963

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Albert Finney (Tom Jones)
Richard Harris (This Sporting Life)
Rex Harrison (Cleopatra)
Paul Newman (Hud)
Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field)

Biggest Snub:

Steve McQueen – Love With the Proper Stranger

My Overall Thoughts:

This was  a groundbreaking year and it seems as if Poitier was a shoe-in to win since none of the other performances come even close to matching his.

My Rankings:

Acting Performances

5. Albert Finney 
4. Richard Harris 
3. Paul Newman 
2. Rex Harrison 
1. Sidney Poitier


5. Tom JonesBoring movie. Cant understand how it won Best picture. Stay away
4. HudNot the most entertaining story, but great performances by the four main actors.
3. This Sporting LifeInteresting idea that shows how someone can excel in one aspect of life yet constantly fail at others. Harris does a fine job in the lead role here and both he and Rachel Roberts were Oscar nominated for their roles. The film itself moves along as a pretty tepid pace that takes away from the enjoyment since there are to many boring scenes along the way.  Wis they would have explained the sport of Rugby a bit more for those unfamiliar with the sport since it is so integral to the plot of the film.
2. CleopatraGlad I finally saw this epic. The first half is so much better and more interesting than the second. I can understand why this was considered a flop tho. Excellent cast helps raise the level of enjoyment. Learnt a lot about her life and the lives of the Roman rulers who she had dealings with.
1. Lilies of the FieldGreat film that has a simple theme that resonates so well. Loved the way that the story moved along slowly as the characters little by little get to understand and appreciate what they have between one another. Poitier is superb as Homer and deservingly won an Oscar for this role. The characters become so endearing throughout the film that it’s hard not to be easily taken it by it all and feeling the urge to also pitch in however you can.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  Poitier was amazing in this role and was clearly the best choice among the nominees this year.

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

5 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Actor – Oscars 1963

  1. Wow Rob. Need a bit more consistency here – can’t get a good read on your likes/dislikes when one movie is criticized for being “slow” while slow scores as an attribute in another. Can’t really argue much with Poitier’s choice. “Lilies” is a wonderful film (one of my mother’s favorites – and she met Poitier on a bus in NYC and he signed the box of roses she was carrying). I thought Finney (and the entire cast) were great in Tom Jones – and I LOVE that movie. “Boring” is the last adjective I’d ever use for that one – and I wouldn’t use it at all. It’s funny, intricate, great cast – lots of plot threads that all get tied up at the end in surprising fashion. I won’t suggest a 2nd look, but you’re way off on that one. Cleopatra nearly bankrupted 20th Century-Fox. If not for The Longest Day – the studio would’ve gone under. I’ve never seen the movie all the way through. Don’t plan to. Never seen This Sporting Life. And no – “Hud” is not entertaining – it is a tough look at a character who is a narcissistic prick and possibly a rapist – and no role model for his impressionable nephew – and the entire cast – Douglas, Newman, DeWilde and Patricia Neal – are all superb. Academy got it right with Poitier – but I could’ve gone with Newman or Finney as well.

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    • Since when does one need to be consistent; ) some movies work better at a slow churn them others. Im shocked that uve never seen the longest day all the way through. Its an amazing recreation of the day of days. Finally a classic film u havent seen 😉


      • I wrote that oddly – I was referring to CLEOPATRA as the movie I have never seen all the way through. The Longest Day is one of my favorite WW II movies (along with Battleground, Saving Private Ryan, Patton and a few others). I’ve seen it MANY times and own it on DVD.

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          • It probably was 2 movies. It went severely over budget and I think filming was shut down for a time and they weren’t even sure it would be finished. Plus – Taylor and Burton’s affair was getting more publicity than the film itself – and most of it – not good.


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