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.
5. Albert Finney
4. Richard Harris
3. Paul Newman
2. Rex Harrison
1. Sidney Poitier
5. Tom Jones – Boring movie. Cant understand how it won Best picture. Stay away
4. Hud –Not the most entertaining story, but great performances by the four main actors.
3. This Sporting Life – Interesting 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. Cleopatra – Glad 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 Field –Great 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!