Joseph Schildkraut – The Diary of Anne Frank
My Overall Thoughts:
This was a year with 5 fine performances but Heston is way above the rest.
5. Laurence Harvey
4. Jack Lemmon
3. James Stewart
2. Paul Muni
1. Charlton Heston
5. Room at the Top – Harvey is pretty good here, but at points he is quite a bore which seems to be on purpose. Sears is also good here, but Signoret steals the show with her Oscar winning performance. Liked the way they were able to be frank about life and what people are willing to do for love and also to get to the top.
4. The Last Angry Man – Great performance by Muni which turned out to be his final role. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for this role. The selflessness of his character still rings true even after nearly 60 years and in some ways makes this story timeless. Really liked the way that this film shows that fame and ratings aren’t something that can easily corrupt everyone especially when they feel that they are doing what they are needed for on their own terms. The plot is extremely engaging and manages to get across a great story with a message about being true to one self no matter the cost.
3. Some Like It Hot – Quote a funny premise that works almost the whole time despite some of the silly antics. Lemmon and Curtis are superb in these roles which seem to go completely against their normal comedic typecast. Like how the plot played out and the way it all comes together in the end. Monroe is fine as costar but she isn’t able to outshine the leads no matter how you look at it.
2. Anatomy of a Murder – Great courtroom drama. Well ahead of its time. Stewart is great in the lead and is helped by an astounding supporting cast. The subjkect matter was quite taboo for its time yet still is done extremely well.
1. Ben-Hur – Great epic movie, done expertly. Worthy of it’s 11 Oscars. Heston is great in the title role and it would become his most famous and career defining role.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most definitely! Heston does a wonderful job as Ben-Hur and the fact that the film swept almost every category definitely helped him win even though he clearly gives the best performance of the 5 nominees that year.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!