James Stewart (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)
Henry Fonda – Young Mr. Lincoln
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year where 3 out of 5 of the nominees were amazing and the other two a bit lackluster. It came down to either Donat or Stewart who were both superb here, but one had to be slightly better.
4. Laurence Olivier
3. Clark Gable
2. James Stewart
1. Robert Donat
4. Wuthering Heights – Nice story that really captures the essence of the novel. The cast is great and allows us to really believe the love triangle between the characters. Does a great job depicting the different views of the wealthy and the poor on society and how true love can stay with a person for so many years despite other romantic tangents along the way.
3. Goodbye, Mr. Chips – Donat is superb here and really deserved his Best Actor award for playing the title character. This film has inspired so many others ever since in the way they tell a life story in the right way. Still remains one of the best films about the life and rewards of teaching.
2. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – A true classic about how the American political system works (and doesn’t work). Capra really found a way to show the people how even the little people can enact change in the “system”. Very interesting how it seems that little has changed when dealing with congressional corruption in the 79 years since this came out. This is one of the movies that made me very interested in the US political system.
1. Gone With the Wind – Brilliant but over-long film. Understandable why so many love this movie. Very deserving of its 8 Oscar wins.Remains one of the best films ever made despite its length.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! Donat is superb in this role and was easily the most powerful of the 5 noinees. Stewart was a close second and perhaps got awarded Gold the following year based on this great performance.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!