My Overall Thoughts:
This was a historical year since it was the sole time that 3 actors from the same film were all nominated in the same category, essentially cancelling each other out. There was a write in campaign for Paul Muni in Black Fury, but since he wasn’t on the official ballot, he can’t be counted.
4. Clark Gable
3. Franchot Tone
2. Victor McLaglen
1. Charles Laughton
2. Mutiny on the Bounty – Later productions were much better and I found this depiction a bit boring even with Laughton and Gable on board.
1. The Informer – Great look into the motives of people when they must do things when feel they have no other choice. The pacing is great and Ford does a great job getting the emotional impact of the story from numerous perspectives.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not Really! McLaglen won because the other three split their votes since they were all from the same film. Laughton is the most powerful and memorable performance of the 3, despite the fact that the film itself doesn’t age very well and is not the best production of the famous story.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!