Did They Get it Right? – Best Actor – Oscars 1928


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Richard Barthelmess (The Patent Leather Kid)
Emil Jannings (The Last Command)

Biggest Snub:

Charles “Buddy” Rogers – Wings

My Overall Thoughts:

As I’ve mentioned previously, it’s a bit frustrating that the older films from the early years of film are harder to find and that’s the reason that I only managed to see 50% of the films nominated this year.  Thankfully, that only means one film, so I guess I will have to make a decision based on the one performance that I’ve seen.

My Rankings:

Acting Performances

2. Richard Barthelmess (Not Yet Seen)
1. Emil Jannings

Movies

2. The Patent Leather Kid (Not Yet Seen)
1. The Last Command Great film that does a wonderful job depicting life after one has power. Jannings won the first ever Best Actor Award at the Oscars for this role, and it seems to be quite deserving despite not having seen the film of his sole competitor. Really enjoyed the way they tell the story and how such a powerful man had to find a way to deal with the changes in his life due to being a cousin of the Czar at the time of the Revolution. This story is perfect for the silent screen and I’m not sure if it would work as well as a “Talkie”. Quite glad I finally got a chance to see this film.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes!  Having only seen one of the two nominees, It’s hard to actually judge yet Jannings does do a slendid job here and gives a very powerful performance.

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

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