Oliver Reed – Gladiator
My Overall Thoughts:
This is another year with 5 solid nominees, but one gives a much more powerful performance than the rest and was slightly more deserving.
5. Albert Finney
4. Joaquin Phoenix
3. Willem Dafoe
2. Jeff Bridges
1. Benicio Del Toro
5. Shadow of the Vampire – This is an interesting look at behind the scenes of how movies were made back in the 1920’s in Germany. The way that they show how a director could try and create a masterpiece despite being hampered from using the story of Dracula is intriguing to watch even if things feel a bit too over the top far too often. Malkovich plays the ego maniacal director like one would expect him to but Dafoe stands out here in a role that he really loses himself in and is hardly recognizable as Max Schreck who may or may not have been a real vampire. He deserving was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this role even if the film itself is somewhat lackluster and average.
4. Erin Brockovich – Inspirational movie that shows that anyone can exert themselves and make a difference in the world. IMHO, not Roberts’ best performance, but she did prove that she can play these kind of roles too.
3. Traffic – Soderbergh does a great job putting these stories together to give us a fair overview of the diverse and vast war against drugs and how it is dealt with in many different ways. Amazing cast helps hold this together despite the lack of interactions between the three stories. Something feels slightly missing because of the separation of all three stories despite aiming for something higher and greater.
2. Gladiator – Excellent Epic movie, amazingly done by Ridley Scott, Great effects and music.
1. The Contender – This is one of my favorite Political dramas because it feels so real. Allen was the perfect choice for this role and definitely deserved her Oscar nomination for the role. Despite being made 16 years ago, this film’s scenario could still be played out today in the exact same manner, so it proves the timelessness of the idea. Loved the dialogue because it is so crisp and lightning fast. The characters are all developed quite well and because it’s politics, you never know who you can really trust and what they do next. Really would love to see more of Rod Lurie’s scripts being made into such amazing films.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! BDT does an amazing job in Traffic and was quiet deserving of his Oscar here even if his performance really was a lead one here. None of the other performances come close even if they are all quite good.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!