Alan Rickman – Sense and Sensibility
My Overall Thoughts:
This is another year with some great nominees but the ultimately came down to being between just two of them since they gave the most powerful performances of the 5.
5. Tim Roth
4. James Cromwell
3. Brad Pitt
2. Ed Harris
1. Kevin Spacey
5. Rob Roy – Good idea that might be much better perceived if it hadn’t been made at the same time as Braveheart (1995). Neeson is ok in the lead but doesn’t manage to bring such a powerful performance as one would expect. Lange is underused here which is a bit of a shame. The showiest part is given to Roth who excels as the despicable villain of the film. The story itself doesn’t feel original enough and just doesn’t work as well as one would hope it could.
4. Babe – Fun simple film that is slightly lovable, but not really worthy of being nominated for or winning the BP award. Special effects are done quite well and that is an award is was very rightfully deserving of winning.
3. Twelve Monkeys – As with most Gilliam films, this borders on the line of craziness but if you pay close attention, you will easily notice a method to this madness. Willis is great here because it’s hard to figure out his character since he himself is confused the whole time. Pitt is also quite good here because he plays a completely insane character. Loved the way that they deal with time travel and its future consequences and they do their best to keep it all understandable as things move forward. Loved the idea of how people in the future constantly try to understand the past and that is a recurring theme here.
2. The Usual Suspects – Excellent story written in such a way that you need to watch the movie numerous times to try and catch most of the twists.
1. Apollo 13 – Amazing film that takes a known event and makes it so gripping and thrilling. The music by Horner is superb and helps keep us in the mood for such a story during so many of the scenes in the film. Excellent cast led by Hanks keeps things interesting and fascinating the whole time without the need to get too technical. Has such a patriotic message that shines throughout. Nominated for 9 awards at the Oscars and only was able to win two of them (in technical categories Sound and Film Editing). Howard’s best achievement as a Director IMHO and he was snubbed of an Oscar nomination for Best Director despite winning the DGA for this. This was clearly the best film of the year and was not in any way deserving of losing the top Oscar to Braveheart (1995) which is also great, but still not as amazing as this film is.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most definitely! Spacey was superb in this role and showed how great and actor he can be with the way he played this role. Harris was a close second because of the coll and calm demeanor of his character that is also a very powerful performance.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!