Jaye Davidson (The Crying Game)
Alec Baldwin – Glengarry Glen Ross
(Robin Williams – Aladdin) – Fantasy Pick
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year where the two best performances in this category are both veteran actors with prior Oscar wins, but never the less, they both bring their A-game here making it hard to even consider any of the other 3 nominees who should be content with just a nomination.
5. David Paymer
4. Jaye Davidson
3. Al Pacino
2. Gene Hackman
1. Jack Nicholson
5. The Crying Game – Movie starts off really well, but loses its impact if you are aware of the big twist. Great performances by Rea and Whitaker make this start off as a film with so much potential that gets lost along the way. I wonder what I would have thought about it had I not known what would happen. I liked parts of this film, but I’m still not convinced that it’s a film that should have made the cut of the best 5 of the year.
4. Mr. Saturday Night – Crystal is amazing in this role and manages to get the tone of a bitter comic looking back at his life of comedy really well. The story itself tho doesn’t flow very well and is way too choppy because they try to tell things in too wide a scope. Paymer is also great as Crystal’s brother/manager who puts up with it all over the years. He got an Oscar nomination for Best Support Actor for this role. Has some great jokes but overall comes across as being just an average story.
3. Glengarry Glen Ross – Excellent dialogue is what makes this film so watchable. The cast chosen to portray these characters are all top notch, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that stars are needed because they are each written so well. Mamet knows how to create interesting characters and bring them to life solely via their words. Whole cast is amazing, but Baldwin steals the show with his one superb scene.
2. Unforgiven – Excellent film which is among Eastwood’s best as both Director and Actor. The anti-western aspect of it all plus the realism help make this so enjoyable and stunning to watch. Freeman and Hackman are also both amazing here in supporting roles and its ironic that Eastwood ended up helping both of them eventually win Best Supporting Actor Oscars for roles he directed them in. The slow pace works really well here to help establish the story and the necessity to follow through with the job they agreed to fulfill. Loved the way that they show how the west probably really was and we see that not all is just or unjust but just like real life, it is a mixture of both.
1. A Few Good Men – Great courtroom drama expertly written by Sorkin and filmed beautifully by Reiner. Amazingly long cast list helps contribute to those playing six degrees of Kevin Bacon. Very quotable movie that is by far one of the best that came out that year.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! GH was a great choice here because the role is much deeper than one would expect and he plays against type so well but Nicholson was superb in AFGM and should have walked away with this one.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!