Andy Garcia (The Godfather: Part III)
Raul Julia – Presumed Innocent
My Overall Thoughts:
This is another year with 5 great nominees and each does a wonderful job with their performances but two of them really stand out and the final decision was between them.
4. Al Pacino
3. Graham Greene
2. Joe Pesci
1. Bruce Davison
5. The Godfather: Part III – Not as great as the previous two Godfather movies and they probably shouldn’t have made it. If you enjoyed the first two Godfather movies, maybe you should skip this one in order to keep the greatness of the first two without them being diminished by this one.
4. Dick Tracy – Beatty is great in the lead role and makes us believe his version of this comic strip character. The make-up and production of this film is amazing to look at yet the story itself is far from perfect. Loved the way that they found a way to incorporate as many of the various villains as possible in the story to help show how prevalent criminals are in the city even if there is one man who can stop them. Great touch making Tracy have to deal with both a girlfriend and a nightclub singer at the same time because it adds a more mature level to the storyline which is not for kids at all.
3. Longtime Companion – Very moving portrayal of how the outbreak of AIDS was perceived by the gay community during the 1980’s. Amazing cast helps make this even more powerful. The fact that the movie tries to deal with so much over a long period of time makes some of the scenes feel a bit choppy. It would have been even better had it been longer. Davison is superb and deserved his Golden Globe win for this film.
2. Dances with Wolves – Excellent movie. Worthy of all it’s awards. By far, Costner’s best movie. Such an amazing epic tale that works so well.
1. Goodfellas – Excellent look at the life of mobsters in New York in the 70’s. Scorsese does an amazing job getting us to love these characters despite everything they do. In some ways, its easy to see that this is a continuation of Coppola’s Godfather series to show the ‘modern’ effects of the mob on society. Works really well as a biopic despite the fact that we’ll never really know how much is true. Amazing cast led by little known Liotta. One of Scorsese’s best films to date because of the realism and strong characters.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! Pesci was a very worthy choice, but I thing Davison gave a more powerful (even if less showy) performance and would have been even more worthy of winning.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!