Sean Connery – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year where 4 of the 5 nominees are quite average and there was a clear winner that was on top throughout the awards season.
5. Dan Aykroyd
4. Danny Aiello
3. Marlon Brando
2. Martin Landau
1. Denzel Washington
5. Do the Right Thing – Very controversial film that tries to show the two main methods of protest used on a smaller scale. It mostly succeeds, but I felt that certain scenes felt too forced when they should have been done slower. Excellent cast led by Lee (who also wrote and directed).
4. A Dry White Season – Interesting and controversial film that came out at a time when it was most needed. The story works really well to try and expose the various atrocities committed in the name of justice during those dark days. The cast is quite good and Sutherland is great as the lead but he is helped along by the performances of Prochnow, Sarandon and Brando. Brando was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this role and he definitely deserved it because even in such a small role, he is quite impactful on the story being told.
3. Driving Miss Daisy – Slow, but captivating movie. Great social message. Still not sure if it really deserved to win (or even be nominated for Best Picture.
2. Crimes and Misdemeanors – Allen does it again. He is able to create great characters with realistic problems for us to judge. Superb cast led by Martin Landau who gives such an amazing performance as a man torn apart by the problems he is faced with. The way that Allen manages to tell numerous stories all at once and then finding ways to connect them is done expertly here and I can understand how he could get (yet) another Oscar Nomination for Best Director for this film. Great morality play as many of the characters face dilemmas that can be easily related to by most people in some way. Dialogue is superb to listen to because it flows so well.
1. Glory – Excellent depiction of the difficulties that Shaw and his regiment faced during the war. Excellent cast. Freeman, Washington and Brauer are great as three stereotypical soldiers and succeed in showing us the different kind of men who volunteered to fight as free men. The battle scenes are brutal and therefore quite realistic and scary to watch. Washington won an Oscar for his role as a runaway slave returning to fight but he doesn’t give the best performance here; that honor belongs to Broderick. Broderick is superb in one of his first real grownup dramatic roles because he gives off both a naive vibe and a courageous one in order to follow his true convictions. Amazing score by Horner effectively captures the intense emotion feelings of this film.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! DW is great in this performance and is by far the most powerful and emotional performance of the 5 nominees.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!