Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 1988

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Alec Guinness (Little Dorrit)
Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda)
Martin Landau (Tucker: The Man and His Dream)
River Phoenix (Running on Empty)
Dean Stockwell (Married to the Mob)

Biggest Snub:

Alan Rickman – Die Hard

My Overall Thoughts:

This was a pretty lackluster year for nominees and non of them really give such a powerful performance that would make them a frontrunner.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actor

5. Martin Landau
4. Dean Stockwell
3. River Phoenix
2. Alec Guinness
1. Kevin Kline


5. Married to the MobTerrible film that just doesn’t work at all. Pfeiffer doesn’t have any chemistry with any of the 3 males she is attached to (Baldwin, Modine and Stockwell). The premise is actually an interesting one but the attempt to make this a comedy was a mistake. This might have worked much better as a straight drama. Most of the mobster are caricatures and they all play things as keystone cops which takes so much away from any impact this film could have. Too much of this film drags along and makes the viewer wish over and over that it would end sooner.
4. Running on EmptyInteresting idea that works on most levels.  Hirsch and Lahti are both quite good here but Phoenix is the main focus and definitely the stand out among the entire cast.  They give us a clear idea of the complexities of life on the run but more importantly we get to see how it affects a teenager even more than his parents. Phoenix was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this role even though he is much closer to actually being the lead here.  They do a great job of making this more of a coming of age story and showing how even as a youth finding your path in life is essential even if it sometimes may clash with the wants and needs of parents.
3. Little DorritAs with many of Dickens’ novels, this one is quite long and the film comes close to running nearly 6 hours. It feels a bit drawn out, but because of the way that the story is told, its actually quite essential in order to understand everything. Love the way that this film is essentially two stories even if they are just different viewpoints of the same events. This actually helps make things much clearer as the story moves along and gives the viewer a better overall perspective of the events portrayed here.  Jacobi is great in the lead even if they try too hard to make him look younger than he really is. Guinness does an excellent job in an integral supporting role and was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.
2. Tucker: The Man and His DreamBridges is great as the lead and he gives us so much reason to cheer for his character’s ambitious ideas. They present the politics and monopoly of the early car industry quite well. The fact that Director Coppola and Producer Lucas were fans of Tucker’s vision helps make this film seem as if it was made with so much love. Loved seeing so many great actors in supporting roles.
1. A Fish Called WandaAmazing cast that really work well together. Kline is superb here as Otto and definitely deserved his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Loved how each of the characters acted both smart and stupid depending on the particular situation. Emphasizes the fact that even thieves must be careful with who they want to trust.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes!  Kline is great in this role but none of the other nominees are very powerful roles.

Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!

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