Denzel Washington (Cry Freedom)
R. Lee Ermey – Full Metal Jacket
My Overall Thoughts:
This is an interesting year. It is filled with 5 very good nominees but it seems to have ultimately come down to a battle between a veteran actor and a young actor who gives a great supporting performance that propelled him to the top.
5. Morgan Freeman
4. Vincent Gardenia
3. Albert Brooks
2. Sean Connery
1. Denzel Washington
5. Street Smart – Pretty mediocre idea that is more laughable than poignant. Reeve is good here because it’s a very different kind of role than he was usually cast in. The fact that Freeman was nominated for his first Oscar for his role as the pimp, is quite perplexing to me since he doesn’t really stand out enough in the role. The storyline is quite gritty but things just don’t really work as well as one would hope that they could.
4. Moonstruck – This film is quite good, but it highly over-rated. Cher and Cage have no chemistry together what so ever and it’s kind of torture watching them act together. Gardenia, Mahoney and Dukakis are the true stars of this film and are all wonderful in supporting roles. The idea of the love in the atmosphere comes across really well and is mostly believable. Perhaps if the leads were played by better actors, it would have been even more enjoyable to watch.
3. Broadcast News – Interesting love triangle movie. Not as good as I recall, but still done extremely well. Hurt, Brooks and Hunter all have great chemistry together.
2. Cry Freedom – Powerful film about Apartheid that is accentuated by great performances by both Kline and Washington. The story is gripping throughout and that is enhanced by the fact that this is based on a true story. Attenborough does a brilliant job capturing the essence of the conflict without being preachy about it. The film is a bit long, but the epic scale of how the story is told warrants it in order to give the viewer a much better understanding of the whole situation. Washington was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscar for his performance in this film.
1. The Untouchables – Excellent portrayal of 1930’s era cops and robbers. Costner, Connery, Garcia and DeNiro are all perfectly cast. Although not at historically accurate its such a fun and engaging crime story. Shows us how corrupt Chicago policemen and other officials became at the time and I liked how they showed Italian vs. Irish cops and how they could work together or against each other.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! Connery is a great actor and was deserving of this award which seems more like a career award instead of specifically for his great performance here. Washington probably should have won, but I’m still ok with Connery’s win.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!