Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 1985

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Don Ameche (Cocoon)
Klaus Maria Brandauer (Out of Africa)
William Hickey (Prizzi’s Honor)
Robert Loggia (Jagged Edge)
Eric Roberts (Runaway Train)

Biggest Snub:

Christopher Lloyd – Back to the Future

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year where none of the nominees are spectacular but two of them stand out among the others as two veteran actors given roles that are very diverse from what they usually were given in the past.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actor

5. Eric Roberts
4. Klaus Maria Brandauer
3. William Hickey
2. Robert Loggia
1. Don Ameche


5. Runaway TrainFun film that works due the way that the tension keeps building up. Roberts and Voight are both fine here, but I’m not convinced that both deserved Oscar nominations for these roles. The action works well and they do a really nice job slowly raising the level of tension slightly as they move closer and closer towards a destructive crash. The music also works well with the atmosphere of the story. Great choice to have this take place in Alaska because it adds even more thrills with the snow and ice bombarding the train and its passengers.
4. Prizzi’s HonorNicholson and Turner are great here in the dark comedy about the mob. The story flows well and despite the characters not being as intelligent as those in most gangster films, it’s still lots of fun watching them. Interesting look at the dynamics of a mobster family gives us so much perspective on how things work. Supporting cast helps make this work even better especially Huston and Randolph in key roles.
3. Jagged EdgeExcellent crime thriller that works on numerous levels. Love the way that they keep so much of the plot ambiguous that it’s actually possible and conceivable that numerous characters are the killer. Bridges and Close are great here and we can feel the chemistry building between them as the film moves along. Coyote and Loggia are both excellent in supporting roles. Loggia was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for est Supporting Actor for his gruff portrayal of an investigator in this film. The twists and turns are superbly done here and they keep you guessing up until the very end or even afterwards
2. Out of AfricaEpicly done. Well deserving of the Best Picture. Parts are very slow, but done well.
1. CocoonVery good feel good type of movie that helps everyone think about finding ways to live life to the fullest no matter how old you are. Great cast.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes!  Of the nominees, DA is by far the best because he is able to truly embody a youthful presence despite his age.  Loggia also was able to give a great performance as a gruff investigator and is a relatively close second.

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

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