Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 1983

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Charles Durning (To Be or Not to Be)
John Lithgow (Terms of Endearment)
Jack Nicholson (Terms of Endearment)
Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff)
Rip Torn (Cross Creek)

Biggest Snub:

Denholm Elliot – Trading Places

My Overall Thoughts:

This is another year with some great nominees, but one of them clearly gives the best performance of them and there wasn’t much of a competition here.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actor

5. Rip Torn
4. John Lithgow
3. Sam Shepard
2. Charles Durning
1. Jack Nicholson


4. Cross CreekInteresting idea that probably works much better on paper than on the screen. The story meanders along way too much and feels as if it is moving in place the entire time. They do manage to show the kind of life people led in rural areas and they are able to touch upon some great ideas along the way, but overall, this just doesn’t work well enough. Torn was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and Woodard for Best Supporting Actress for their performances, but neither really stand out so much as one would hope for.
3. To Be or Not to BeAmazing how a remake can be just as great as the original and even manage to update the story a bit making it even more poignant. Brooks is a genius because he makes this material feel like his own and he is perfect in the title role. The supporting cast is superb and is filled with Brooks regulars and others who aren’t usually considered comedic actors. This is a film I can watch over and over because it is so funny and truly spot-on.
2. Terms of EndearmentVery moving movie, deservingly won Best Picture and Director along with 3 other awards. Very poignant even after 35 years.
1. The Right StuffExcellent Epic tale of the space race that relied on the equally important public relations race. Still shorter than it should have been even with a 3 plus hour running time. Amazing cast that features some soon to be popular actors in pivotal roles.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  JN was very deserving of hos second Oscar for this standout performance where he is able to steal every scene he is in.

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

2 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 1983

  1. Nobody was beating Jack this year (not even a split vote with Lithgow). He was “Jack”. And the part was a beauty. Always wondered if – to his dying day – Burt Reynolds regretted turning down the role…

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