Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 1979

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Melvyn Douglas (Being There)
Robert Duvall (Apocalypse Now)
Frederic Forrest (The Rose)
Justin Henry (Kramer vs. Kramer)
Mickey Rooney (The Black Stallion)

Biggest Snub:

David Warner – Time After Time

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year with two outstanding performances that were neck in neck the whole way even tying at the Globes.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actor

5. Mickey Rooney
4. Frederic Forrest
3. Justin Henry
2. Melvyn Douglas
1. Robert Duvall


5. The Black StallionExtremely boring film that takes too long to get to its point. The novel just doesn’t translate well enough to the screen because most of what transpires through the first half of the film is wordless. The one good thing about this film is its cinematography and we get to watch beautiful landscapes along with the tedious story. I recall liking this as a kid, but now I have no understanding as to why.
4. The RoseGood music, but the storyline itself feels lost and without direction. Midler is a really good singer, but not necessarily an amazing actress. The concert scenes were enjoyable to watch, but everything in between just rambled on and on.
3. Being ThereGreat use of analogy for how politics works. Sellers is spectacular in the lead role and it is among his best dramatic performances despite it’s satirical undertones. Douglas is also great in a supporting role and deservingly won an Oscar for his performance. The way that the story unfolds is great because they show how absurd politics can sometimes get when they try to make improvements on the way things are being done. This idea is still very relevant even after 40 years.
2. Kramer vs. KramerDepicts some of the hard aspects of divorce from a father’s perspective. Done very well. Very deserving of its multiple Oscar wins including Picture, Director, Actor and Actress.
1. Apocalypse NowMovie that can be understood on multiple levels but any way you look at it, it’s close to being a masterpiece. Amazing cast works so well throughout.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No!  I think that MD was a deserving winner for his work on BT yet I still believe that RD should have won for his amazing performance in AN.

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

3 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 1979

  1. Here we go… Nothing “boring” about black Stallion – right from the opening ship sinking and the boy and horse plunged into the ocean – none of which had a thing to do with Rooney’s performance. Full disclosure – a friend of mine from film school adapted the screenplay. And one of my teachers – John Milius – wrote Apocalypse Now – which he gave us in writing class years before the film was made.I barely remember Melvin Douglas in being There. I DO remember Sellers and MacLaine. The Rose was excellent as a thinly veiled story based on Janis Joplin. And IMO, Midler was superb in the title role. every bit as good (or better) than this year’s performance by Lady Gaga in A Star is Born. Duvall was terrific in AN – but for me, 8 year old Justin Henry was the best of the bunch. Didn’t help him being 8 vs. veterans or the fact that he had a meltdown at the Golden Globes when he lost to 9 year old ricky schroeder as “new male star of the year” -but he was EIGHT!! As for “snubs” – I love Time After Time, so Warner’s a worthy candidate – but I’d also mention many of the cast from “Breaking Away” as well – Paul Dooley, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern and Jackie Earle Haley. And forgive the throwback – but for 2000 – I think David Morse was absolutely ROBBED of a supporting nomination for “Proof of Life”.

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