Michael Lonsdale – The Day of the Jackal
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a great year of nominees because each of the 5 nominees really show how important supporting characters can be to their films. One of them stands out among the rest and was a clear frontrunner.
5. Vincent Gardenia
4. Randy Quaid
3. Jason Miller
2. Jack Gilford
1. John Houseman
5. Bang the Drum Slowly – Nice story about friendship in difficult times and what one is willing to do for another in such circumstances. Unfortunately the chemistry between Moriarty and DeNiro is quite lacking here and it’s hard to imagine them really as friends. The story feels a bit rushed at certain points especially when they could possibly work to establish the friendship much more succinctly. Gardenia was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting actor for his performance as the team’s manager and he clearly does stand out among the entire cast.
4. The Last Detail – Interesting story that is fun to watch yet the story feels as if it drags along too much. The way that they try to make a political statement about the military especially during the Vietnam War comes across really well. The characters are all fine with Nicholson doing the best job. Both Nicholson and Quaid got Oscar nominations for this film. Still not sure how Last Flag Flying (2017) is a sequel to this film tho since it doesn’t seem as if the characters are the same ones in both films.
3. Save the Tiger – Lemmon is excellent here and with this Oscar win became the first actor to ever win both a supporting and lead Oscar. The storyline is grim and eventhough he is known for usually excelling in more upbeat roles, he really hit it out of the park here.
2. The Paper Chase – Interesting story about life in Law school that is completely overshadowed by the Oscar winning performance of John Houseman who was never an actor. The rest of the (now familiar) cast is fine, but none can hold a candle to Houseman.
1. The Exorcist – So much better than I had recalled. This film builds the story up really well and keeps things thrilling and interesting the entire time. I liked the fact that they approach this supernatural subject from a realistic perspective and try to show that something like this can actually happen. The pacing of this film works really well and nothing seems neither forced nor rushed. The cast is great and they are do a fine job keeping this exciting and powerful. Definitely was deserving of being the very first film from the horror genre to break the glass ceiling and get an Oscar nomination for Best Picture along with 9 other nominations. It managed to only win Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Absolutely! JH is clearly the best supporting actor of the 5 nominees. He steals every scene he is in and shows what it means to be a supporting character in a film by doing it so superbly the entire way through.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!