Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 1970

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Richard S. Castellano (Lovers and Other Strangers)
Chief Dan George (Little Big Man)
Gene Hackman (I Never Sang for My Father)
John Marley (Love Story)
John Mills (Ryan’s Daughter)

Biggest Snub:

George Kennedy – Airport

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year with 3 nice performances and 2 great ones but one of the nominees was overly due for an award for such a storied career even if he wasn’t the best of the nominees.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actor

5. John Marley 
4. Chief Dan George
3. John Mills
2. Richard S. Castellano
1. Gene Hackman


5. Ryan’s DaughterEpicly done by Lean, but the story is very slow and depressing during the first two hours and only picks up and makes complete sense during the final hour.
4. Love StoryO’Neal and MacGraw are good here, but their chemistry together isn’t always as present as it probably should be. Liked the way that they are able to show a couple who prefer love over substance as they both try to break free from their vastly different upbringings. Milland is great as O’Neal’s overbearing father. Done really well, but not THE best film of the year.
3. Little Big ManInteresting tale of the life of man who experienced so much over the years as the US began to fight with the Indians for control over the west. Hoffman is quite good in this Forrest Gump-y type of role, but is far from perfect. George is great in a supporting role as an optimistic Indian chief always hoping that will will eventually work out for the better.  He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this performance. This is a tale that touches upon so many different parts of life and works on numerous levels as both an adventure story and also as the story of a man seeking to understand who he is and why he was put on the Earth.
2. Lovers and Other StrangersGreat film that manages to show various perspectives of marriage by different extended family members at different stages of their lives.  Amazing cast of characters that all seem to believe that they have the right outlook on life, love and marriage yet obviously their opinions all contradict one another.  The words of wisdom that all try to impart on others are written so well because they manage to get so many different viewpoint to seem so realistic and genuine. Castellano was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this role and he does a fine job as the patriarch of a family trying to impart his wisdom on his two sons.
1. I Never Sang for My FatherGreat movie about child-parent relationships and how much work can be involved on both sides in order to perfect them even after many years. Hackman and Douglas are both great here. Dialogue is superbly written and I think that this is more effective as a movie than it would be as a stage play.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yea and No!  I understand that Mills does a nice job with his role, but this feels more like a career award than one for this role. Hackman does a much better job with a very difficult dramatic role and Castellano is also near perfect with his comedic performance, but I guess Mills was finally due his award after such a great career.

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

One thought on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 1970

  1. I believe it was also the only nomination of Mills career (his daughter Hayley had already won a special juvenile Oscar for her work in “Pollyanna” before they stopped giving those awards) and Mills – the rudite Brit – was so far afield from his usual roles with this one that I feel it was quite well deserved, as good as some of the others were in his category.


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