Charles Bronson – Once Upon a Time in the West
My Overall Thoughts:
This was a year with two amazing performances, one great one and two so-so ones among the nominees but it really was anyone’s chance to win since there was truly no real front runner.
5. Jack Wild
4. Seymour Cassel
3. Daniel Massey
2. Gene Wilder
1. Jack Albertson
5. Star! – Extremely boring and tedious biography that isn’t enjoyable at all. Andrews feels wrong in the lead and never manages to make us care about he character at all. Massey is the one bright note here as Coward and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this portrayal. The music isn’t enjoyable enough and fails to keep things engaging. The film is much too long and might have been better if it had been shorter even though that is also a gamble because it would probably be quite hard making this film enjoyable.
4. Faces – Interesting premise that just isn’t presented well enough. The characters are not sympathetic at all and in some ways feel way too superficial which makes it so hard to care about what will happen to any of them. Yes, this film was probably quite groundbreaking when it came out, but now, it just doesn’t work at all. Cast is quite good and they give somewhat realistic performances, but its too difficult to care about any of them by the way they are presented. Cassel and Carlin were both nominated for Oscar for their supporting roles, but neither was able to win.
3. Oliver! – Not one of the best movies to win Best Picture, but it was a weak year. The choreography is truly awe-inspiring here even though the story isn’t so strong.
2. The Producers – Hilarious idea by Brooks that works so well. The combination of Mostel and Wilder is perfect and they have amazing chemistry together that helps things move along on this roller coaster of fun. The jokes, delivery and lyrics to the songs are all written so perfectly and its so hard not to laugh even when dealing with the subject of Nazis. The premise is ingenious and makes one realize how crazy the entertainment industry can be because the ideas presented here are quite sound ideas. Wilder is amazing as the straight man to Mostel’s comedian and his naivete and innocence makes us love his character even more.
1. The Subject Was Roses – Excellent written dialogue, great performances by all 3 actors. Albertson won a Best Supporting Oscar for his role here. Based on Tony Award and Pulizer Prize winning play.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! JA was great in TSWR as was GW in TP and I think either could have won because they were both much better than the other 3.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!