Philippe Noiret – The Night of the Generals
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 5 very good performances by supporting actors in excellent films. None of them stands out among the others tho and there is no real front runner among them.
5. Michael J. Pollard
4. Gene Hackman
3. Cecil Kellaway
2. John Cassavetes
1. George Kennedy
4. Cool Hand Luke – Newman is great in this role because he feels like one of us and perseveres through every difficulty he is tasked with just solely on will. This helps him accomplish two goals; He gains respect from his fellow prisoners and drives the guards mad that he cannot be broken. Loved Kennedy in this because he seems like one of the hardest prisoners and grows to admire Luke so much that he becomes not only his friend but his follower and supporter in everything he does. Has its slow points and the theme is not an upbeat one but Newman’s Luke helps us thru with his perspective on life.
3. Bonnie and Clyde – The thing that makes this film so great is the chemistry between the two leads played by Beatty and Dunaway. The way that the plot is presented works really well because we see how things can slowly escalate in situations like this until they get completely out of hand. The supporting cast is just as good as the leads and its great seeing how Hackman, Parsons and Pollard each hold their own against the two powerhouse actors they are paired with. All 5 of them got Oscar nominations for their roles, but only Parsons walked away with gold that year.
2. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – Excellent movie, great acting, great dialogue and story with a very true message that even stands the test of time up through modern times.
1. The Dirty Dozen – Excellent movie, fun to watch, great performances by many well known actors. Very underrated
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes! None of the 5 performances are spectacular despite the fact that they are all quite good, so any one winning would be fine.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!