Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 1963

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Nick Adams (Twilight of Honor)
Bobby Darin (Captain Newman, M.D.)
Melvyn Douglas (Hud)
Hugh Griffith (Tom Jones)
John Huston (The Cardinal)

Biggest Snub:

Donald Pleasance – The Great Escape

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year with 5 ok performances without any of them being far ahead of the others in any way.  Any of them could have won but 2 of them are slightly better than the rest.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actor

5. Bobby Darin
4. Hugh Griffith
3. John Huston
2. Melvyn Douglas
1. Nick Adams


5. Tom JonesBoring movie. Cant understand how it won Best picture. Stay away
4. Captain Newman, M.D.This film loses so much of its power due to the fact that it can’t decide whether to be a comedy or a drama. The script is quite uneven and the viewer isn’t quite sure about who or what to care for. the star studded cast can’t help keep this film afloat.
3. HudNot the most entertaining story, but great performances by the four main actors which gave both Douglas and Neal Oscar wins for their performances.
2. The CardinalPreminger tells an epic tale that is more under appreciated that it probably should be. Those more familiar with the Catholic religion probably will get even more out of this than those of us who don’t.
1. Twilight of HonorGreat court room drama that borders on the risque because it deals with issues that weren’t so exposed back when this came out. Chamberlain is great in his debut role and is helped along by a great performance by Rains as his mentor. The storyline moves along at a great pace and keeps the viewer guessing as we get to see the various viewpoints of the different witnesses to parts of the crime even if they conflict with one another. Adams was very deserving of his Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for this role.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No!  MD does a really nice job in Hud and this feels like a career win since none of the other nominees were amazing but I think that NA was much more of a standout in ToH and probably should have won.

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

One thought on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 1963

  1. Pleasance WAS very good in Great Escape – just don’t think he was better than the 5 nominees.And we’ve discussed this before, so I won’t tell you again how incredibly wrong you are about Tom Jones.And had Hugh Griffith not won 4 years earlier for Ben Hur, he might have had a better chance here.Melvin Douglas was very good in HUD, and had been around since the 40s, so it may well have been a career award to a degree. I’ve never seen Twilight of Honor – so can’t comment on Nick Adams, but I also like Captain Newman, MD a lot more than you (I’d read the novel – and the movie kept the same tone – the absurdity and comedy and horror of war – a sort of precursor to Catch 22 – and Bobby Darin -a singer – who’d made some light comedies with his (then) wife – Sandra Dee – was absolutely spectacular in this film – and his one scene – hypnotized to be able to relive his bomber being shot down and his crew all being killed – was, IMO, riveting – and enough to win him this award.

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