Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 1960

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Peter Falk (Murder, Inc.)
Jack Kruschen (The Apartment)
Sal Mineo (Exodus)
Peter Ustinov (Spartacus)
Chill Wills (The Alamo)

Biggest Snub:

Eli Wallach – The Magnificent Seven

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year with 5 excellent nominees and any of them would have been quite deserving of taking home Gold.  There was no clear front runner and things were up in the air throughout the awards season.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actor

5. Peter Falk
4. Sal Mineo
3. Chill Wills
2. Peter Ustinov
1. Jack Kruschen


5. The AlamoGreat movie, nicely done by Wayne. Moving tale of heroism, but it seems a bit campy and doesn’t hold up as well over time.
4. Murder, Inc.Great depiction of the way that the various gangsters decided to work together in order to have each group specialize in a different field.  The story is told quite well and we get a clear picture as to why this idea was originally formed and how it was enacted as a way to make the mob even more powerful against their enemies. The dilemmas of the characters involved in parts of the schemes feel quite poignant and its easy to understand how and why things eventually fell apart. Falk is great in this film and was quite deserving of an Oscar nomination for his performance in this film.
3. ExodusA bit long-winded, but the performances by Newman, Cobb, Saint, Mineo and the rest of the cast make it worthwhile to watch. Since the movie is only based around historical events, those of us familiar with the real history will be slightly disappointed in how events are stretched, but it’s still a very enjoyable story to watch unfold. Preminger truly was a great director of Epics!
2. SpartacusGreat movie that really shows us so much about life under Roman rule both for citizens and for slaves. Amazing cast helps make this film even better. This IMHO is truly Dalton Trumbo’s triumphant screenplay because it is written so well. The 3 1/4 hours is the perfect length to tell such a powerful and emotional tale of freedom from bondage and the ability to make ones own decisions in life and in death.
1. The ApartmentExcellent movie, has the perfect blend of drama and comedy, written extremely well by Billy Wilder. Very deserving of its Oscar wins.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No!  PU was a very deserving winner, but I think JK did a slightly better job 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 1960

  1. Disagree with you here. IMO – Ustinov was far and away the best of this group. Kruschen was solid in The Apartment, but the role of the wise neighbor/doctor was one he could play in his sleep. Ustinov was absolutely perfect as the beleaguered owner of the gladiator school. His scenes with Laughton and Jean Simmons are touching and an acting lesson. As for Wallach – he was good – he also chewed up every available piece of scenery in sight. Trivia: Chill Wills got in some trouble with the Academy for over-campaigning for the award. He took out full page ads in the trades featuring pictures of the cast and crew of “The Alamo” stating that they were all praying as hard as the real Alamo fighters for “Cousin Chill” to win. Groucho Marx, an Academy voter, took out his own ad, saying, “I’d love to be your cousin, but I’m voting for Sal Mineo”.

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