John Williams – Dial M for Murder
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 5 great nominees and any of their performances truly were deserving of winning this award, but the fact that three of the nominees were from the same film essentially works against all of them since they probably split the votes.
5. Tom Tully
4. Rod Steiger
3. Lee J. Cobb
2. Edmond O’Brien
1. Karl Malden
3. The Barefoot Contessa – Great film by Mankiewicz that is able to put together perspectives of 3 different men on the rise and fall of an actress who they discovered. The cast is superb and each of the main characters do a wonderful job fleshing out their profession as a moviemaker. Bogart is great in the lead, but he is outshown by both Gardner and O’Brien whenever they are on screen with him. The perspective shown here on Hollywood elites isn’t always a flattering one, but that helps make the story feel even more realistic. Love the way the story is told in flashback as it slowly lets us understand everything that transpired.
2. On the Waterfront – Should be seen on it’s own merit and not for underlying themes. Excellent acting. Very deserving of it’s Oscars including Best Picture and Director.
1. The Caine Mutiny – Great story that asks the age old question of who is more fit for command; a man with experience on paper or in the field? The top notch cast helps make this so enjoyable to watch. It can easily been seen how numerous other movies about command decisions in battle borrowed from this movie’s message. The questions raised here by Wouk are very adaptable to other real life situations.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! EO is great in TBC but KM was superb in OTW. The fact that 3 actors from that movie were in this category essentially cancelled each other out.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!