Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull)
Barbara Hershey – The Stunt Man
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 5 pretty lack luster nominees. None of them gives a stand out performance here and any of them could have won.
5. Eva Le Gallienne
4. Mary Steenburgen
3. Cathy Moriarty
2. Eileen Brennan
1. Diana Scarwid
5. Melvin and Howard – Pretty boring film that doesn’t work well at all. The story meanders along too much and feels like it’s way too choppy and is missing integral parts to the story itself. Robards was nominated for an Oscar for his brief supporting role but it feels more like a nomination solely because he is a great actor and not necessarily due to his performance in this film itself.
4. Private Benjamin– Not such a great movie. Hawn has a few good moments here, but overall, just a mediocre movie that doesn’t stand the test of time.
3. Resurrection – Interesting idea that just doesn’t manage to stay enjoyable for a two hour run time. Burstyn is pretty good in the lead and allows the viewer to see how such an event could affect someone so much that they can become to believe in things that they easily rejected beforehand. Eva Le Gallienne was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Burstyn’s grandmother, but she unfortunately isn’t as much of a standout as one could hope for. The rest of the supporting cast is also quite good here and I especially liked seeing DeMunn in a small yet significant role.
2. Inside Moves – Great film that really gets to the heart of the idea of what are true friends really like. The characters are all developed quite well and the way that they are all presented shows how deep their friendship and camaraderie is. The various handicaps of each of the characters helps each of them form a bond with the group as they all become quite close while trying to help one another. The cast is great with Savage and Morse both doing splendid jobs with their somewhat difficult roles. Great seeing Russell in this film and he adds a very poignant feeling to the group of disabled friends. Scarwid was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role and we get to see how vulnerable a person can be in certain situations. Her character arc is among the best in the film and is easy to relate to because it’s so grounded.
1. Raging Bull – This is a great movie largely due to the amazing transformative performance by De Niro. The story itself is quite brutal and dark and shows sometimes how life can imitate art depending on the personalities involved. The boxing scenes are well choreographed and you quite often feel as if you are in the ring right there with them. There are many scenes are feel like roadside accident but despite the blood, we all can’t stop trying to catch a glimpse of what happens.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – I guess so! None of these nominees are more memorable or powerful than any of the others so any could have won here, so MS was as good a choice as any. I personally think that Scarwid did the best job with the role she takes on in IM.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!