Lee Grant – In the Heat of the Night
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 4 good performances and one that is slightly better, but ultimately, any could have taken home Gold for their work here.
5. Mildred Natwick
4. Carol Channing
3. Katharine Ross
2. Beah Richards
1. Estelle Parsons
5. Thoroughly Modern Millie – Interesting idea that just isn’t presented well enough, The story drags on a bit too much and things could have been trimmed a bit in order to make things much more enjoyable. The songs are good, but none feel memorable enough especially with Andrews as the star. The cast is quite talented even if most of them appear years before they made a name for themselves. Channing was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance here. Some of the issues dealt with here would be more interesting to watch if the story had been presented more as a drama than as a comedy which takes so much away from the impact if could have.
4. The Graduate – This film is more iconic for a few of its scenes and its music but still isn’t as amazing as some claim. Cast is great with Hoffman, Bancroft and Ross all giving career defining performances. The music is amazing and the Simon & Garfunkel songs have always been associated with this film (and vice versa). There are some really great scenes in this film, but something just seems off in the way that the story is told. Nichols won Best Director for this film, but the film failed to win any of the other 6 nominations.
3. Barefoot in the Park – Simon’s amazing dialogue shines here. The snappy discussions between the characters feel so real and spontaneous that you can easily imagine it all being genuine. Redford and Fonda have great chemistry together and it’s nice to see how easily two diverse character personalities can connect so well yet also sqabble. A great reminder of young marital love before things in life get more complicated. The worries of the characters are minimal in the large scope but for them they are immense.
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. 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.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! EP is much better than the rest of the nominees and was quite deserving of her win this year.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!