Tomorrow’s the Academy Awards (ugh; that time AGAIN)…there will be a live thread Sunday; feel free to jump in and snark away (or read for updates if you can’t bear to watch). Here, as usual, we make no predictions (3Ders = not known for their love of the Current-Run Film). Rather, we look backwards: when men were men, movies were movies, and Kriskey would write in the weekend threads.
Take a look at the links for previous Best Actress and Best Actors, and pick your favorites from the recipients. The dates given are the year of the ceremony (I’ve listed mine with the year of the film). I was surprised to discover that most of my all-time favorite performances were NOT Oscar-winners.
But these were:
5. Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird/1962) : Because…obviously.
4. Spencer Tracy (Captains Courageous/1937) : This was for playing against type (a poor Portuguese fisherman?). And yet, Tracy’s standard steely-eyed gaze was there in one of my favorite moments: when he faces down John Carradine in defense of Freddie Bartholomew.
3. Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl/1977) : He was rumored to be coked up while filming this. I don’t even care. As Elliot moves from obnoxious, know-it-all, arrogant dork to infatuated romantic hero, I swoon right along with Marsha Mason’s Paula.
2. Diane Keaton (Annie Hall/1977) : Because sometimes they SHOULD get the Oscar for playing themselves. [Note: two of the best comic performances — and certainly two of my favorites — were from films released in the same year]
1. Vivien Leigh (Gone With the Wind/1939) : You couldn’t love this Scarlett, but you always agreed with Rhett’s reluctant admiration: “What a woman!”