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Archive for November 3, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Actor – 1956

I don’t know what to do with 1956. I don’t hate it, but I don’t really like it either. I just end up shaking my head, going, “What can you do?”

Around the World in 80 Days wins Best Picture, and, again — what can you do? I understand that it’s big and expansive and a greatly entertaining film. But did it need to win Best Picture just because it was the biggest thing out there? (Note: This same argument would be had with Titanic.) Best Actress was Ingrid Bergman for Anastasia (talked about here), which I consider one of the worst single Best Actress decisions ever made, just because she had one already, and all of the other nominees gave much better performances than she did. Best Supporting Actor was Anthony Quinn for Lust for Life, which I’m not the biggest fan of, but he’s Anthony Quinn, so, meh. Best Supporting Actress was Dorothy Malone for Written on the Wind (talked about here), which I love as a decision. And Best Director was George Stevens for Giant (talked about here), which — thank god they didn’t fuck that one up. That’s one of the best directorial efforts ever put to film.

Which brings us to this category. I don’t like this. I love Yul Brynner, but I don’t like this decision.

BEST ACTOR – 1956

And the nominees were…

Yul Brynner, The King and I

James Dean, Giant

Kirk Douglas, Lust for Life

Rocky Hudson, Giant

Laurence Olivier, Richard III (more…)

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