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The Oscar Quest: A Viewer’s Guide (Best Supporting Actor)

The two macro articles I put up each time I do the Quest are the Viewer’s Guide and the Rankings. The Rankings are self-explanatory. The Viewer’s Guide is more universal. One is specific to the categories and picking winners. The Viewer’s Guide is more about how I feel about the films. If you wanted to find Oscar films to watch, you come here, and I tell you how I feel.

Last time I put out the Viewer’s Guide, it was done with a big color code, with each color used to signify how I felt about a film. Not the best system, especially since I put out hundreds of reviews each year on a star system. So we’re moving to the star system now.

Pretty simple — for each Oscar nominee’s film, I’ll assign a rating the way I’d assign a rating to any film I see each year. I don’t think anything’s gone under 2.5 stars, since I don’t think there are truly bad films nominated. The worst you’ll see is 2.5 stars, which for me means I was indifferent toward it. 3 stars is “pretty good.” 3.5 stars is “solid.” 4 stars is “liked it quite a bit.” 4.5 stars is “loved it.” And 5 stars is 5 stars.

The idea is for the ratings to help you find stuff you might like. Also, for each category I’ll tell you what I voted for, what I think would have held up as a winner from that category and how good a choice I think it was.

Here’s Best Supporting Actor:

2016 – Mahershala Ali, Moonlight * * * * * (5 stars)

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Dev Patel, Lion — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

What Would Have Held Up: N/A

The Choice: A-

2015 – Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Christian Bale, The Big Short — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Tom Hardy, The Revenant — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Sylvester Stallone, Creed — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Sylvester Stallone, Creed

What Would Have Held Up: N/A

The Choice: B+

2014 – J.K. Simmons, Whiplash– * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Robert Duvall, The Judge — * * * (3 stars)

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood — * * * * (4 stars)

Edward Norton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

What Would Have Held Up: N/A

The Choice: A

2013 – Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club* * * * (4 stars)

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

My Vote: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

What Would Have Held Up: N/A

The Choice: A-

2012 – Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained — * * * * * (5 stars)

Alan Arkin, Argo — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

My Vote: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

What Would Have Held Up: Hoffman, Waltz, maybe Jones, possibly De Niro

The Choice: B

2011 – Christopher Plummer, Beginners — * * * (3 stars)

Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn — * * * (3 stars)

Jonah Hill, Moneyball — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Nick Nolte, Warrior — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: Nick Nolte, Warrior

What Would Have Held Up: Nolte, von Sydow maybe. Plummer sort of has.

The Choice: B-

2010 – Christian Bale, The Fighter — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Jeremy Renner, The Town — * * * * (4 stars)

Mark Ruffalo, The Kids are All Right — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

My Vote: Christian Bale, The Fighter

What Would Have Held Up: Bale, Rush

The Choice: A-

2009 – Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds — * * * * * (5 stars)

Matt Damon, Invictus — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Woody Harrelson, The Messenger — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Christopher Plummer, The Last Station — * * * (3 stars)

Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones — * * * (3 stars)

My Vote: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

What Would Have Held Up: Waltz

The Choice: A

2008 – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight — * * * * * (5 stars)

Josh Brolin, Milk — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt — * * * * (4 stars)

Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

What Would Have Held Up: Ledger. And then maybe Hoffman a way’s back

The Choice: A+

2007 – Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford — * * * * * (5 stars)

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson’s War — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild — * * * * (4 stars)

Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

My Vote: Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men

What Would Have Held Up: Bardem. Then Wilkinson. Then Affleck.

The Choice: A+

2006 – Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond — * * * (3 stars)

Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Mark Wahlberg, The Departed — * * * * * (5 stars)

My Vote: Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls

What Would Have Held Up: Murphy. Maybe Haley.

The Choice: C

2005 – George Clooney, Syriana — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Matt Dillon, Crash — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

William Hurt, A History of Violence — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: William Hurt, A History of Violence

What Would Have Held Up: Clooney has. Gyllenhaal maybe. Hurt possibly.

The Choice: B

2004 – Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby — * * * * (4 stars)

Alan Alda, The Aviator — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Thomas Haden Church, Sideways — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Jamie Foxx, Collateral — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Clive Owen, Closer — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: Clive Owen, Closer

What Would Have Held Up: Owen. Freeman on stature not performance. Possibly Church.

The Choice: B-

2003 – Tim Robbins, Mystic River — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Alec Baldwin, The Cooler — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Benicio del Toro, 21 Grams — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Djimon Hounsou, In America — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Ken Watanabe, The Last Samurai — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Alec Baldwin, The Cooler

What Would Have Held Up: Robbins has. Watanabe maybe. Baldwin maybe.

The Choice: B

2002 – Chris Cooper, Adaptation — * * * * * (5 stars)

Ed Harris, The Hours — * * * * (4 stars)

Paul Newman, Road to Perdition — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

John C. Reilly, Chicago — * * * * (4 stars)

Christopher Walken, Catch Me if You Can — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

My Vote: Christopher Walken, Catch Me If You Can

What Would Have Held Up: Cooper, Newman, Walken

The Choice: B+

2001 – Jim Broadbent, Iris — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Ethan Hawke, Training Day — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Ben Kingsley, Sexy Beast — * * * * (4 stars)

Ian McKellen, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring — * * * * * (5 stars)

Jon Voight, Ali — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: Ben Kingsley, Sexy Beast

What Would Have Held Up: Kingsley, McKellen, Broadbent mostly has

The Choice: B/B+

2000 – Benicio del Toro, Traffic — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Jeff Bridges, The Contender — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Willem Dafoe, Shadow of the Vampire — * * * * (4 stars)

Albert Finney, Erin Brockovich — * * * * (4 stars)

Joaquin Phoenix, Gladiator — * * * * * (5 stars)

My Vote: Benicio Del Toro, Traffic

What Would Have Held Up: Del Toro. Potentially Dafoe. Maybe Finney.

The Choice: A-

1999 – Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules — * * * * (4 stars)

Tom Cruise, Magnolia — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Michael Clarke Duncan, The Green Mile — * * * * (4 stars)

Jude Law, The Talented Mr. Ripley — * * * * (4 stars)

Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Tom Cruise, Magnolia

What Would Have Held Up: Cruise would have. Caine has to an extent. Maybe Law.

The Choice: B-/B

1998 – James Coburn, Affliction — * * * (3 stars)

Robert Duvall, A Civil Action — * * * * (4 stars)

Ed Harris, The Truman Show — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Geoffrey Rush, Shakespeare in Love — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Billy Bob Thornton, A Simple Plan — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Billy Bob Thornton, A Simple Plan

What Would Have Held Up: Jury’s out on Coburn. The rest of them actually could have I think.

The Choice: C+

1997 – Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Robert Forster, Jackie Brown — * * * * * (5 stars)

Anthony Hopkins, Amistad — * * * * (4 stars)

Greg Kinnear, As Good as It Gets — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Burt Reynolds, Boogie Nights — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

My Vote: Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting

What Would Have Held Up: Williams, Reynolds

The Choice: A-

1996 – Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jerry Maguire — * * * * * (5 stars)

William H. Macy, Fargo — * * * * * (5 stars)

Armin Mueller-Stahl, Shine — * * * * (4 stars)

Edward Norton, Primal Fear — * * * * (4 stars)

James Woods, Ghosts of Mississippi — * * * (3 stars)

My Vote: Edward Norton, Primal Fear

What Would Have Held Up: Macy, Norton. Gooding has, on performance.

The Choice: B+

1995 – Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects — * * * * * (5 stars)

James Cromwell, Babe — * * * * (4 stars)

Ed Harris, Apollo 13 — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Brad Pitt, Twelve Monkeys — * * * * (4 stars)

Tim Roth, Rob Roy — * * * (3 stars)

My Vote: Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects

What Would Have Held Up: Category fraud aside, Spacey has

The Choice: A-

1994 – Martin Landau, Ed Wood — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction — * * * * * (5 stars)

Chazz Palminteri, Bullets Over Broadway  — * * * * (4 stars)

Paul Scofield, Quiz Show — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Gary Sinise, Forrest Gump — * * * * * (5 stars)

My Vote: Martin Landau, Ed Wood

What Would Have Held Up: Landau. Jackson. Sinise maybe. The other two also, to a lesser extent.

The Choice: A/A+

1993 – Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Leonardo DiCaprio, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape  — * * * * (4 stars)

Ralph Fiennes, Schindler’s List — * * * * * (5 stars)

John Malkovich, In the Line of Fire — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Pete Postlethwaite, In the Name of the Father — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Ralph Fiennes, Schindler’s List

What Would Have Held Up: Fiennes. DiCaprio, probably. Jones somewhat has. Postlethwaite could have.

The Choice: B/B-

1992 – Gene Hackman, Unforgiven — * * * * * (5 stars)

Jaye Davidson, The Crying Game — * * * * (4 stars)

Jack Nicholson, A Few Good Men — * * * * * (5 stars)

Al Pacino, Glengarry Glen Ross — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

David Paymer, Mr. Saturday Night — * * * (3 stars)

My Vote: Jack Nicholson, A Few Good Men

What Would Have Held Up: Nicholson, Hackman

The Choice: B/B+

1991 – Jack Palance, City Slickers — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Tommy Lee Jones, JFK — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Harvey Keitel, Bugsy — * * * * (4 stars)

Ben Kingsley, Bugsy — * * * * (4 stars)

Michael Lerner, Barton Fink — * * * * * (5 stars)

My Vote: Michael Lerner, Barton Fink

What Would Have Held Up: If any, Palance or Lerner

The Choice: C

1990 – Joe Pesci, Goodfellas — * * * * * (5 stars)

Bruce Davidson, Longtime Companion — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Andy Garcia, The Godfather Part III — * * * * (4 stars)

Graham Greene, Dances with Wolves — * * * * (4 stars)

Al Pacino, Dick Tracy — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Joe Pesci, Goodfellas

What Would Have Held Up: Pesci

The Choice: A+

1989 – Denzel Washington, Glory — * * * * (4 stars)

Danny Aiello, Do the Right Thing — * * * * * (5 stars)

Dan Aykroyd, Driving Miss Daisy — * * * * (4 stars)

Marlon Brando, A Dry White Season — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Martin Landau, Crimes and Misdemeanors — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote:

What Would Have Held Up:

The Choice:

1988 – Kevin Kline, A Fish Called Wanda — * * * * (4 stars)

Alec Guinness, Little Dorrit — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Martin Landau, Tucker: The Man and His Dream — * * * * (4 stars)

River Phoenix, Running on Empty — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Dean Stockwell, Married to the Mob — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: Kevin Kline, A Fish Called Wanda

What Would Have Held Up: Kline. I guess Phoenix

The Choice: B

1987 – Sean Connery, The Untouchables — * * * * * (5 stars)

Albert Brooks, Broadcast News — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Morgan Freeman, Street Smart — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Vincent Gardenia, Moonstruck — * * * * (4 stars)

Denzel Washington, Cry Freedom — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: Sean Connery, The Untouchables

What Would Have Held Up: Connery has. Brooks, Freeman and Denzel could have.

The Choice: B+

1986 – Michael Caine, Hannah and Her Sisters — * * * (3 stars)

Tom Berenger, Platoon — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Willem Dafoe, Platoon — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Denholm Elliott, A Room with a View — * * * (3 stars)

Dennis Hopper, Hoosiers — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

My Vote: Tom Berenger, Platoon

What Would Have Held Up: Berenger, Dafoe. Caine kind of has.

The Choice: B

1985 – Don Ameche, Cocoon — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Klaus Maria Brandauer, Out of Africa — * * * * (4 stars)

William Hickey, Prizzi’s Honor — * * * * (4 stars)

Robert Loggia, Jagged Edge — * * * (3 stars)

Eric Roberts, Runaway Train — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Out of Africa

What Would Have Held Up: Ehh.

The Choice: C/C-

1984 – Haing S. Ngor, The Killing Fields — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Adolph Caesar, A Soldier’s Story — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

John Malkovich, Places in the Heart — * * * * (4 stars)

Pat Morita, The Karate Kid — * * * * (4 stars)

Ralph Richardson, Greystroke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes — * * * (3 stars)

My Vote: Haing S. Ngor, The Killing Fields

What Would Have Held Up: Ngor, then Caesar

The Choice: B+

1983 – Jack Nicholson, Terms of Endearment — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Charles Durning, To Be or Not to Be — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

John Lithgow, Terms of Endearment — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Sam Shepard, The Right Stuff — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Rip Torn, Cross Creek — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

My Vote: Sam Shepard, The Right Stuff

What Would Have Held Up: Shepard could have. Nicholson maybe has?

The Choice: B-

1982 – Louis Gossett, Jr. An Officer and a Gentleman — * * * * (4 stars)

Charles Durning, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

John Lithgow, The World According to Garp — * * * * (4 stars)

James Mason, The Verdict — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Robert Preston, Victor Victoria — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: Lou Gossett Jr., An Officer and a Gentleman

What Would Have Held Up: Gossett. Potentially Lithgow

The Choice: B

1981 – John Gielgud, Arthur — * * * * * (5 stars)

James Coco, Only When I Laugh — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Ian Holm, Chariots of Fire — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Jack Nicholson, Reds — * * * * (4 stars)

Howard Rollins, Ragtime — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: John Gielgud, Arthur

What Would Have Held Up: Gielgud, Nicholson, and probably Rollins

The Choice: A-/B+

1980 – Timothy Hutton, Ordinary People — * * * * (4 stars)

Judd Hirsch, Ordinary People — * * * * (4 stars)

Michael O’Keefe, The Great Santini — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Joe Pesci, Raging Bull — * * * * * (5 stars)

Jason Robards, Melvin and Howard — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: Timothy Hutton, Ordinary People

What Would Have Held Up: Hutton first. Pesci could have. Robards maybe

The Choice: B+

1979 – Melvyn Douglas, Being There — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now — * * * * * (5 stars)

Justin Henry, Kramer vs. Kramer — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Frederic Forrest, The Rose — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Mickey Rooney, The Black Stallion — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now

What Would Have Held Up: Duvall

The Choice: B-

1978 – Christopher Walken, The Deer Hunter — * * * * * (5 stars)

Bruce Dern, Coming Home — * * * * (4 stars)

Richard Farnsworth, Comes a Horseman — * * * (3 stars)

John Hurt, Midnight Express — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Jack Warden, Heaven Can Wait — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Christopher Walken, The Deer Hunter

What Would Have Held Up: Walken. Then Dern.

The Choice: A-

1977 – Jason Robards, Julia — * * * * (4 stars)

Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Turning Point — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Peter Firth, Equus — * * * (3 stars)

Alec Guinness, Star Wars — * * * * * (5 stars)

Maximilian Schell, Julia — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Alec Guinness, Star Wars

What Would Have Held Up: Guinness. Robards too.

The Choice: B

1976 – Jason Robards, All the President’s Men — * * * * * (5 stars)

Ned Beatty, Network — * * * * * (5 stars)

Burgess Meredith, Rocky — * * * * * (5 stars)

Laurence Olivier, Marathon Man — * * * * (4 stars)

Burt Young, Rocky — * * * * * (5 stars)

My Vote: Jason Robards, All the President’s Men

What Would Have Held Up: Robards. Meredith. Young. Olivier. Maybe even Beatty.

The Choice: A

1975 – George Burns, The Sunshine Boys — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Brad Dourif, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest — * * * * * (5 stars)

Burgess Meredith, The Day of the Locust — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Chris Sarandon, Dog Day Afternoon — * * * * * (5 stars)

Jack Warden, Shampoo — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: George Burns, The Sunshine Boys

What Would Have Held Up: Burns has. Sarandon maybe. Dourif possibly.

The Choice: B/B+

1974 – Robert De Niro, The Godfather Part II — * * * * * (5 stars)

Fred Astaire, The Towering Inferno — * * * * (4 stars)

Jeff Bridges, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot — * * * * (4 stars)

Michael V. Gazzo, The Godfather Part II — * * * * * (5 stars)

Lee Strasberg, The Godfather Part II — * * * * * (5 stars)

My Vote: Robert De Niro, The Godfather Part II

What Would Have Held Up: De Niro

The Choice: A

1973 – John Houseman, The Paper Chase — * * * (3 stars)

Vincent Gardenia, Bang the Drum Slowly — * * * * (4 stars)

Jack Gilford, Save the Tiger — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Jason Miller, The Exorcist — * * * * * (5 stars)

Randy Quaid, The Last Detail — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Jason Miller, The Exorcist

What Would Have Held Up: If any, Miller or Quaid

The Choice: C

1972 – Joel Grey, Cabaret — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Eddie Albert, The Heartbreak Kid — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

James Caan, The Godfather — * * * * * (5 stars)

Robert Duvall, The Godfather — * * * * * (5 stars)

Al Pacino, The Godfather — * * * * * (5 stars)

My Vote: Al Pacino, The Godfather

What Would Have Held Up: Pacino, Caan, Grey

The Choice: B+

1971 – Ben Johnson, The Last Picture Show — * * * * (4 stars)

Jeff Bridges, The Last Picture Show — * * * * (4 stars)

Leonard Frey, Fiddler on the Roof — * * * * (4 stars)

Richard Jaeckel, Sometimes a Great Notion — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Roy Scheider, The French Connection — * * * * * (5 stars)

My Vote: Ben Johnson, The Last Picture Show

What Would Have Held Up: Johnson

The Choice: B+

1970 – John Mills, Ryan’s Daughter — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Richard S. Castellano, Lovers and Other Strangers — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Chief Dan George, Little Big Man — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Gene Hackman, I Never Sang for My Father — * * * (3 stars)

John Marley, Love Story — * * * * * (5 stars)

My Vote: Chief Dan George, Little Big Man

What Would Have Held Up: Ehh.

The Choice: C-

1969 – Gig Young, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Rupert Crosse, The Reivers — * * * (3 stars)

Elliott Gould, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Jack Nicholson, Easy Rider — * * * * (4 stars)

Anthony Quayle, Anne of the Thousand Days — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Gig Young They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

What Would Have Held Up: Young, maybe Nicholson

The Choice: A-

1968 – Jack Albertson, The Subject Was Roses — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Seymour Cassel, Faces — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Daniel Massey, Star! — * * * (3 stars)

Jack Wild, Oliver! — * * * * (4 stars)

Gene Wilder, The Producers — * * * * * (5 stars)

My Vote: Gene Wilder, The Producers

What Would Have Held Up: Albertson is fine. Wilder maybe.

The Choice: B

1967 – George Kennedy, Cool Hand Luke — * * * * * (5 stars)

John Cassavetes, The Dirty Dozen — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Gene Hackman, Bonnie and Clyde — * * * * * (5 stars)

Cecil Kellaway, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Michael J. Pollard, Bonnie and Clyde — * * * * * (5 stars)

My Vote: George Kennedy, Cool Hand Luke

What Would Have Held Up: Kennedy, maybe Pollard or Hackman

The Choice: B+

1966 – Walther Matthau, The Fortune Cookie — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Mako, The Sand Pebbles — * * * * (4 stars)

James Mason, Georgy Girl — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

George Segal, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? — * * * * * (5 stars)

Robert Shaw, A Man for All Seasons — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

My Vote: Walter Matthau, The Fortune Cookie

What Would Have Held Up: Matthau, potentially Segal or Shaw.

The Choice: A-

1965 – Martin Balsam, A Thousand Clowns — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Ian Bannen, Flight of the Phoenix — * * * * (4 stars)

Tom Courtenay, Doctor Zhivago — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Michael Dunn, Ship of Fools — * * * (3 stars)

Frank Finlay, Othello — * * * (3 stars)

My Vote: Tom Courtenay, Doctor Zhivago

What Would Have Held Up: Courtenay’s really the only one, if any

The Choice: D

1964 – Peter Ustinov, Topkapi — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

John Gielgud, Becket — * * * * (4 stars)

Stanley Holloway, My Fair Lady — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Edmond O’Brien, Seven Days in May — * * * * (4 stars)

Lee Tracy, The Best Man — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Lee Tracy, The Best Man

What Would Have Held Up: Ustinov is fine. Tracy could have. The others… potentially.

The Choice: B

1963 – Melvyn Douglas, Hud — * * * * (4 stars)

Nick Adams, Twilight of Horror — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Bobby Darin, Captain Newman, M.D. — * * * * (4 stars)

Hugh Griffith, Tom Jones — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

John Huston, The Cardinal — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Melvyn Douglas, Hud

What Would Have Held Up: Douglas

The Choice: A-

1962 – Ed Begely, Sweet Bird of Youth — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Victor Buono, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? — * * * * (4 stars)

Telly Savalas, Birdman of Alcatraz — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Omar Sharif, Lawrence of Arabia — * * * * * (5 stars)

Terence Stamp, Billy Budd — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote:

What Would Have Held Up:

The Choice:

1961 – George Chakiris, West Side Story — * * * * * (5 stars)

Montgomery Clift, Judgment at Nuremberg — * * * * * (5 stars)

Peter Falk, Pocketful of Miracles — * * * (3 stars)

Jackie Gleason, The Hustler — * * * * * (5 stars)

George C. Scott, The Hustler — * * * * * (5 stars)

My Vote: Jackie Gleason, The Hustler

What Would Have Held Up: Chakiris, Gleason, Scott. Maybe Clift.

The Choice: A

1960 – Peter Ustinov, Spartacus — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Peter Falk, Murder, Inc. — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Jack Kruschen, The Apartment — * * * * * (5 stars)

Sal Mineo, Exodus — * * * (3 stars)

Chill Wills, The Alamo — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: Peter Falk, Murder Inc.

What Would Have Held Up: Ustinov has. Falk maybe

The Choice: B

1959 – Hugh Griffith, Ben-Hur — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Arthur O’Connell, Anatomy of a Murder — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

George C. Scott, Anatomy of a Murder — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Robert Vaughn, The Young Philadelphians — * * * (3 stars)

Ed Wynn, The Diary of Anne Frank — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

My Vote: George C. Scott, Anatomy of a Murder

What Would Have Held Up: Scott, O’Connell. Griffith… to an extent, has.

The Choice: C+

1958 – Burl Ives, The Big Country — * * * * (4 stars)

Theodore Bikel, The Defiant Ones — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Lee J. Cobb, The Brothers Karamozov — * * * (3 stars)

Arthur Kennedy, Some Came Running — * * * * (4 stars)

Gig Young, Teacher’s Pet — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: Burl Ives, The Big Country

What Would Have Held Up: Ives, maybe Bikel

The Choice: B+

1957 – Red Buttons, Sayonara — * * * * (4 stars)

Vittorio de Sica, A Farewell to Arms — * * * (3 stars)

Sessue Hayakawa, The Bridge on the River Kwai — * * * * * (5 stars)

Arthur Kennedy, Peyton Place — * * * * (4 stars)

Russ Tamblyn, Peyton Place — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Sessue Hayakawa, The Bridge on the River Kwai

What Would Have Held Up: Hayakawa. Buttons, not sure. Theoretically Kennedy.

The Choice: B/B-

1956 – Anthony Quinn, Lust for Life — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Don Murray, Bus Stop — * * * (3 stars)

Anthony Perkins, Friendly Persuasion — * * * * (4 stars)

Mickey Rooney, The Bold and the Brave — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Robert Stack, Written on the Wind — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

My Vote: Anthony Quinn, Lust for Life

What Would Have Held Up: Quinn

The Choice: B-

1955 – Jack Lemmon, Mister Roberts — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Arthur Kennedy, Trial — * * * (3 stars)

Joe Mantell, Marty — * * * * * (5 stars)

Sal Mineo, Rebel Without a Cause — * * * * (4 stars)

Arthur O’Connell, Picnic — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: Jack Lemmon, Mister Roberts

What Would Have Held Up: Lemmon. Maybe Mineo.

The Choice: B+

1954 – Edmond O’Brien, The Barefoot Contessa — * * * (3 stars)

Lee J. Cobb, On the Waterfront — * * * * * (5 stars)

Karl Malden, On the Waterfront — * * * * * (5 stars)

Rod Steiger, On the Waterfront — * * * * * (5 stars)

Tom Tully, The Caine Mutiny — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

My Vote: Karl Malden, On the Waterfront

What Would Have Held Up: Cobb, Malden, Steiger

The Choice: C

1953 – Frank Sinatra, From Here to Eternity — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Eddie Albert, Roman Holiday — * * * * * (5 stars)

Brandon de Wilde, Shane — * * * * (4 stars)

Jack Palance, Shane — * * * * (4 stars)

Robert Strauss, Stalag 17 — * * * * * (5 stars)

My Vote: Frank Sinatra, From Here to Eternity

What Would Have Held Up: Sinatra

The Choice: B/B+

1952 – Anthony Quinn, Viva Zapata! — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Richard Burton, My Cousin Rachel — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Arthur Hunnicutt, The Big Sky — * * * (3 stars)

Victor McLaglen, The Quiet Man — * * * * * (5 stars)

Jack Palance, Sudden Fear — * * * (3 stars)

My Vote: Anthony Quinn, Viva Zapata!

What Would Have Held Up: Quinn, maybe McLaglen

The Choice: B

1951 – Karl Malden, A Streetcar Named Desire — * * * * * (5 stars)

Leo Genn, Quo Vadis — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Kevin McCarthy, Death of a Salesman — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Peter Ustinov, Quo Vadis — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Gig Young, Come Fill the Gap — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: Karl Malden, A Streetcar Named Desire

What Would Have Held Up: Malden

The Choice: A-

1950 – George Sanders, All About Eve — * * * * * (5 stars)

Jeff Chandler, Broken Arrow — * * * * (4 stars)

Edmund Gwenn, Mister 880 — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Sam Jaffe, The Asphalt Jungle — * * * * (4 stars)

Erich von Stroheim, Sunset Boulevard — * * * * * (5 stars)

My Vote: George Sanders, All About Eve

What Would Have Held Up: Sanders, von Stroheim could have.

The Choice: A

1949 – Dean Jagger, Twelve O’Clock High — * * * * (4 stars)

John Ireland, All the King’s Men — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Arthur Kennedy, Champion — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Ralph Richardson, The Heiress — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

James Whitmore, Battleground — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

My Vote: Ralph Richardson, The Heiress

What Would Have Held Up: Richardson, Jagger kind of has.

The Choice: B

1948 – Walter Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre — * * * * * (5 stars)

Charles Bickford, Johnny Belinda — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

José Ferrer, Joan of Arc — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Oskar Homolka, I Remember Mama — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Cecil Kellaway, The Luck of the Irish — * * * (3 stars)

My Vote: Walter Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

What Would Have Held Up: Huston

The Choice: A+

1947 – Edmund Gwenn, Miracle on 34th Street — * * * * (4 stars)

Charles Bickford, The Farmer’s Daughter — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Thomas Gomez, Ride the Pink Horse — * * * (3 stars)

Robert Ryan, Crossfire — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Richard Widmark, Kiss of Death — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Richard Widmark, Kiss of Death

What Would Have Held Up: Gwenn, Widmark

The Choice: A/A-

1946 – Harold Russell, The Best Years of Our Lives — * * * * * (5 stars)

Charles Coburn, The Green Years — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

William Demarest, The Jolson Story — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Claude Rains, Notorious — * * * * (4 stars)

Clifton Webb, The Razor’s Edge — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: Charles Coburn, The Green Years

What Would Have Held Up: Russell has. Coburn could have. Rains maybe.

The Choice: B

1945 – James Dunn, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Michael Chekhov, Spellbound — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

John Dall, The Corn Is Green — * * * (3 stars)

Robert Mitchum, The Story of G.I. Joe — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

J. Carrol Naish, A Medal for Benny — * * * (3 stars)

My Vote: James Dunn, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

What Would Have Held Up: Dunn

The Choice: B+

1944 – Barry Fitzgerald, Going My Way — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Hume Cronyn, The Seventh Cross —  * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Claude Rains, Mr. Skeffington — * * * (3 stars)

Clifton Webb, Laura — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Monty Woolley, Since You Went Away — * * * * (4 stars)

My Vote: Barry Fitzgerald, Going My Way

What Would Have Held Up: Fitzgerald first. Then Woolley. Possibly Cronyn.

The Choice: B+

1943 – Charles Coburn, The More the Merrier — * * * * (4 stars)

Charles Bickford, The Song of Bernadette — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

J. Carrol Naish, Sahara — * * * * (4 stars)

Claude Rains, Casablanca — * * * * * (5 stars)

Akim Tamiroff, For Whom the Bell Tolls — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: Claude Rains, Casablanca

What Would Have Held Up: Rains. Coburn sort of has

The Choice: B/B-

1942 – Van Heflin, Johnny Eager — * * * (3 stars)

William Bendix, Wake Island — * * * * (4 stars)

Walter Huston, Yankee Doodle Dandy — * * * * * (5 stars)

Frank Morgan, Tortilla Flat — * * * (3 stars)

Henry Travers, Mrs. Miniver — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

My Vote: Van Heflin, Johnny Eager

What Would Have Held Up: Theoretically any of them, given the category.

The Choice: C

1941 – Donald Crisp, How Green Was My Valley — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Walter Brennan, Sergeant York — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Charles Coburn, The Devil and Miss Jones — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

James Gleason, Here Comes Mr. Jordan — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Sydney Greenstreet, The Maltese Falcon — * * * * * (5 stars)

My Vote: Donald Crisp, How Green Was My Valley

What Would Have Held Up: Crisp, potentially Greenstreet

The Choice: A-

1940 – Walter Brennan, The Westerner — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Albert Basserman, Foreign Correspondent — * * * * (4 stars)

William Gargan, They Knew What They Wanted — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Jack Oakie, The Great Dictator — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

James Stephenson, The Letter — * * * (3 stars)

My Vote: Walter Brennan, The Westerner

What Would Have Held Up: Brennan

The Choice: B/B+

1939 – Thomas Mitchell, Stagecoach — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Brian Aherne, Juarez — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Harry Carey, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington — * * * * * (5 stars)

Brian Donlevy, Beau Geste — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Claude Rains, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington — * * * * * (5 stars)

My Vote: Thomas Mitchell, Stagecoach

What Would Have Held Up: Mitchell, Rains

The Choice: B+

1938 – Walter Brennan, Kentucky — * * * (3 stars)

John Garfield, Four Daughters — * * * (3 stars)

Gene Lockhart, Algiers — * * * * (4 stars)

Robert Morely, Marie Antoinette — * * * * (4 stars)

Basil Rathbone, If I Were King — * * * (3 stars)

My Vote: Basil Rathbone, If I Were King

What Would Have Held Up: Rathbone, potentially Morley, maybe Lockhart

The Choice: C

1937 – Joseph Schildkraut, The Life of Emile Zola — * * * * (4 stars)

Ralph Bellamy, The Awful Truth — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Thomas Mitchell, The Hurricane — * * * (3 stars)

H.B. Warner, Lost Horizon — * * * * (4 stars)

Roland Young, Topper — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

My Vote: Joseph Schildkraut, The Life of Emile Zola

What Would Have Held Up: Schildkraut

The Choice: B-

1936 – Walter Brennan, Come and Get It — * * * (3 stars)

Mischa Auer, My Man Godfrey — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Stuart Erwin, Pigskin Parade — * * * (3 stars)

Basil Rathbone, Romeo and Juliet — * * * (3 stars)

Akim Tamiroff, The General Died at Dawn — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

My Vote: Walter Brennan, Come and Get It

What Would Have Held Up: Brennant

The Choice: B

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