CineMaven’s OSCAR EXTRAVAGANZA!!!

MY FAVORITE PERFORMANCES BY BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR OSCAR WINNERS:

 

 CHARLES COBURN( 1943 )  CHARLES COBURN in “THE MORE THE MERRIER

When your intro to Coburn is “In This Our Life” & “Kings Row” you’re bound to be scarred for life. But when I finally saw “…The Merrier” and saw what a jolly gentle little pixie Coburn is, wrapped around Jean Arthur’s finger, I’ve changed my mind about him. He can do no wrong.
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GEORGE SANDERS( 1950 )  GEORGE SANDERS in “ALL ABOUT EVE”

He is delightfully bitchy in this classic. His Addison DeWitt is a law unto himself and does not give a fig about anyone as long as he gets what he wants. Ya gotta love a performance from a guy who doesn’t care. Hs acid tongue is music to my ears. Dear boy!
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MELVYN DOUGLAS( 1963 ) MELVYN DOUGLAS in “HUD” 

With all those years of not being Cary Grant or not Joel McCrea or not Gary Cooper, but giving fine supporting performances, Douglas finally gets an Oscar where his age spotlights his gravitas. A man of integrity has an S.O.B. for a son.

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BEN JOHNSON ( II )( 1971 ) BEN JOHNSON in “THE LAST PICTURE SHOW”

Laconic Ben had to be convinced by John Ford to take this role. Luckily he listened to Pappy. He was the heart of this movie. You know he’s seen some things.

 

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DENZEL WASHINGTON( 1989 )  DENZEL WASHINGTON in “GLORY”

That tear. That one tear. You can’t break him. And that’s what breaks you.

(Two-time Academy Award winner. Go on with your baad self.)

 

 

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JOE PESCI( 1990 )  JOE PESCI in “GOOD FELLAS”

He was an absolute firecracker in this movie; its Life force. He car-ried that movie on his back. It’s an Edward G. Robinson role. Pesci gives a fantastic portrait of a psychopath.
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GENE HACKMAN( 1992 )  GENE HACKMAN in “UNFORGIVEN”

His cruelty was a breathtaking thing to behold.  But it wan’t cruelty for cruelty’s sake. Alright, so maybe it was. But when it’s Gene Hackman, it’s okay. I want him making movies again. He was a presence, and I bought him here in the wild wild west as much as I did careening  underneath the El.

 

 

 

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BENICIO DEL TORO( 2000 )  BENICIO DEL TORO in “TRAFFIC”

He’s got the Gary Cooper “High Noon” role. One man alone against a whole drug trade. Benicio is a talent and stands out in an all-star cast. Will you marry me?

 

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JAVIER BARDEM( 2007 )  JAVIER BARDEM in “NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN”

I’m in shock that this film won the award for Best Picture. Yes, I was rooting for it. But it was dark and violent and…you know how the Academy is; all politically correct. This worked because of Bardem. A dark unfeeling automaton, with the weirdest hairstyle this side of Moe Howard. Bardem was everything. Another well-deserved award.

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CHRISTOPH WALTZ in ( 2009 ) & ( 2012 ) in “INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS” & “DJANGO UNCHAINED”

CHRISTOPH WALTZ ( I ) CHRISTOPH WALTZ ( II )

What a breath of fresh air he is. Whether as a dastardly Nazi or a charlatan bounty hunter, the twinkle in his eye makes him extremely watchable.  He’s just a little off-center. Both films were directed by Quentin Tarantino so neither movie might be your cup o’ tea, but you’ll be missing some very good performances.. Tarantino is a good director, who knows movies. And he creates interesting characters.

NEXT:  My Favorite Performances for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS…

4 thoughts on “CineMaven’s OSCAR EXTRAVAGANZA!!!

  1. Bravo, T. I’m still fuming over GIGI, a static bore, having won best picture over THE DEFIANT ONES, (’58) as well as CRASH (not a bad film, btw) over Brokeback Mountain. And (gasp!) MIA FARROW not even nominated for Rosemary’s Baby, thanks to Frank Sinatra, who campaigned AGAINST her. (long story) I like your choices.

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    • Thank you Rob. Again, I thank you for reading my blog and offering your comments. I fume alongside you, brother, with what you’ve named above. The Academy is not a brave body of people. “Brokeback Mountain” was a fantastic film. There’s so many years they get it wrong. ( I’m going to my grave howling against Garbo not winning for “Camille” and Gable not winning for “Gone With the Wind” ). But I s’pose there are soooo many years that the Academy got it right. ( “The Silence of the Lambs” is a case in point ). I’ll be watching tonight, but breaking from tradition. Instead of being alone with my Haagen-Dazs ( Rum Raisin ) and all the lights out in my little apartment, I will go to an Oscar party in the city, if my friend goes. I will throw my self into an Oscar pool and drink myself silly so I won’t be pissed at the snark and sarcasm that will surely make itself known in a bar full of drunks. And the Oscar goes to…

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  2. Interesting, entertaining blog Theresa! I like your choices for wins tonight, especially rooting for Rosamund Pike! (But you’re right; Julianne Moore will likely win!) As far as those who “were robbed” in the past, I have to say I thought Spielberg deserved to win as Best Director for “The Color Purple.” Loved that film! Incredible acting and direction! Have fun tonight and don’t drink too much! 🙂

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    • Liza, thank you so much. I’m glad you liked it. Yeah, Rosamund Pike did a fantastic job, but what Academy likes a cold blooded calculating killer dame, I ask you. Spielberg did a great job with “The Color Purple” but I guess politics got in the way. (( Sigh! )) Last night was about a series of causes: racial equality, women’s right to fair & equal pay, ALS, Alzheimer and Immigration. All worthy issues. I basically enjoyed the show. But I have to tell you, I don’t know if I can EVER promise not to drink too much. Thanks for your comment. 😀

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