Was Ben Johnson the clear frontrunner for the Oscar as Best Supporting Actor in 1971 for “The Last Picture Show”? The other nominees were:
Jeff Bridges in The Last Picture Show
Roy Schedier in The French Connection
Leonard Frey in Fiddler on the Roof
Richard Jaeckel in Sometimes A Great Notion
Any thoughts on who would have come in second in the vote? My guess is Richard Jaeckel.
Ben won NYFCC, GG, BAFTA, NBR, as well as his well-deserved Oscar. He’s spectacular, regardless of his “one-scene” critics. That entire cast is simply wonderful, and Cloris, Ellen and Jeff deserved their accolades. The film had to win at least one for the cast, and the double acting wins I’ll give credit to the voting bodies.
Imo Roy stood the best chance of ‘upsetting’, despite not winning anywhere else. He could have been carried along with the films’ ultimate success with the Academy. He’s good, but I’m happy that it went to Ben.
I loved all of these nominees.
Ben Johnson was the frontrunner all the way. IMO he was also the deserving winner.
Sometimes a Great Notion was a flop, barely seen, at a time before screeners. Jaeckel, a fine character actor, was deserving of a nomination, but he had no chance of winning. Scheider (unknown much before TFC) likely was a far distant second.
There was NO runner-up to BEN JOHNSON that year.
he deserved his Oscar and got all of the votes!!! LOL
I thought Bridges was better by the thinnest of margins, but Johnson’s Oscar is well deserved.
The question is, who came second?
Ya; it was a four-way tie for not a chance in hell. Sheesh. Jeebus Chrimungus.
Again, I agree with Beau on the power of Bridges’ performance. I really loved his arc in the film. Still really appreciate that the Academy honored Ben Johnson.
The two fine supporting nominees from that film who didn’t win (Burstyn and well as Bridges) ultimately both got Oscars, so it worked out OK. Bridges though was indeed great in the film as well.