Best Actor winner Peter Finch died of a massive heart attack during the promotional tour for Network, the Paddy Chayefsky authored-satire with the performance that would ultimately be awarded the first posthumous acting Oscar. Interestingly, the only two winners of posthumous Academy Awards for acting, Finch and Heath Ledger, were both Australian.
If the 60 year old, two time nominee had survived for another five years, in which Oscar nominated role do you think he would have most likely been cast after stunning audiences with the rapid mental decline of network news anchor Howard Beale?
I went with Being There. Not only is that film likely my favorite comedy of all time, but it’s a departure from his Beale in Network.
By a wide margin.
But I can see Mr Finch in every single one of the films you’ve cited.
I voted for Dashiell Hammett in “Julia.” Finch could have been spectacular in Burton’s role in “Equus” too.
I hesitate to touch Ordinary People, which was one of my favourite Best Picture winners, but he could have done something amazing with that role that could have made it even better. I really want to see that now.
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