Having recently watched “Affliction” I am really surprised that Nick Nolte did not end up winning an Oscar for his great performance. Considering that James Coburn took home a deserving Best Supporting Actor trophy for his role in the same movie, there definitely must have been some love for the picture. Plus Nolte had won both NYFC and NSFC and was runner up for LAFC. Sure, Ian McKellen also did a brilliant job in “Gods and Monsters” but neither did he win. What is your take on the subject?
@cinephil Warning: the 1998 Best Actor race is a touchy subject for many at Gold Derby. Some even refuse to utter the winner (ROBERTO BENIGNI’S) name.
Personally, I think Nick Nolte was great in Affliction, as was Ian McKellan and Edward Norton. And dare I say it: I thought Benigni was pretty good in Life is Beautiful- he made me laugh and cry even though I couldn’t understand what he was saying. This is just another example of the rudimentary Oscars conundrum- somebody has to win and sometimes it’s not who you want. But Roberto probs. won because he was the people’s favorite in the category and it was their chance to award Life is Beautiful in a major category.
Agree 100%, cinephil. Nolte gave one of the best performances of the 90s and easily the best performance that year. Movie is one of the most underrated/underseen movies of all time. At least Coburn won for his magnificent performance. I wish i could consider this win proof academy members actually watch nominated performances, but I do think Coburn won for being veteran.