June 26, 2015 at 9:20 am #188966
Oh, boy — talk about being spoiled for choice as to the worst of the best.
I could go all the way back to the very first winner, Walter Brennan, who won the first of his record three Oscars in this category for “Come and Get It” in 1936. I would rather leave it, if you don’t mind.
Then again, there is that slew of old codgers to consider who have won this award as a defacto lifetime achievement award including George Burns (“The Sunshine Boys”), Don Ameche (“Cocoon”) and Jack Palance (“City Slickers”).
But in the end, I think Javier Bardem gave the most mediorcre performance of the lot in “No Country for Old Men.” His Buster Brown haircut was the most interesting thing about his portrayl of a heartless hitman in this overrated film.
Who do you think pulled the wool over the eyes of Oscar voters?June 26, 2015 at 9:25 am #188968
Waltz and Caine for their second Oscars.June 26, 2015 at 9:50 am #188969
Jim Broadbent over Ian McKellen
Alan Arkin over Djimon Hounsou
Tommy Lee Jones over Ralph Fiennes (or Leo)June 26, 2015 at 10:04 am #188970
First of all, I strongly disagree with your pick on Bardem. He created an unique character. His english was flawless… many friends from the US didnt know that he was from my own country.
About who i consider the worst of the worst… I will go with John Mills for Ryan´s Daughter. That was a really dumb choice. He just played the silly character that they usually gave the award. Second quite close Don Ameche for Coocoon…. and i know many here like his peformance, but Joe Pecsi was too over the top for me. Maybe his character didnt help me to like his performance, or maybe the film bored me to death…June 26, 2015 at 11:34 am #188971
This category is rife with less-than-sterling winners, but far and away, my vote would have to go to George Chakiris. Yes, his film was a juggernaut. Yes, for two and a half minutes, he was a near-compelling Cinderella story. And YES, all four of his co-nominees deserved the trophy more. Dancing and posturing doth not an Oscar-caliber performance make, and the frightening thing is that Mikhail Baryshnikov got nominated for this EXACT SAME performance 16 years later (eerily, for another wildly erratic, overheated paean to the theatre that also managed to get a slightly inexpicable 11 nominations).June 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm #188972
There’s a lot to name in this field: Don Ameche, George Chakiris, Alan Arkin, George Burns, Anthony Quinn, etc. The “old codger” lifetime achievement awards rarely feel earned here (Ameche in particular is just a whole lot of nothing), and only a few times did I feel like they were really deserving. James Coburn was on fire in “Affliction,” and I was quite moved by Christopher Plummer’s role in “Beginners.” Another one I don’t think has aged all that well is George Clooneys’ win in “Syriana.” I know it was his big year and all, but I’ve seen him so much better in roles before and since. He has “Good Night, and Good Luck” to thank in large part for his milestone.
Going after Javier Bardem is pretty ballsy. He’s one of the most well-regarded Oscar winners in the past ten years in any category (at least). I’m sensing a pattern here with this and Natalie Portman in the best actress thread. :-I
I want to see if John Mills is as awful as I’ve heard he is for “Ryan’s Daughter.” I can’t bring myself to watch three and a half hours of nonsense, even if it is readily available for viewing. I’ll try to gear myself up for it one of these days.June 26, 2015 at 12:39 pm #188973
The first to pop on my mind is Alan Arkin. He´s not bad at all, but didn´t even deserve a nomination.
I still don´t understand Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive. Absolutely nothing special.
I also gotta say that CHristopher Plummer is good In Begginers, but I don´t care for that win, thought that was a forgettable year for the catedory, so that´s fine.June 26, 2015 at 1:16 pm #188974
Chakiris and Palance are easy mentions. Robin Williams too, IMO.
The worst for me though is Barry Fitzgerald in “Going My Way.” Just nothing there, in the film or the performance.June 26, 2015 at 1:21 pm #188975
For me, it’s Cuba Gooding, Jr. Sure, he has that famous line “Show me the money” and all, but his work was so sporadic and without nuance. Ed Norton got hosed. I would also say William H. Macy was, but I like to pretend he is in the lead category.June 26, 2015 at 2:56 pm #188976
Oh god Cuba Gooding Jr. hands down. This isn’t a category filled with terrible winners just more “what the hell did they do in that movie to win them an Oscar”. Those would be:
Don Ameche “Cocoon”
George Clooney “Syriana”
Tim Robbins “Mystic River”
Benicia del Toro “Traffic”
Gene Hackman “Unforgiven”
Jack Palance “City Slickers”
Melvyn Douglas “Being There”
Jason Robards “Julia”
Ben Johnson “The Last Picture Show”
Walter Matthau “The Fortune Cookie”
More head scratchers than anything. Most of them did perfectly fine jobs but never blew me awayJune 26, 2015 at 3:07 pm #188977
Waltz for his second Oscar for Django Unchained. I thought Leo and Sam Jackson were much more worthy of a nod/win and I am not much of a Leo fan.June 26, 2015 at 4:12 pm #188978
Christopher Plummer did nothing Oscar-worthy in ‘Beginners’.June 26, 2015 at 7:15 pm #188979
Javier Bardem?!?!?! Dear gosh, Paul. I’m scared to think about what your Worst Supporting Actress Winner is.
For my pick, it’s hard to say. I actually really enjoy City Slickers, but I also never quite got Jack Palance’s victory. He has a nice presence, but he just isn’t given that much to do. I guess my overall choice is a tie between Chakiris and Cuba, with each beating far worthier competition (Clift and Norton, respectively) by relying on the energy of their characters.
That said, I still haven’t seen Mills or Ameche.June 26, 2015 at 8:08 pm #188980
Three of the first five Best Supporting Actors Oscars awarded went to Walter Brennan. Brennan was a WWI veteran whose vocal chords were damaged by poison gas. Early in his career, an on set accident cost him his teeth. When he removed his dentures, his visage significantly changed. This allowed the relatively young actor to play old men with stunning accuracy. However, Brennan was also rose from the core of extras who were allowed to vote during this early period in Oscar history. It was widely perceived that this large voting block of extras were voting for one of their own, influenced the three wins for Brennan, and ultimately prompted a shift in who voted for the Oscar.
(reprint from an earlier post)June 26, 2015 at 9:47 pm #188981
It’s got to be Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine. The man did absolutely nothing special in that movie to deserve the award, let alone the nomination.
Then I guess Michael Caine in Cider House Rules, he wasn’t bad but all the other nominees were far more deserving. Wasted award.
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