thoughts? And then maybe identify your favorite winner from your selected decade?
I went completely obvious and chose the 1980s, namely for De Niro in Raging Bull. My favorite Best Actor win of all time, and among the most deserving. 1970s came close in 2nd, with Peter Finch my 2nd fav. win.
The 1960s by far!!!!
Originally, I was thinking it would be the 1960s or 70s, especially seeing as how I’ve found the latter to have the greatest of Best Picture Winners. However, upon looking through them, I have to say the choice of Best Actor contenders in the 1980s is the best of the bunch. It features some of the greatest choices of all time (DeNiro, Abraham, Day-Lewis), and a number of very respectable ones (Hurt and Kingsley). Even Fonda’s win, which appears sentimental in hindsight, came for a very well-rounded performance in an acclaimed Best Picture nominee. Newman’s is the only one that I have any sort of problem with, but that’s more due to it being a strong year of contenders (Bob Hoskins in “Mona Lisa”; Gary Oldman in “Sid and Nancy”) than anything else.
While the 1970s featured some of the best of the best (Scott, Hackman, Brando, Nicholson and Finch), it also featured quite a few more lesser choices (though all great performances). I love Art Carney in “Harry and Tonto”, but I do feel that Nicholson and Pacino were so very deserving in 1974; Richard Dreyfuss stole the show in “The Goodbye Girl”, but I wouldn’t think of it as a Best Actor winner; Hoffman was great, but I happened to prefer Matin Sheen and Peter Sellers.
Newman’s is the only one that I have any sort of problem with, but that’s more due to it being a strong year of contenders (Bob Hoskins in “Mona Lisa”; Gary Oldman in “Sid and Nancy”) than anything else.
I kind of 1/2 agree with you. Yah, it definitely was not his greatest performance, but it is arguably one of his best characters…and the role that should have won him an Oscar 25 years earlier for The Hustler…probably the reason why he won. Not many actors are given the chance to reprise their greatest characters and win a make-up Oscar for it. Peter O’Toole could have done it with his work in 1968’s The Lion in Winter (same character as Beckett in 1964), i.e….
JACK NICHOLSON- ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
JON VOIGHT- COMING HOME
PETER FINCH- NETWORK
Gotta say the 90’s sure. The bar was set in this decade.
Denzel Washington in The Hurricane & Malcolm X
Kevin Spacey, The Unusual Suspects
Ed Norton, American History X
Anthony Hopkins, Silence of The Lambs
Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas
Robert Duvall, The Apostle
Russel Crowe, The Insider
Morgan Freeman, Shawshank Redemption