Which of Al Pacino's Oscar-nominated performances was most deserving of a win?
Here are Pacino's Oscar-nominated roles, as well as his competition each year:
1972 Supporting Actor, The Godfather Other nominees: Eddie Albert, The Heartbreak Kid James Caan, The Godfather Robert Duvall, The Godfather Joel Grey, Cabaret (winner)
1973 Lead Actor, Serpico other nominees: Marlon Brando, Last Tango in Paris Jack Lemmon, Save the Tiger (winner) Jack Nicholson, The Last Detail Robert Redford, The Sting
1974 Lead Actor, The Godfather: Part II other nominees: Art Carney, Harry and Tonto (winner) Albert Finney, Murder on the Orient Express Dustin Hoffman, Lenny Jack Nicholson, Chinatown
1975 Lead Actor, Dog Day Afternoon other nominees: Walter Matthau, The Sunshine Boys Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (winner) Maximilian Schell, The Man with the Glass Booth James Whitmore, Give 'Em Hell, Harry!
1979 Lead Actor, ...And Justice for All other nominees: Dustin Hoffman, Kramer vs. Kramer (winner) Jack Lemmon, The China Syndrome Roy Scheider, All That Jazz Peter Sellers, Being There
1990 Supporting Actor, Dick Tracy other nominees: Bruce Davison, Long Time Companion Andy Garcia, The Godfather: Part III Graham Greene, Dances with Wolves Joe Pesci, GoodFellas (winner)
1992 Lead Actor, Scent of a Woman (winner) other nominees: Robert Downey, Jr., Chaplin Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven Stephen Rea, The Crying Game Denzel Washington, Malcolm X
1992 Supporting Actor, Glengarry Glen Ross other nominees: Jaye Davidson, The Crying Game Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (winner) Jack Nicholson, A Few Good Men David Paymer, Mr. Saturday Night
Honestly he was worthy to win in 1972, 1973, 1974, AND 1975 (not to mention 1992 as well)....he was on a roll in the 70s. Honestly the years of 1973-1975 belong to him and Jack Nicholson and a win for either one of them in those years would have been deserving. I definitely would give him the win for Serpico and The Godfather Part II. I will toss him a vote for SERPICO as I think he was the best on that list while he was a little closer to Nicholson in 73 and 74.
Godfather Part II. Also I don't understand why he was supporting in Godfather Part I. Kind of a category fraud imo.
Yeah, Pacino did have a point i boycotting the Oscars that year. He did have more screentime than Brando. He should have been nominated for Best Actor, but Brando was rightfully nominated there. If Pacino won in that in 1972, 1973, and 1974, he would been his generation's Daniel Day-Lewis!
Can someone tell me how in the hell did Margo Martindale won an Emmy for a short cameo? I mean, seriously, Academy?!
I would have given him the lead actor Oscar for "The Godfather", the National Society of Film Critics rightfully did, but it seems silly to give him best supporting actor when he has so much more screentime in that movie than anyone else. So I am going to give him the Oscar for perhaps his most interesting performance in "Dog Day Afternoon".
Al Pacino is my personal favorite American actor of all time, he was overlooked for the win (and sometimes the nomination) numerous times before getting his make-up award for a lesser performance.
1972 - Joel Grey (Pacino should have been in lead) 1973 - Jack Nicholson (his best performance imo) 1974 - Al Pacino (amazing how he played the same, yet a totally different, character from the first film) 1975 - Al Pacino (brilliant performance, totally commands the screen, brilliant film in general) 1979 - Dustin Hoffman or Roy Scheider (great work from both) 1983 - snubbed for Scarface - Robert Duvall (he was at the top of his game) 1990 - Joe Pesci (undeniable) 1992 - supporting - Gene Hackman (another one of my favorite American actors giving a great performance in a great film) 1992 - lead - Denzel Washington (Washington was a tour-de-force, Pacino got this as a makeup 1997 - snubbed for Donnie Brasco - Jack Nicholson (one of his more sensitive performances)
I wouldn't say he was snubbed for Sea of Love, Godfather Part III, The Insider or Merchant of Venice as he was up against a very competitive field for each of those performances.
Had Angels in America and You Don't Know Jack been released in theaters, he would have been nominated for both, probably won for the former and been competitive for the latter.