November 18, 2014 at 4:31 am #165912
Just watched “The Man in the Glass Booth” starring Maximillian Schell who received an Oscar nomination as Best Actor.The other nominees that year were:
Al Pacino in “Dog Day Afternoon”
Walter Matthau in “The Sunshine Boys”
James whitmore in “Give ‘Em Hell Harry”
and, the winner, Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
I know Nicholson was a shoo-in (and deservedly so) but I was very impressed with Schell’s performance. Schell also earned a Golden Globe nomination as well. Just wondering who saw Schell’s performance and what your opinions about it are. I think the rankings for the Oscar might have looked like this: Nicholson, Pacino, Matthau, Schell, WhitmoreNovember 18, 2014 at 5:19 am #165914
I haven’t seen Schell or Whitmore
Pacino and Matthau would have been worthy of the wins though. I think this was one of the players in one of the most confusing chain reactions in Best Actor ever:
1974 – Jack Nicholson should have won instead of Art Carney
1975 – Al Pacino should’ve won instead of Jack Nicholson
1992 – Denzel Washington should’ve won instead of Al Pacino
2001 – Tom Wilkinson should’ve won instead of Denzel WashingtonNovember 18, 2014 at 6:54 am #165915
I don’t think there was any possibility that Nicholson could lose that year. He was great in his movie and had the overdue factor with nominations for Five Easy Pieces, Easy Rider, The Last Detail and Chinatown. In fact his is one of my favourite performances by an actor ever. I was very impressed by Schell though and it took me a long time to find the dvd “The Man in the Glass Booth”. However, it is not a movie I would care to watch again really like Cuckoo’s Nest is.November 18, 2014 at 10:00 am #165916
I’ve only seen Nicholson and Pacino and I’m not a huge fan of Pacino I find him overrated but he really impressed me in Dog Day Afternoon. But Nicholson was jaw droppingly outstanding.November 18, 2014 at 11:42 am #165917
As I recall at the time, Whitmore was a possible nominee, but Schell’s nomination as Best Actor was a total surprise. Most were expecting a nod for Warren Beatty in Shampoo or Ryan O’Neal in Barry Lyndon.November 18, 2014 at 12:36 pm #165918
It is surprising the somewhat obscure Schell and Whitmore got in while Ryan O’Neal was the star of a Best Picture nominee “Barry Lyndon”.November 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm #165919
Nicholson won for the best performance by an actor ever. Donald Sutherland deserved a nod for The day of the locust.
My 5 top:
BeattyNovember 18, 2014 at 10:15 pm #165920
Nicholson of course gives a classic performance but what Pacino did in Dog Day Afternoon is beyond words. He’s just real.November 18, 2014 at 10:51 pm #165921
Did Pacino not like the Oscars? I noticed he only attended the ceremony once in the 70s. (for Serpico) The other four times he didn’t show up. I bet that hurt his chances. Nicholson always played the game and was there everytime.November 20, 2014 at 8:35 am #165922
Was Ryan O’Neal really considered likely for a nom? Most reviews at the time considered him miscast, and some still do even now. (I don’t have an opinion on this as, rather embarassingly, I haven’t seen Barry Lyndon.)
I personally feel Pacino should’ve won for Godfather II and Nicholson rightly won for Cuckoo’s Nest, but it’s a close call. Nicholson for Chinatown and Pacino for DDA would be perfectly legit.
James Whitmore’s nomination was an interesting case, as it wasn’t really a film performance – Give ’em Hell, Harry! was a one-man stage play that was filmed and presented in cinemas, and was thus eligible for Oscar.
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