May 4, 2014 at 8:02 pm #153428
Surprised nobody made this one yet.
He’s been nominated 5 times without a win.
Will post my analysis later.May 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm #153430
Now that Peter O’Toole is sadly gone, is Finney the living male actor with the most nominations without a win?
Don’t know if he would ever be my personal winner. He was outstanding in Under the Volcano though that was the year that F. Murray Abraham won for Amadeus which is one of my favorite wins.
Maybe I’ll give him supporting actor for Big Fish because that field was so damn weak.May 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm #153431
^ He just might be.
I’m not sure that he’s ever been my winner, either. Big Fish probably would’ve made for a satisfying enough opportunity, though my favorite from that year was Peter Sarsgaard in Shattered Glass. As far as career wins go, Erin Brockovich wouldn’t have been the worst thing in the world, but I put him far below Benicio Del Toro.
What about his performance in The Dresser? It’s not a film I’ve seen nor one that gets a lot of talk these days, but if Duvall had hypothetically won for Apocalypse Now, would he have been a sufficient choice there?May 4, 2014 at 10:49 pm #153432
Albert Finney? He’s always first in my book.
Albert Finney Tom Jones
Paul Newman Hud
Sidney Poitier Lilies of the Field
Richard Harris This Sporting Life
Rex Harrison Cleopatra
All worthy nominees
Al Pacino Godfather 2
Dustin Hoffman Lenny
Albert Finney Murder on the Orient Express
Jack Nicholson Chinatown
But I’m happy that Carney won. He gives a wonderful, unaffected, touching performance imo. Good for him.
Albert Finney The Dresser
Tom Conti Reuben Reuben
Michael Caine Educating Rita
Tom Courtenay The Dresser
Robert Duvall Tender Mercies
These are strictly personal favorites. Duvall is a worthy winner, but so (would have been) the others.
Albert Finney Under the Volcano
F Murray Abraham Amadeus
Jeff Bridges Starman I’m so glad the Academy gave him recognition for this, a Sci-fi and a gentle, credible, compassionate performance.
Tom Hulce Amadeus
Sam Waterston The Killing Fields
Albert Finney, Erin Brockovich
Benicio del Toro Traffic
Joaquin Phoenix Gladiator
Jeff Bridges The Contender
Willem Dafoe Shadow of the Vampire
So it looks as if I’ve placed him first four times.May 4, 2014 at 11:34 pm #153433
2000. He really deserved the Oscar for Erin Brockovich. “Law school! At this point I’d settle for charm school!”May 5, 2014 at 1:20 am #153434
Ranked him first 3 times:
Under the Volcano
From my own personal nominations he is a winner twice for Tom Jones and Under the Volcano.May 5, 2014 at 6:49 am #153435
I agree with the comments for Big Fish. He really gives a great performance, and his lack of a nomination for it is bizarre. Robbins is a good winner, don’t get me wrong, but I really would have put Finney in contention. I still have to see Tom Jones, it is one of the few best picture winners I haven’t seen, simply because of availability.May 5, 2014 at 8:11 am #153436
My current ranking of those years: All of them really solid years especially 1974 & 1984.
1. Richard Harris, THIS SPORTING LIFE
2. Paul Newman, HUD
3. Albert Finney, TOM JONES
4. Rex Harrison, CLEOPATRA
5. Sidney Poitier, LILIES OF THE FIELD
1. Al Pacino, THE GODFATHER, PART II
2. Jack Nicholson, CHINATOWN
3. Dustin Hoffman, LENNY
4. Art Carney, HARRY AND TONTO
5. Albert Finney, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
1. Tom Courtenay, THE DRESSER
2. Michael Caine, EDUCATING RITA
3. Robert Duvall, TENDER MERCIES
4. Tom Conti, REUBEN, REUBEN
5. Albert Finney, THE DRESSER
1. Albert Finney, UNDER THE VOLCANO
2. F. Murray Abraham, AMADEUS
3. Sam Waterston, THE KILLING FIELDS
4. Tom Hulce, AMADEUS
5. Jeff Bridges, STARMAN
1. Benicio Del Toro, TRAFFIC
2. Jeff Bridges, THE CONTENDER
3. Albert Finney, ERIN BROCKOVICH
4. Willem Dafoe, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE
5. Joaquin Phoenix, GLADIATORMay 5, 2014 at 11:01 am #153437
YES! For Erin Brockovich in 2000, a very fiery performance, mixed with the right amounts of humor. And his chemistry with Roberts was great.
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