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    So I did a bit of research and found that no one has started a thread on this topic yet. Now that I’ve seen every single Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor from the 1960s, here’s how I rank them:

    1. Ed Begley-Sweet Bird of Youth
    2. George Kennedy-Cool Hand Luke
    3. George Chakiris-West Side Story
    4. Walter Matthau-The Fortune Cookie
    5. Jack Albertson-The Subject Was Roses
    6. Peter Ustinov-Spartacus
    7. Melvyn Douglas-Hud
    8. Peter Ustinov-Topkapi
    9. Martin Balsam-A Thousand Clowns
    10. Gig Young-They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

    So what’s your ranking? Even if you haven’t seen all ten of these winners, feel free to rank the ones you have actually seen.

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    01. Peter Ustinov-Topkapi
    02. Melvyn Douglas-Hud
    03. Gig Young-They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
    04. Ed Begley-Sweet Bird of Youth
    05. Peter Ustinov-Spartacus
    06. Walter Matthau-The Fortune Cookie
    07. Jack Albertson-The Subject Was Roses
    08. George Kennedy-Cool Hand Luke
    09. Martin Balsam-A Thousand Clowns
    10. George Chakiris-West Side Story

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    1. Peter Ustinov, Spartacus
    2. Melvyn Douglas, Hud
    3. Peter Ustinov, Topkapi
    4. Gig Young, They Shoot Horses Don’t They?
    5. Walter Matthau, The Fortune Cookie
    6. Ed Begley, Sweet Bird of Youth
    7. Jack Albertson, The Subject Was Roses
    8. George Kennedy, Cool Hand Luke
    9. Martin Balsam, A Thousand Clowns
    10. George Chakiris, West Side Story

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    1. Peter Ustinov, Spartacus
    2. Melvyn Douglas, Hud
    3. Gig Young, They Shoot Horses Don’t They?
    4. George Kennedy, Cool Hand Luke
    5. Peter Ustinov, Topkapi
    6. Ed Begley, Sweet Bird of Youth
    7. Jack Albertson, The Subject Was Roses
    8. Walter Matthau, The Fortune Cookie
    9. Martin Balsam, A Thousand Clowns
    10. George Chakiris, West Side Story

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    Honestly, this isn’t really that stellar of a lineup. I know who my bottom two choices are but the rest of them are sort of just in a somewhat of an order.

    1. Melvyn Douglas, HUD
    2. Jack Albertson, THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES
    3. Gig Young, THEY SHOOT HORSES DON’T THEY?
    4. Walter Matthau, THE FORTUNE COOKIE
    5. Ed Begley, SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH
    6. Peter Ustinov, SPARTACUS
    7. George Kennedy, COOL HAND LUKE
    8. Peter Ustinov, TOPKAPI
    9. Martin Balsam, A THOUSAND CLOWNS
    10. George Chakiris, WEST SIDE STORY

    The bottom two belong on a list of the most baffling Acting wins in Oscar history. I get that Chakiris was more of a coattail win, but still…just no.

    “The art of making art is putting it together...”

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    The bottom two belong on a list of the most baffling Acting wins in Oscar history.

    Then again, 1965 didn’t really give us much to choose from as most of the nominees were barely in their movies and outshined by other cast members. The only exception was Frank Finlay, who was the best part of a bad movie. If Hardy Kruger, Harry Andrews and Oskar Werner had been nominated, this race would have been different. Agree with Chakiris though, that win was just weird, especially when you consider the competition.

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    Then again, 1965 didn’t really give us much to choose from as most of the nominees were barely in their movies and outshined by other cast members. The only exception was Frank Finlay, who was the best part of a bad movie. If Hardy Kruger, Harry Andrews and Oskar Werner had been nominated, this race would have been different. Agree with Chakiris though, that win was just weird, especially when you consider the competition.

    I almost came back to edit in that Balsam benefitted from weaker competition. It certainly doesn’t feel like anyone else was royally robbed from that list. The 3 actors you named certainly all seemed like better nominees.

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