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Marlon Brando didn't show up to collect his second Golden Globe in 1972 for "The Godfather," which should have signaled his upcoming rejection of the Oscar. After all, back in 1954, he was there to pick up his prize from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. when he won for "On the Waterfront." The HFPA, which only nominated three performers in each category back then, had snubbed Brando for his Oscar-nominated turns in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951), "Viva Zapata!" (1952) and "Julius Caesar" (1953). He lost those Oscar races to Humphrey Bogart ("The African Queen"), Gary Cooper ("High Noon") and William Holden ("Stalag 17") respectively. Determined to finally prevail, Brando changed his ways, becoming the prince of politeness with the press. As the La Times reported on his Globes appearance, “Unusual was the fact tha »
Marlon Brando didn't show up to collect his second Best Actor Oscar in 1972 for "The Godfather," sending an actress in his stead to decline as a protest to Hollywood's portrayal of Native Americans. However, back in 1954 Brando was keen to win the award, after being skunked three previous times. His losing streak began in 1951 when his "Streetcar Named Desire" castmates (Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden, Kim Hunter) prevailed in the other three acting categories but Brando was bested by Humphrey Bogart ("The African Queen"). The following year, he lost his bid for "Viva Zapata!" to Gary Cooper ("High Noon") while in 1953 his nod for "Julius Caesar" was edged out by William Holden ("Stalag 17"). Brando had been surly and uncooperative while on the derby track those three times. So he switched strategies. First up was the Golden Globes on Feb. 24. As the La Times reported, “Unusual was the fact that B. »
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
Odd List Ryan Lambie Jan 8, 2013
It takes a certain kind of actor to bring a truly great villain to life. They need to be able to reach into the darkest recesses of their psyche, certainly, but they also need to bring a touch of something extra, too. They need to convince us not only that they're cruel, but that they're also human beings - after all, the best movie villains are often seductive and magnetic as well as unspeakably amoral.
While the finest antagonists are usually played by actors, there have been occasions where directors have stepped in front of the camera to indulge their inner demon. The list that follows attempts to deal exclusively with performances from people known primarily as directors first, »
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