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86th Oscars Predictions: August Edition   3 comments

We’re halfway before the start of the festivals roll now into our Oscar predictions, and a lot of crazy things has happened already! Here’s how I see the state of the Oscar race for the six major categories for this month!

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86th Oscars Predictions: July Edition   4 comments

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86th Oscars Predictions: June Edition   3 comments

Now that the Cannes Film Festival is over, and a lot of primary contenders has released early screenings and major trailers of their films, it’s clearer to see on who will be the top contenders for film’s highest honors for next year. Here are my mid-June predictions:

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Now, what films are you excited about? Do you think Cameron Diaz will really be an Oscar nominee? Is Meryl Streep unstoppable? Will David O. Russell finally win an Oscar?

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86th Oscar Predictions: May Edition   6 comments

Who says it’s too early to predict the Oscars? When it comes to Oscar predicting, nothing is too early. After all, with Sundance, Berlin, and other festivals already done for the year, and movie posters and promos have been done left and right, it’s time to do our first predictions on who will get nominated this year. Let’s begin!

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Who are your predicting to get nominated next year? Add them here below! :)

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85th Oscar Master List Nomination Predictions   2 comments

The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be unveiled six days from now, and a lot of the precursors have already released their choices in Hollywood cinema for 2012. The first master list that I did last year went actually great. In the top 8 major categories I included last year, I had a 95% correct rate in the predictions missing only Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Max Von Sydow for Supporting Actor for the same movie. 

To clear things though, this is a master list of possible predictions meaning that these are the possible final contenders vying for each category. If you are joining any Oscar nomination prediction contest, then this is pretty much what you can use as a reference point. Also, I’ll be including those shortlists from the Academy in some of the technical categories. Here we go!

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BEST PICTURE

Amour
Argo

Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

There’s a huge possibility that we’d get ten nominations for Best Picture this year, as there have been lots of passionate supporters of the movies we have in contention for the top honor. With that said, those who are safer are Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserableles, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty. Both Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom are safe bets, too, though they probably fit the likes of filler nominees. As for the rest, there’s a chance that we can hear them nominated but guilds aren’t too fond of Amour (let’s see how it catches up with other guilds), The Master (not even at the SAG and the art directions guild), and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (can be supported by the British bloc and the age correlation of Oscar voters).

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BEST DIRECTOR

Ben Affleck, Argo
Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Katheryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Tom Hooper, Les Miserables
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

And it all boils down to eight. Affleck, Spielberg, and Bigelow are safe for now. Ang Lee seems to be a director’s favorite, as he’s rewarded with nominations for all his past Oscar efforts. He’d also be getting a DGA nomination and has won that twice so he ahs the support of his own guild. The last spot is somehow tricky. David O. Russell seems the likeliest fifth contender, especially for all his efforts in Silver Linings Playbook. Thanks to The Fighter, it’s now easier for him to throw his name in the game. Quentin Tarantino can also fill up the last spot, as most of his efforts (especially those with Oscar buzz) has specified out his direction. It’s also a flashy performance that can resonate well with voters. Then there’s also Tom Hooper. I really don’t think he’s out per se, though that Globe snub was a big miss. He pulled off the surprise win in 2010 both at the Oscar and the DGA, so he must really have fans within the Academy. Then Paul Thomas Anderson can still sneak in his way to a nod if he maintains a solid passion among voters ala Terrence Malick last year.

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BEST ACTOR

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Jean Louis Trintignant, Amour
Denzel Washington, Flight

Technically, this is just a six way race for the nomination but before we shock ourselves with a Daniel Day Lewis sweep within the next few weeks, here’s a more interesting race to look at. Daniel Day Lewis is in. No questions about that. Then, I’d say Bradley Cooper is also in. He got all the necessary precursors, won a critics award, newbie nominee, and has Harvey Weinstein on his back. That’s as sure as one can get. The next few slots can be tricky, but here’s the way I see the race. Hugh Jackman is in third. Les Mis is a box office juggernaut now, and  its critical appeal is slowly rebuilding its momentum. Plus he’s like the most likable man in Hollywood now. Denzel Washington comes next. He’s a major Hollywood superstar in a comeback Oscar vehicle. Think of it as a sure but filler Oscar nomination. The last spot is between John Hawkes and Joaquin Phoenix. Hawkes plays an Oscar weakness role but is in a really small movie. Meanwhile, Joaquin is funded by Harvey but the nature of his role plus his utter bluntness about the whole Oscar fare can affect his chances. It’s really a battle. As for Richard Gere, congrats on your Globe nod, and Trintignant on your EFA win!

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BEST ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actress is also crowded this year. First, we have the frontrunners Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence. They’re in. No Matter what happens, they’re getting in. Next will probably be Naomi Watts and Marion Cotillard. Both are the flagship accolades that their movies can get and has hit all precursors so far. The fifth slot can be tricky and is between five women. Helen Mirren can get in especially since she only needed a Globe and SAG nod when she got nominated for The Last Station and she got the same nods now. Quvenzhane Wallis is one of the year’s biggest breakthrough talents, and if there’s really a Beasts following, then it’s hard to see her miss. Emmanuelle Riva has the LAFCA win behind her, but no other precursors. However, it had the likes of Nicole Kidman buzzing about her performance. Then we have Rachel Weisz too, who got a Globe nod along her NY critics win, so she’s still in the race as well.

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Alan Arkin, Argo
Javier Bardem, Skyfall
Robert de Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Leonardo di Caprio, Django Unchained
Dwight Henry. Beasts of the Southern Wild
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Now this is the most crowded major category for this year. I still think there’s room for a few more contenders that were not mentioned here, and I won’t be shocked if this will ruin (once again) my predicting skills this year. The only safe man here is Tommy Lee Jones. The rest can still miss though we’d have (in alphabetical order) Alan Arkin who was rewarded for a similar role so Oscar might not bother this time, Javier Bardem who was memorable in Skyfall but was rewarded for a far more iconic villain in this category  in 2007. Both Django Unchained guys can cancel themselves out especially in a crowded category like this. Hoffman is an actor’s actor, and he can get in even if the movie’s not a hit, but he can also cancel himself this year as The Master isn’t getting any support at all. de Niro also is a huge possibility, but with all the accolades focusing on lead stars Cooper and Lawrence, he might sit this one out as well. Lastly, Henry is the newbie we might be waiting here (since there’s always a newbie in the line up since the category’s inception), but he can also easily miss due to lack of precursor support for the performances in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams, The Master
Judi Dench, Skyfall
Ann Dowd, Compliance
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Hathaway, Field, and Hunt are sure bets. There’s no way they’re missing for a nod this year. However, the last two spots can still be a race for five actresses. Amy Adams seems like a sure thing, but with a SAG miss this year, she haven’t had any past Oscar nom that translated despite a  SAG snub. This might be telling. Judi Dench can get a farewell nom for her Bond work, and this can also their way of recognizing her good year. But then again, Bond films doesn’t attract serious buzz within the Academy. Ann Dowd is slowly gaining momentum, but the nature of the film can hurt her the way it hurt Tilda Swinton last year despite getting all precursor nominations. Nicole Kidman got Globe + SAG nods, and while it’s actually a strong combo, the dislike of the film and her role in it can turn off some voters. Lastly, Maggie Smith got a SAG nod only in her name, but she’s Dame Maggie Smith, and that can be enough campaign for her… or not.

As for the rest of the race:

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ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Amour
Django Unchained
Flight
The Intouchables
Looper
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

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Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Lincoln
Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Sessions
Silver Linings Playbook

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ANIMATED FEATURE

Brave
Frankenweenie
From the Poppy Hill
Hotel Transylvania
The Painting
Paranorman
The Pirates: Legend of the Misfits
The Rabbi’s Cat
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck it Ralph

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Amour (Austria)
Beyond the Hills (Romania)
The Deep (Iceland)
The Intouchables (France)
Kon-tiki (Norway)
No (Chile)
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
Sister (Switzerland)
War Witch (Canada)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Bully
Chasing Ice
Detropia
Ethel
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
The House I Live In
How to Survive a Plague
The Imposter
The Invisible War
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Searching for Sugar Man
This is Not a Film
The Waiting Room

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Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
Lincoln
Looper
Men in Black 3
Snow White and the Huntsman

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

The Amazing Spider-Man
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
John Carter
Life of Pi
Marvel’s The Avengers
Prometheus
Skyfall
Snow White and the Huntsman

As for my Oscar nominations predictions, they’ll be posted here on Tuesday. Happy Oscar predicting!

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20 Most Deserving Oscar Best Supporting Actor Wins   2 comments


Last April, I came up with my personal list of the 2o Most Deserving Oscar Best Actress Wins wherein Olivia de Havilland’s The Heiress prevailed on top (which is currently being performed on Broadway by the great Jessica Chastain). Now, this is the second part of the four acting categories that I will be doing. In this part, the ladies have to sit down as the men takes center stage. The Best Supporting Oscar has been a venue of rewarding a lot of character actors and veterans way back from Walter Brennan’s first victory for Come and Get It in 1936 up to current champ’s Christopher Plummer’s win for Beginners just earlier this year. Of the 76 victories in this category, here are 20 performances that stood out from the rest:

20. MICHAEL CAINE, “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986)

Role: Elliott, husband of actress Hannah who has an affair with one of his wife’s sister
Competition: Tom Berenger (Platoon), Willem Dafoe (Platoon), Denholm Elliott (A Room With a View), Dennis Hopper (Hoosiers)

Two time winner here in this category, Sir Michael Caine has yet to win a Lead Actor Oscar, but his two victories in the Supporting ones are some of his best performances. In particular, his performance in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters takes the cake and deserves a slot in the top 20.

19. GEORGE CHAKIRIS, “West Side Story” (1961)

Role: Bernardo Nunez, head of the gang of Puerto Rican immigrants in Manhattan
Competition: Montgomery Cliff (Judgment at Nuremberg), Peter Falk (Pocketful of Mysteries), Jackie Gleason (The Hustler), George C. Scott (The Hustler)

Whether it’s the musical numbers or the slick choreography that you admire the most in this Best Picture winner, one can’t deny that lots of it has something to do with George Chakiris’ lively and energizing performance as Bernardo Nunez. That, and his chemistry with Rita Moreno’s Anita.

18. JOEL GREY, “Cabaret” (1972)

Role: Master of Ceremonies, the storyteller in the film
Competition: Eddie Albert (The Heartbreak Kid), James Caan (The Godfather), Robert Duvall (The Godfather), Al Pacino (The Godfather)

From one musical to the other, George Chakiris’ performance as the storyteller slash master of ceremonies in the film can be easily played by a nameless actor, but the way that he engaged the watchers is credited to his immense talent. This surely worked in his favor, as he managed to win over three Godfather actors in this category.

17. JACK NICHOLSON, “Terms of Endearment” (1983)

Role: Garrett Breedlove, womanizing neighbor of Aurora who is afraid of commitment
Competition: Charles Durning (To Be or Not to Be), John Lithgow (Terms of Endearment), Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff), Rip Torn (Cross Creek)

The most rewarded male actor by the Academy, Nicholson’s only win in the Supporting category (out of four nominations), is also one of his bests. As someone who is afraid of commitment, thus resulting to having cold feet in his relationship to Shirley Maclaine’s Aurora, Nicholson not only relied to his physical charisma but providing the emotional gravitas needed a well.

16. DENZEL WASHINGTON, “Glory” (1989)

Role: Pvt Silas Trip, escaped slave who joined the Massachusetts Infantry Regiment
Competition: Danny Aiello (Do the Right Thing), Danny Aykroyd (Driving Miss Daisy), Marlon Brando (A Dry White Season), Martin Landau (Crimes and Misdemeanors)

Two years after his pilot nomination for Cry Freedom, Washington comes back in full glory (no pun intended) as the standout among the crop of supporting actors in this film. In Glory, Denzel was all out in showing his potential to be one of the best actors in his generation, and the same can still be said about him today.

15. BENICIO DEL TORO, “Traffic” (2000)

Role: Javier Rodriguez, police officer responsible for the revealing of drug transport in Mexico
Competition: Jeff Bridges (The Contender), Willem Dafoe (Shadows of the Vampire), Albert Finney (Erin Brockovich), Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator)

It’s really difficult to stand out in an ensemble such as the one in Traffic. But while we can credit Stephen Gaghan’s multi-layered script, or the sharp direction of Steven Soderbergh, there’s a reason why it was only Puerto Rican Benicio del Toro who was nominated among the cast. His Javier Rodriguez was a one two combo of his balanced portrayal of an honest yet haunting officer.

14. EDMUND GWENN, “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)

Role: Kris Kringle, Santa Claus at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
Competition: Charles Bickford (The Farmer’s Daughter), Thomas Gomez (Ride the Pink Horse), Robert Ryan (Crossfire), Richard Widmark (Kiss of Death)

Probably one of the most known characters in this list, Gwenn’s performance as the Santa Clause in 1947’s Miracle on 34th Street is no way miraculous. It was already given by the get go that his poignant turn deserves merit, and Oscar fortunately agrees with me on this one.

13. JOE PESCI, “Goodfellas” (1990)

Role: Tommy DeVito, robber part of a local mob
Competition: Bruce Davison (Longtime Companion), Andy Garcia (The Godfather Part III), Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves), Al Pacino (Dick Tracy)

Mob movies and characters from such have been a staple in this category that many tried to replicate but not give justice to the said genre. One of the exceptions though is Joe Pesci’s Tommy DeVito in this Best Picture nominee. Now if only we can have Damian say “Danny Tommy DeVito I love your work”, then that would be the cherry on top of this cake.

12. KARL MALDEN, “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951)

Role: Harold Mitchell, a suitor of Vivian Leigh’s Blanche Dubois
Competition: Leo Genn (Quo Vadis), Kevin McCarthy (Death of a Salesman), Peter Ustinov (Quo Vadis), Gig Young (Come Fill the Cup)

Another movie that stood the test of time, A Streetcar Named Desire has been mostly remembered for the performances of Marlon Brando or Vivien Leigh, or the countless adaptations that has been produced in Broadway or in the small screen. But here’s one FYC: Do not forget to check out Karl Malden’s Oscar winning performance in it, and you’ll understand why.

11. CHRIS COOPER, “Adaptation” (2002)

Role: John Laroche, orchid expert who helped Susan Orleans in her book writing
Competition: Ed Harris (The Hours), Paul Newman (Road to Perdition), John C> Reilly (Chicago), Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can)

To share most of your time onscreen with Meryl Streep is a very daunting task. Awards-wise, you’d always fade away and nominations seem to be unlucky just like Sam Neill in A Cry in the Dark, Stanley Tucci in Julie and Julia, the ladies of The Devil Wears Prada, and even Clint Eastwood in The Bridges of Madison County. The most you can have is a nomination just like the triumvirate in Doubt. The only exception though is 2002 winner Chris Cooper who not only shared a perfect chemistry with Streep herself, but he even went home with an Oscar on his hand.

10. KEVIN KLINE, “A Fish Called Wanda” (1988)

Role: Otto West, a self proclaimed intellectual recruited to be a part of a jewel heist
Competition: Alec Guinness (Little Dorrit), Martin Landau (Tucker: The Man and His Dream), River Phoenix (Running on Empty), Dean Stockwell (Married to the Mob)

Comedies rarely get any recognition outside of the Golden Globes, so it is always refreshing to see actors win Oscars for comedic performances such as this victory of Kevin Kline in 1988 for his role as a part of a jewel heist in A Fish Called Wanda. This gives us reassurance that every now and then, Oscar knows his humor.

09. KEVIN SPACEY, “The Usual Suspects” (1995)

Role: Roger Kint, survivor of a massacre up for interrogation
Competition: James Cromwell (Babe), Ed Harris (Apollo 13), Brad Pitt (12 Monkeys), Tim Roth (Rob Roy)

Another two time Oscar winner, Kevin Spacey’s first Oscar was in the supporting category for this flexible and layered performance as one of the two survivors in 1995’s The Usual Suspects. It’s really hard to argue with the Academy when they give very deserved wins such as this one.

08. GEORGE SANDERS, “All About Eve” (1950)

Role: Addison DeWitt, theater critic who is observant of Eve’s career
Competition: Jeff Chandler (Broken Arrow), Edmund Gwenn (Mister 880), Sam Jaffe (The Asphalt Jungle), Erich von Stroheim (Sunset Boulevard)

While all the buzz was between the leading ladies of this 1950 Best Picture title holder, George Sanders made sure that he will not be forgotten and that he will make a mark for his performance in his film. Alas, not only is he rewarded with an Oscar, his victory is also one of the best this category has ever produced.

07. TIMOTHY HUTTON, “Ordinary People” (1980)

Role: Conrad Jarrett, son of a dysfunctional family who recovered from a failed suicide attempt
Competition:  Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People), Michael O’Keefe (The Great Santini), Joe Pesci (Raging Bull), Jason Robards (Melvin and Howard)

Like what I mentioned, the Supporting Actor category has been a venue to reward character actors or older veteran ones. That is why, category confusion aside, it is very refreshing to see victories such as this one by Timothy Hutton as the troubled son of a dysfunctional family in Ordinary People. His performance, definitely, is far from ordinary in it.

06. WALTER HUSTON, “Treasure of Sierra Madre” (1948)

Role: Howard, an old man part of the triumvirate planning to search for gold
Competition: Charles Bickford (Johnny Belinda), Jose Ferrer (Joan of Arc), Oskar Homolka (I Remember Mama), Cecil Kellaway (The Luck of the Irish)

Probably one of the most remembered winning performances in this category, it is really not difficult to fathom why Walter Huston won in 1948. It’s the typical supporting turn that tends to scream “scene stealer!” With that said, it will be difficult to pre-judge a scene stealer like Howard, when he nails it in and out in this performance.

05. CHRISTOPH WALTZ, “Inglourious Basterds” (2009)

Role: Hans Landa, a ruthless yet charming Austrian officer searching for Jews all over France
Competition: Matt Damon (Invictus), Woody Harrelson (The Messenger), Christopher Plummer (The Last Station), Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones)

The last of the triumvirate of the bad guys rewarded in this category during the last decade, who knew that at 52, TV actor Christoph Waltz will waltz his way (this time, pun intended) to a unanimous award acclaim for his performance as Colonel Hands Landa in this Tarantino flick. What I particularly loved about Landa is that while you know he’s the bad guy, it’s easy to see his soft spots as well. This, I credit, to Christoph Waltz’s bravura performance.

04. HEATH LEDGER, “The Dark Knight” (2008)

Role: The Joker, antagonist to Bruce Bayne’s Batman
Competition: Josh Brolin (Milk), Robert Downey Jr (Tropic Thunder), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt), Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road)

While one can still see the good in Hans Landa, it’s easy to spot the not so good in terms of Heath Ledger’s Joker. Despite it being a posthumous win, it really did not overshadow the fact that this performance has been the best among all of Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and probably will be the most iconic too. When the only bad thing you can say about Ledger’s Joker are the character’s intentions, you know that this one is for keeps.

03. JAVIER BARDEM, “No Country for Old Men” (2007)

Role: Anton Chigurh, hitman who plays a cat and mouse chase with Josh Brolin’s Llewelyn Moss
Competition: Casey Affleck (Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson’s War),  Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton)

Before Joker and Col. Landa took over the “bad guy” territory, everyone felt the chills as Javier Bardem sneaked his way in and out of Texas searching for Llewelyn Moss. You can laugh all you want about Javier Bardem’s bad hairdo in the film, but there’s nothing bad you can say about this universally acclaimed performance of his. The near end shot of him with his face bloodied yet still alive is one of the creepiest you’ll see in a film that’s not about ghosts.

02. ROBERT DE NIRO, “The Godfather Part II” (1974)

Role: Don Vito Corleone in flashbacks
Competition: Fred Astaire (The Towering Inferno), Jeff Bridges (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot), Michael V. Gazzo (The Godfather Part II), Lee Strasberg (The Godfather Part II)

When we’re talking about The Godfather, it’s really impossible to pass on the topic of the performances of the actors in the trilogy. Given that condition, it is more difficult when you’re playing Don Vito Corleone whose character already won itself an Oscar two years ago in the Lead Actor category by Marlon Brando nonetheless. But thanks to Robert de Niro’s effortless yet memorable performance, not only does this role scoop another Oscar, but de Niro’s performance and win is also the second best win in this category.

01. CHRISTOPHER WALKEN, “The Deer Hunter” (1978)

Role: Nikonar Chevotarevich, steel worker who serviced during the Vietnam War
Competition: Bruce Dern (Coming Home), Richard Farnsworth (Comes a Horsemen), John Hurt (Midnight Express), Jack Warden (Heaven Can Wait)

And the champion among all champions is none other than… Christopher Walken. Michael Cimino’s Best Picture winner in 1978 not only provided controversy during its time, his terrific direction also gave us a lot of performances to cherish. One of those is Christopher Walken’s heartbreaking, honest, and raw performance as Nikonar Chevotarevich. Despite the backlash the movie has received during the awards season that year, the acclaim for the performance (particularly of Walken’s) has even naysayers rooting for it.

There you go! What are your favorite inclusions on the list? How about the ones you think should have been excluded? Also, are there missing performances you want to lobby for? Pipe them in below!  🙂