Continuing our reflection on what should have been as we head towards the 84th Academy Awards on 26th Feb.
Although nominated in 1985 for Best Actor for his portrayal of John Book in Peter Weir’s Witness, Harrison Ford’s finest acting moments on screen are as the obsessive inventor Allie Fox in Weir’s The Mosquito Coast the following year. Ford has never been a dynamic character actor, but his work with Weir was the closest he came. Criminal he wasn’t on the shortlist of nominations in 1985.
As 26th Feb and the 84th Oscar ceremony approaches, I will be posting a series of movie scenes highlighting awesome performances that should have been recognised by the Academy.
Two of the greatest acting perfomances in one movie Woman Under the Influence 1974(Directed by John Cassavetes): Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk who should have been awarded Best Actress (nominated but won by Ellen Burstyn for Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) and Best Supporting Actor (not nominated and won by Robert de Niro for The Godfather Pt. II).
As people go nuts for feelgood silent film The Artist, take time to hunt out copies of these seminal silent classics:
1. Greed (1924) Dir. E von Stroheim
2. The General (1926) Dir. Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman
3. Nosferatu (1922) Dir. F W Murnau
4. Battleship Potemkin (1925) Dir. Sergei Eisenstein
5. The Kid (1921) Dir. Charlie Chaplin
6. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) Dir. Robert Wiene
7. Man with a Movie Camera (1929) Dir. Dziga Vertov
8. Sunrise (1927) Dir. F W Murnau
9. Metropolis (1924) Dir. Fritz Lang
10. Un Chien Andalou (1929) Dir. Louis Bunuel