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Posted Today, 12:30 AM

The BAFTA Awards for 1984 were ….

 

Best Actor

Haing S. Ngor, The Killing Fields

Tom Courtenay, The Dresser (83)

Albert Finney, The Dresser (83)

Sam Waterston, The Killing Fields

 

Best Actress

Maggie Smith, A Private Function*

Helen Mirre, Cal

Meryl Streep, Silkwood (83)

Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment (83)

 

Best Supporting Actor

Denholm Elliott, A Private Function*

Michael Elphnick, Gorky Park

Ian Holm, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

Ralph Richardson, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

 

Best Supporting Actress

 

Liz Smith, A Private Function*

Eileen Atkins, The Dresser (83)

Tuesday Weld, Once Upon a Time in America

Cher, Silkwood (83)



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Posted Yesterday, 04:37 PM

The National Society of Film Critics Awards for 1984 were …

 

Best Actor

Steve Martin, All of Me*

Albert Finney, Under the Volcano

Robin Williams, Moscow on the Hudson

 

Best Actress

Vanessa Redgrave, The Bostonians*

Kathleen Turner, Crimes of Passion and Romancing the Stone

 

Best Supporting Actor

John Malkovich, Places In the Heart and The Killing Fields*

Ralph Richardson, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

 

Best Supporting Actress

Melanie Griffith, Body Double*

Peggy Ashcroft, A Passage to India



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Posted Yesterday, 02:06 PM

Also in the trove of interviews with John Hurt that were shown on Saturday on the BBC were comments on his roles in Midnight Express (1978) and The Elephant Man (1980).   He credited the make up, hair, costumer and director with helping him find the character in Midnight Express.  That too would be obvious with The Elephant Man but he added that he chose the voice of a middle class person as that is what Merrick would have aspired to be.

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Posted Yesterday, 01:07 PM

Nice write up on John Hurt, Bogie. I was very saddened by his recent death, although I knew it may have been coming sooner rather than later.

 

I wanted to mention another performance of Hurt's from this year that I nominated. In The Hit, Hurt plays Braddock, a gangland killer of very few words. He and his young apprentice, played by a very blond Tim Roth, are tasked with catching informant Terence Stamp, delivering him to the gangster that he informed on, and then killing him. Stamp starts playing subtle mind games with his captors, and Roth is easily rattled. But Hurt remains stoic, unwavering and as cold-blooded as a snake. Or is he? 

 

I rewatched this a couple of days ago, and I was very impressed by the subtlety of Hurt's performance. He has very little dialogue, and much of the time he's wearing dark sunglasses, so even his eyes are hidden from the viewer. But he communicates his emotional state very well through body language, the movement of hands, the set of his shoulders, the tilt of his head. Hurt had some experience acting with most of the actor's tools hidden from view, most notably in The Elephant Man. And here he also manages to convey a full, developed character with very little of the usual elements (dialogue and eye work) that are common in film work.

 

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Posted Yesterday, 12:51 PM

The Boston Society of Film Critics Awards for 1984 were…

 

Best Actor

Haing S. Ngor, The Killing Fields

 

Best Actress

Judy Davis, A Passage to India

 

Best Supporting Actor

John Malkovich, Places In the Heart and The Killing Fields

 

Best Supporting Actress

Peggy Ashcroft, A Passage to India

 

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The National Board of Review Awards for 1984 were…

 

Best Actor

Victor Banjeree, A Passage to India

 

Best Actress

Peggy Ashcroft, A Passage to India

 

Best Supporting Actor

John Malkovich, Places In the Heart

 

Best Supporting Actress

Sabine Azema, A Sunday In the Country



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Posted Yesterday, 09:31 AM

Best Actor of 1984

 

7.  JOHN HURT (Bob Champion), Champions

 

and ...

 

JOHN HURT (Winston Smith) Nineteen Eighty-Four

 

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Champions is a beautiful film and one of Sir John Hurt's (1940-2017) very best.  He plays Bob Champion who won the Grand National Steeple Chase after being diagnosed with cancer.  Yesterday on the BBC they had a program which spun together many interviews of John Hurt.  Actress, Sylvia Sims narrates this series.  Hurt talked about Champions managing to succeed despite having several strikes against it: you know the ending and it is a cancer film.  He also spoke of losing his girlfriend of 16 years, French model Marie-Lise Volpeliere-Pierrot (shown below) in a horsing accident when they were preparing for this film.

 

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My all-time favourite performances by Sir John are two from television: The Naked Civil Servant (1975) and I, Claudius (1976).  But according to him his very best performance by a country mile is in Love and Death on Long Island (1997).  He went as far as to say that it was the culmination of everything he knew about acting.  I must admit that I myself was not that enamoured by that film but I should take another look at it solely for John's performance in it.

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Posted Yesterday, 05:32 AM

Here are my choices of the 100 films I've seen from 1984 for…

 

Best Actor of 1984

 

1.  ALBERT FINNEY (British Vice Consul, Geoffrey Firmin/”William Blackstone”), Under the Volcano

2.  F. MURRAY ABRAHAM (Antonio Salieri), Amadeus

3.  TOM HULCE (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Amadeus

4.  ANTHONY HOPKINS (Lieutenant William Bligh), The Bounty

5.  HAING S. NGOR (Dith Pran), The Killing Fields

 

6.  STEVE MARTIN (Roger Cobb), All of Me

7.  JOHN HURT (Bob Champion), Champions

8.  JEFF BRIDGES (“Starman”/”Scott Hayden”), Starman

9.  MEL GIBSON (Master’s Mate Fletcher Christian), The Bounty

10. WOODY ALLEN (Danny Rose), Broadway Danny Rose

 

and ...

 

LAURENCE OLIVIER (Henry Breasley), The Ebony Tower

SAM SHEPARD (Gil Ivy), Country

NICK NOLTE (Seymour Flint), Grace Quigley

BILL PATERSON (Alan “Dickie” Bird), Comfort and Joy

HARRY DEAN STANTON (Bud), Repo Man

ROBERT DUVALL (Joe Hillerman), The Stone Boy

TERENCE STAMP (Willie Parker), The Hit

MICKEY ROURKE (Charlie), The Pope of Greenwich Village

MICHAEL MCKEAN (David St. Hubbins), This Is Spinal Tap

CHRISTOPHER GUEST (Nigel Tufnel), This Is Spinal Tap

HARRY DEAN STANTON (Travis Clay Henderson), Paris, Texas

JOHN HURT (Winston Smith) Nineteen Eighty-Four

JOHN LONE (“the Iceman”/”Charlie”), Iceman


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Posted Yesterday, 05:27 AM

Here are my choices of the 100 films I've seen from 1984 for…

 

Best Actress of 1984

 

1.  JESSICA LANGE (Jewell Ivy), Country

2.  SALLY FIELD (Edna Spalding), Places In the Heart

3.  SABINE AZEMA (Elisabeth Sutter), L’Amour a Mort

4.  JACQUELINE BISSET (Yvonne Firmin), Under the Volcano

5.  GOLDIE HAWN (Kay Walsh), Swing Shift

 

6.  GENEVIEVE BUJOLD (Dr. Nancy Lovell/”Dr. Love”/"Ann"), Choose Me

7.  SISSY SPACEK (Mae Garvey), The River

8.  KATHARINE HEPBURN (Grace Quigley), Grace Quigley

9.  JUDY DAVIS (Miss Adella Quested), A Passage to India

10. MIA FARROW (Tina Vitale), Broadway Danny Rose

 

and ...

 

LESLEY ANN WARREN (Eve/"Jane"/"Diane"/"Karen"), Choose Me

VANESSA REDGRAVE (Olive Chancellor), The Bostonians

FRANCES MCDORMAND (Abby Marty), Blood Simple

SWATILEKHA CHATTERJEE (Bimala Choudhury), The Home and the World


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Posted Yesterday, 04:18 AM

1984: Danny Peary refused to give awards for 1965. He was wrong. 1984 is the year when no one deserves to win, so I'll leave the top spots empty. 
 
ACTOR:
1. NOBODY
2. F. Murray Abraham - Amadeus
3. Rupert Everett - Another Country
4. Gene Wilder - The Woman in Red
5. Harrison Ford - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
6. Craig Wasson - Body Double
7. Dan Aykroyd - Ghostbusters
8. Eddie Murphy - Beverly Hills Cop
9. Kevin Bacon - Footloose
10. Robert De Niro - Once Upon a Time in America

ACTRESS:
1. NOBODY
2. Carmen Maura - What Have I Done to Deserve This?
3. Jodie Foster - The Hotel New Hampshire
4. Daryl Hannah - Splash
5. Kathleen Turner - Romancing the Stone
6. Heather Langenkamp - A Nightmare on Elm Street
7. Kelly LeBrock - The Woman in Red
8. Mia Farrow - Broadway Danny Rose
9. Nastassja Kinski - Maria's Lovers
10. Goldie Hawn - Protocol

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
1. NOBODY
2. Colin Firth - Another Country
3. Denzel Washington - A Soldier's Story
4. Danny DeVito - Romancing the Stone
5. Eugene Levy - Splash
6. Paul McCrane - The Hotel New Hampshire
7. Nick Apollo Forte - Broadway Danny Rose
8. John Cusack - Sixteen Candles
 
SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
1. NOBODY 
2. Verónica Forqué - What Have I Done to Deserve This?
3. Nastassja Kinski - Paris, Texas
4. Nastassja Kinski - The Hotel New Hampshire
5. Melanie Griffith - Body Double
6. Angela Lansbury - The Company of Wolves
7. Willeke van Ammelrooy - Ciske de Rat
8. Kate Capshaw - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
 
JUVENILE:
1. Molly Ringwald - Sixteen Candles
2. Danny de Munk - Ciske de Rat
3. Hanna Zetterberg - Ronia the Robber's Daughter

BEST EXTRA: George Lucas - Indiana Jonesand the Temple of Doom
BEST ANIMAL PERFORMANCE: Dinero the lizard - What Have I Done to Deserve This?
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Harold Faltermeyer - Beverly Hills Cop
BEST ORIGINAL SONG: 
1. Purple Rain (Prince in Purple Rain)
2. Against All Odds (Phil Collins in Against All Odds)
3. We All Stand Together (Paul McCartney in Rupert and the Frog Song)
BEST QUOTE: "I'm really a nice guy. If I had friends you could ask them." (Splash)

 


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Posted Yesterday, 01:40 AM

The New York Film Critics Circle Awards for 1984 were …

 

Best Actor

Steve Martin, All of Me*

Albert Finney, Under the Volcano

 

Best Actress

Peggy Ashcroft, A Passage to India* 

Vanessa Redgrave, The Bostonians

 

Best Supporting Actor

Ralph Richardson, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes*

John Malkovich, Places In the Heart

 

Best Supporting Actress

Christine Lahti, Swing Shift*

Melanie Griffith, Body Double

 

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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for 1984 were …

 

Best Actors

F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus*

Albert Finney, Under the Volcano*

 

Best Actress

Kathleen Turner, Crimes of Passion and Romancing the Stone* 

Vanessa Redgrave, The Bostonians

 

Best Supporting Actor

Adolph Caesar, A Soldier’s Story*

John Malkovich, Places In the Heart and The Killing Fields

 

Best Supporting Actress

Peggy Ashcroft, A Passage to India*

Christine Lahti, Swing Shift



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Posted 18 February 2017 - 08:56 PM

Best Picture

Amadeus

Blood Simple

Ghostbusters

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

The Killing Fields

The Natural

Places in the Heart

A Soldier's Story

 

Best Director

Robert Benton, Places in the Heart

Milos Forman, Amadeus

Hugh Hudson, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

Norman Jewison, A Soldier's Story

Roland Joffe, The Killing Fields

 

Best Actor

F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus

Kevin Bacon, Footloose

Jeff Bridges, Starman

Eddie Murphy, Beverly Hills Cop

Bill Murray, Ghostbusters

Haing S. Ngor, The Killing Fields

Robert Redford, The Natural

Howard Rollins Jr., A Soldier's Story

Sam Waterston, The Killing Fields

 

Best Actress

Phoebe Cates, Gremlins

Sally Field, Places in the Heart

Diane Lane, The Cotton Club

Frances McDormand, Blood Simple

Andie McDowell, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

Kathleen Turner, Romancing The Stone

Sigourney Weaver, Ghostbusters

 

Best Supporting Actor

William Atherton, Ghostbusters

Hoyt Axton, Gremlins

Wilford Brimley, The Natural

Danny Glover, Places in the Heart

Tom Hulce, Amadeus

John Lithgow, Footloose

John Malkovich, The Killing Fields

Pat Morita, The Karate Kid

Denzel Washington, A Soldier's Story

James Woods, Against All Odds

 

Best Supporting Actress

Elizabeth Berridge, Amadeus

Glenn Close, The Natural

Christine Lahti, Swing Shift

Amy Madigan, Places in the Heart

Sarah Jessica Parker, Footloose

 

Best Juvenile Performance

Barrett Oliver, The Neverending Story

Sarah Patterson, The Company of Wolves

Molly Ringwald, Sixteen Candles

 

Best Song

Against All Odds, Against All Odds

Footloose, Footloose

I Can Dream About You, Streets of Fire

I Just Called to Say I Love You, The Lady in Red

Neutron Dance, Beverly Hills Cop


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Posted 18 February 2017 - 06:55 PM

Actor

 

Tom Hanks, Splash
Harry Dean Stanton, Paris, Texas
Steve Martin, All of Me
Robert De Niro, Once Upon a Time in America
Bill Murray, Ghostbusters

Runner-ups:  F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus), John Cassavetes (Love Streams), Haing S, Ngor (The Killing Fields), Sam Waterson (The Killing Fields), Matthew Modine (Birdy), Nicolas Cage (Birdy), Prince (Purple Rain), Woody Allen (Broadway Danny Rose), Keith Carradine (Choose Me), Tom Hulce (Amadeus),  John Lurie (Stranger than Paradise), Albert Finney (Under the Volcano), Anthony Hopkins (The Bounty), Dietrich Mattausch (The Wannsee Conference), Kurt Russell (Swing Shift), Steve Martin (The Lonely Guy),

Actress

Daryl Hannah, Splash
Natassja Kinski, Paris, Texas
Lily Tomlin, All of Me
Gena Rowlands, Love Streams
Mia Farrow, Broadway Danny Rose

Runner-ups:  Genevieve Bujold (Choose Me), Lesley Ann Warren (Choose Me), Goldie Hawn (Swing Shift), Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters), Apollonia Kotero (Purple Rain), Marita Breur (Heimat), Rita Letourneau (The Crime of Ovide Plouffe), Pascale Ogier (Full Moon in Paris), Diane Lane (The Cotton Club), Phoebe Cates (Gremlins)

Supporting Actor

James Woods, Once Upon a Time in America
Dean Stockwell, Paris, Texas
Rupert Hines, The Cotton Club
M. Emmet Walsh, Blood Simple
Ralph Richardson, Greystoke:  the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

Runner-ups:  John Candy (Splash), Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters), Hunter Carson (Paris, Texas)*, Bob Hoskins (The Cotton Club), Dan Hedaya (Blood Simple), Eugene Levy (Splash), Morris Day (Purple Rain), Peter Fitz (The Wannsee Conference), Fred Gwynne (The Cotton Club), Richard Edson (Stranger than Paradise), Roy Chiao (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), Jose Ferrer (Dune), Jorge Hube (Heimat), Jeffrey Jones (Amadeus), Patrick Bachau (Choose Me), Dean Stockwell (Dune), Donald Pilon (The Crime of Ovide Plouffe), Richard Libertini (All of Me), Kevin McMillan (Dune), Maurice Hines (The Cotton Club), Laurence Fishburne (The Cotton Club)

*Juvenile Performance of the Year

Supporting Actress

Peggy Ashcroft, A Passage to India
Aurore Clement, Paris, Texas
Eszter Balint, Stranger than Paradise
Elizabeth McGovern, Once Upon a Time in America
Angela Lansbury, The Company of Wolves


Runner-ups:  Chistine Lathi (Swing Shift), Victoria Tennant (All of Me), Jennifer Connelly (Once upon a time in America), Jacqueline Bisset (Under the Volcano), Elizabeth Berridge (Amadeus), Lonette McKee (The Cotton Club), Tuesday Weld (Once Upon a Time in America)

Not seen:  Country, The Bostonians, The River, The Karate Kid, The Pope of Greenwich Village

 

--------For the first time since 1946, all 20 acting nominees are in English-language movies, notwithstanding the presence of films by Leone and Wenders among them.


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Posted 18 February 2017 - 05:05 PM

Best Actor: Phillip Baker Hall –Secret Honor
Best Actress: Gena Rowlands –Love Streams
Best Supporting Actor: Haing S. Ngor –The Killing Fields
Best Supporting Actress: Nastassja Kinski –Paris, Texas

 

All four are absolutely phenomenal, with Hall narrowly edging out Stanton and Abraham who also do some of the best work of the decade. Kinski's work is some of my favorite ever in that category.

 

If Ngor is really a lead, which I think there's certainly a strong argument for I just hadn't much considered until now, then supporting actor would go to M. Emmett Walsh in Blood Simple.


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Posted 18 February 2017 - 04:29 PM

Two of the shortest performances that I've nominated thus far can be seen almost in their entirety below: Apologies if they both feature some NSFW language.

 

Paul Shaffer in This Is Spinal Tap

 

 

 

Bronson Pinchot in Beverly Hills Cop

 



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Posted 18 February 2017 - 04:17 PM

"Hundreds of years before the dawn of history

Lived a strange race of people, the Druids

No one knows who they were or what they were doing"

 

The band submits a sketch of Stonehenge and commissions a smaller replica to be built for their performance.  However, their drawing is written out as 18" instead of 18'.  Hence, during the performance the hilarious Tiny Stonehenge drops down:

 

"I really think you're just making much too big a thing out of it."

"Making a big thing out of it would have been a good idea!" 


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Posted 18 February 2017 - 03:19 PM

"Big Bottom" was robbed. "I Just Called to Say I Love You" wins the Oscar for best 1984 song ? I mean come on.  The entire This is Spinal Tap soundtrack is gold.  "Big Bottom," "Sex Farm," "Hell Hole," "Cups and Cakes"... All classics.  If only we could have heard "Lick My Love Pump" in the film as well. 

 

"...Big Bottom. Big bottom. Talk about bum cakes. My gal's got 'em. Big bottom. Drive me out of my mind. How can I leave this behind?" ...

 

Hilarious.

 

"Hundreds of years before the dawn of history

Lived a strange race of people, the Druids

No one knows who they were or what they were doing"



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Posted 18 February 2017 - 02:55 PM

Favorite line from 1984: "The life of a Repo Man is always intense."

 

You mean 1984 had three movies as quirky, off-the-wall, and really good as Choose Me, This Is Spinal Tap, and Repo Man? Quirky was, like, mainstream that year.

 

Obviously, "Big Bottom" wuz robbed when it came to the best song category. However, all five nominated songs are remembered today, which is highly unusual for this category, especially after the the era of the MGM musical: "Against All Odds," "Footloose," "Ghostbusters," "I Just Called To Say I Loved You," and "Let's Hear It For the Boy." These songs were genuinely popular.

 

I like Sally Field in Places in the Heart, I really like her, but in a fine year for leading performances by women, Judy Davis takes first place for A Passage to India, with Genevieve Bujold in Choose Me, Kathleen Turner in Romancing the Stone, Mia Farrow in Broadway Danny Rose, and Lesley Ann Warren in Choose Me not far behind.

"Big Bottom" was robbed. "I Just Called to Say I Love You" wins the Oscar for best 1984 song ? I mean come on.  The entire This is Spinal Tap soundtrack is gold.  "Big Bottom," "Sex Farm," "Hell Hole," "Cups and Cakes"... All classics.  If only we could have heard "Lick My Love Pump" in the film as well. 

 

"...Big Bottom. Big bottom. Talk about bum cakes. My gal's got 'em. Big bottom. Drive me out of my mind. How can I leave this behind?" ...

 

Hilarious.


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Posted 18 February 2017 - 01:50 PM

Favorite line from 1984: "The life of a Repo Man is always intense."

 

You mean 1984 had three movies as quirky, off-the-wall, and really good as Choose Me, This Is Spinal Tap, and Repo Man? Quirky was, like, mainstream that year.

 

Obviously, "Big Bottom" wuz robbed when it came to the best song category. However, all five nominated songs are remembered today, which is highly unusual for this category, especially after the the era of the MGM musical: "Against All Odds," "Footloose," "Ghostbusters," "I Just Called To Say I Loved You," and "Let's Hear It For the Boy." These songs were genuinely popular.

 

I like Sally Field in Places in the Heart, I really like her, but in a fine year for leading performances by women, Judy Davis takes first place for A Passage to India, with Genevieve Bujold in Choose Me, Kathleen Turner in Romancing the Stone, Mia Farrow in Broadway Danny Rose, and Lesley Ann Warren in Choose Me not far behind.

 


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Posted 18 February 2017 - 09:32 AM

 

1984 Favorites

The year of David Lean's greatest film:

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I really like A Passage To India, which gets better as time passes. I would not necessarily agree it is Lean's "greatest", but it has a nice simple story set against impressive travelogue footage. Also some have commented on the LGBT threads of the curious "bromance" at its heart, even though James Fox's Richard is married to a woman in the finale and Victor Manijee's Aziz is a widower. (Yet Judy Davis' chastity has nothing to fear about Aziz.)

 

I have to admit that Alec Guiness looks completely out of place in this movie. No fault of his. He tries his best playing the "native", but he still resembles all of the Paul Munis and Kate Hepburns of yesteryear playing "natives" and not always pulling it off successfully. I guess we still needed Guiness in this since this was a Lean film. Guiness in a Lean film is almost as important as a loud whistling train in a Lean film.


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Posted 18 February 2017 - 09:15 AM

Leading vs. Supporting Categories in 1984 …

IMO Haing S. Ngor and Sam Waterston are both leads in The Killing Fields.  Oscar put newcomer, Ngor in the supporting category but the entire film is clearly his story along with Waterston who is helping to tell it.  And I think because Ngor won the award people began to see that they would enhance their chances of an award by putting lead performances in the supporting category.

 

I agree. I like Sam Waterston but he is still... well, Sam Waterston. I have not seen Haing S. Ngor in other films to compare his performance to, but he sure goes through a lot of torture here. He would be my pick for best actor of the year. The Killing Fields is not a movie you like to see over and over, anymore than you like war footage over and over, but it certainly belongs in any top 5 list for that year.


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