‘To feel forgiveness you gotta forgive
It’s lost on me, I believe in revenge’
(It’s Not War) Just The End Of Love
Official Nominations: Birdman of Alcatraz – Thelma Ritter. The Manchurian Candidate – Angela Lansbury. The Miracle Worker – Patty Duke. Sweet Bird of Youth – Shirley Knight. To Kill a Mockingbird – May Badham
This was a strong year all round for actors and actresses with Patty Duke picking up the win making her the youngest winner up till that point. She was used to the role of Helen Keller on stage so that it wasn’t much of a leap when the play was translated onto screen. As much as I adore Thelma Ritter, I think from the actual awards I’ll give the win to Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate, well deserved especially as it is such an opposing performance to what we’re used to from her. Also nominated was Mary Badham as Scout where she holds her own against Peck and became the youngest ever nominee in this category. Shirley Knight gets another nomination for Sweet Bird Of Youth for a performance which stood out even when surrounded by a large cast.
My Winner: Angela Lansbury
My Nominations: Thelma Ritter. Angela Lansbury. Sue Lyon. Joan Crawford.
I’ve made two additions for my choices- Sue Lyon for her shocking portrayal of Lolita and Joan Crawford for Whatever Happenned To Baby Jane – a film where she is largely overshadowed by Davis. This time my winner is Ritter for another sterling show, proving yet again that she was one of the greats.
My Winner: Thelma Ritter
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‘I feel so small in the supermarket queue
People seem to laugh at my choice of food
My personality is held together with Sellotape
A loose fit just like a numb junkies’ hate’
Official Nominations: Ed Begley – Sweet Bird of Youth, Victor Buono – What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Telly Savalas – Birdman of Alcatraz, Omar Sharif – Lawrence of Arabia, Terence Stamp – Billy Budd
A strange one this year, with Ed Begley edging the official win ahead of some more likely winners. My winner is Telly Savalas for a role he isn’t really remembered for but should be sought out. Everyone recalls Omar Sharif, who seemed like the most likely winner, while newcomer Terence Stamp is electrifying in his debut, and Victor Buono gets an odd nomination for a small part in Baby Jane.
My Winner: Telly Savalas
My Nominations: Robert Mitchum. Telly Savalas. Peter Sellers. Anthony Perkins.
My choices this year are mostly different, with only Telly Savalas surviving. Robert Mitchum gets my win for his wicked performance in Cape Fear as one of Cinema’s great villians, a role which was only recognised later. Peter Sellers gives Lolita another nomination in a role unlike most of his more famous ones while Anthony Perkins is superb in The Trial next to Orson Welles. Perkins should really be in the Best Actor category but I put him here to make the nominations a bit more even.
My Winner: Robert Mitchum
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Official Nominations: Anne Bancroft -The Miracle Worker. Bette Davis - What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. Katharine Hepburn - Long Day’s Journey into Night. Geraldine Page - Sweet Bird of Youth. Lee Remick - Days of Wine and Roses
The brilliant Anne Bancroft picked up the actual win this year but it is Bette Davis’ performance which most people now will be familiar with. Hepburn and Page give great performances too but my winner from this group is Lee Remick as the crumbling alcoholic in an all too real portrayal.
My Winner: Lee Remmick
My Nominations: Bette Davis. Lee Remick. Anne Bancroft.
I can’t do any better than The Academy this year, so my win again goes to Remmick.
My Winner: Lee Remick
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‘What’s the point in always looking back/when all you see is more and more junk’
No surface all feeling
Actual Nominations: Gregory Peck – To Kill a Mockingbird as Atticus Finch Burt Lancaster – Birdman of Alcatraz as Robert Stroud Jack Lemmon – Days of Wine and Roses as Joe Clay Marcello Mastroianni – Divorce, Italian Style as Ferdinando Cefalù Peter O’Toole – Lawrence of Arabia as T. E. Lawrence
This was a big year for leading male performances with at least two of the nominations remaining iconic to this day. Peter O’Toole commands the screen with his misty eyed Lawrence in a role which has seen him on British TV screens every Christmas, while Gregory Peck gives his career defining performance as judge, father, and all round good man Atticus Finch- a role which has ensured that he will haunt English Classrooms for years to come. Peck won the award this year and gets my vote too. Other A-listers missing out this year included a fiery drunk Lemmon (two Ms) , and a harmonious Burt Lancaster. Propping up the list is Marcello Mastroianni is the hit Italian comedy as an unhinged husband.
My Winner: Gregory Peck.
My Nominations: Gregory Peck. Burt Lancaster. Jack Lemmon. James Mason. Marlon Brando.
There isn’t too much difference in my choices except that I have added Brando for Mutiny On The Bounty and James Mason for Lolita.
My Winner: Marlon Brando