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