Best Actor – 1962


Actual Nominations: Gregory PeckTo Kill a Mockingbird as Atticus Finch Burt LancasterBirdman of Alcatraz as Robert Stroud Jack LemmonDays of Wine and Roses as Joe Clay Marcello MastroianniDivorce, Italian Style as Ferdinando Cefalù Peter O’TooleLawrence 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

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