1966 – Best Supporting Actor

Official Nominations: Walter Matthau. Mako. James Mason. George Segal. Robert Shaw.

This years nominations don’t hold many surprises, although the shock win of Walter Matthau for The Fortune Cookie may have raised a few eyebrows due it it being light fare. In his first collaboration with Jack Lemmon, Matthau is memorable as the slimy, money-grabbing Whiplash Willie. In a film (The Sand Pebbles) which attempts to portray the racism of the time and situation, Mako makes for a sympathetic and always likable character who befriends some of the US sailors at the cost of creating enemies elsewhere. Mason is, as always, dependable in a role (Georgy Girl) which required him to give his standard cold demeanor shtick and later become more obviously affectionate, while George Segal undergoes similar changes as Nick in Who’s Afraid Fo Virginia Woolf? Robert Shaw picks up the final nomination as Henry VIII in A Man For All Seasons in one of the definitive performances of the big chicken-thigh eater.

My Winner: Mako

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My Nominations: Mako. Robert Shaw. Lee Van Cleef. Eli Wallach.

Mako and Robert Shaw make it over to my nominations, and I add to that couple two men who went toe to toe with The Man With No Name in The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.  Lee Van Cleef, a man who looks like a veteran of the Wild West through and through, gives a worn, sinister performance as Angel Eyes. The bad guy of the piece, Van Cleef tones down much of the charm which made previous villians so memorable, and accentuated the ruthless, murderous side. My win though goes to Wallach whose performance is largely grounded in comedy, but manages to make the audience both despise him and feel pathos. In a film where most of the performances are marked more by the silence and the internalised, Wallach’s Tuco provides the outlet for the emotion and absurdity of the events.

My Winner: Eli Wallach

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Who is your pick for the best Supporting Actor of 1966? Let us know in the comments section!

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3 thoughts on “1966 – Best Supporting Actor

  1. John Charet February 17, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    Nice choice 🙂 Eli Wallach was great in the role and their was a time (believe it or not) that I actually thought he was either Mexican or Spanish because he played a Mexican bandit in The Magnificent Seven 🙂 Speaking of a great actor, have you ever heard of Warren Oates? Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

    • carlosnightman February 18, 2016 / 10:15 am

      Yep, I know him best from The Wild Bunch, saw him most recently in Stripes

      • carlosnightman February 18, 2016 / 12:12 pm

        And of course The Shooting, which is mentioned in my next post!

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