Best Supporting Actor – 1967

Official Nominations: George Kennedy. John Cassavetes. Gene Hackman. Cecil Kellaway. Michael J Pollard.

George Kennedy was the surprise winner this year for his memorable turn as the big, brazen friend to Paul Newman’s Luke, against type for his usual bad guy roles. John Cassavetes could almost have been awarded a nomination for the Best Lead Actor category but due to the ensemble nature of The Dirty Dozen he fits into this category better – standing out in the large cast as one of the most memorable characters. Gene Hackman made his first significant impact this year with Bonnie And Clyde, and although he plays second fiddle to Beatty and Dunaway it is clear he has star power of his own. Kellaway feels like a strange choice as he doesn’t have a major role or a huge amount of screen time in Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, but is an affable presence who supports the young lovers unexpectedly. Finally, Michael J Pollard gives Bonnie And Clyde another nomination, giving a respectable performance as the unlikeliest member of the gun-totin’ clan.

My Winner: John Cassavetes.

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My Nominations: George Kennedy. John Cassavetes. Alan Arkin. Telly Savalas. Peter Sellers.

Kennedy and Cassavetes make it over to my list and join Alan Arkin for his sinister, over the top performance in Wait Until Dark. Speaking of over the top performances, Telly Savalas turns on the crazy in The Dirty Dozen as the most ill-advised choice of ally to go on a suicide mission. Finally, Peter Sellers does as well as he can in the original Casino Royale, winning most of the laughs that the film has.

My Winner: John Cassavetes.

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Who do you think deserved the Best Supporting Actor award for 1967? Let us know in the comment!

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2 thoughts on “Best Supporting Actor – 1967

  1. John Charet April 20, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    Great post 🙂 I would go with either Gene Hackman or John Cassavetes as well 🙂 Did you know aside from being a talented actor. Cassavetes is also a great independent filmmaker 🙂 Check out Shadows and A Woman Under the Influence which are among many of his great works 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

    • carlosnightman April 21, 2016 / 12:08 pm

      I’ve only seen a couple of his directorial movies, they’re difficult to find, but it seems he was highly thought of and influential

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