Best Supporting Actor – 1970

Official Nominations: John Mills. Richard S Castellano. Chief Dan George. Gene Hackman. John Marley.

John Mills was always going to get nominated or be a winner eventually, and this was his year. It’s a bit of an embarrassing performance and it’s an odd one out in any normal year – this year though we have some strange/interesting nominations. Speaking of, Chief Dan George at the ripe old age of 71 got his most famous part alongside Dustin Hoffman in in Little Big Man, opening doors for other Native American performers. Similarly, Castellano hit the big time in Lovers And Other Strangers, while Gene Hackman was on the rise and could do no wrong getting another nomination in I Never Sang For My Father. Finally, John Marley, a veteran of big and small screen ensures another nod for Love Story as Jenny’s dad.

My Winner: Chief Dan George


My Nominations: Chief Dan George. Gene Hackman. George Kennedy. Leonard Frey. Robert Duvall.

Only two from the main list, and I’m struggling to pull over any additional strong supporting performances. Kennedy was in three films this year, but we’ll give him the nomination for Airport. Leonard Frey would find greater success the following year, but he’s very good in The Boys In The Band. This is probably a good place to give MASH it’s acting nomination so we’ll hand it to Robert Duvall for an early, surly performance.

My Winner: Chief Dan George

Let us know in the comments who you would pick as the Best Supporting Actor of 1970!

4 thoughts on “Best Supporting Actor – 1970

  1. Joshua Gayou April 5, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    The Outlaw Josie Wales would have been a real bummer without him.

  2. John Charet April 5, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    Great post 🙂 I would have choses either John Mills for Ryan’s Daughter, Elliot Gould for MASH or Chief Dan George for Little Big Man. I am amazed though that you left off not only David Warner for The Ballad of Cable Hogue, but also Jason Robards for lead actor in that film and Stella Stevens for lead actress in that same film. Then again, I do not know If you have seen all of Sam Peckinpah’s films like I have and I love every single film that Peckinpah ever directed 🙂 EIther way, great post as usual 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

    • carlosnightman April 6, 2017 / 10:06 am

      No, I haven’t actually seen that one but I was reading about it to see what it was about. It sounds like quite a departure from what I’m used to by Peckinpah.

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