Thursday, February 19, 2009

Oscar Week Continues: Best Actor

What do you know about these films? What do you remember? The following actors were nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the 1980s. Can you remember who actually won?
Check back first thing tomorrow morning for the winners.

1980 Nominees:
  • Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull
  • Robert Duvall as Lieutenant Colonel Bull Meechum in The Great Santini
  • John Hurt as John Merrick in The Elephant Man
  • Jack Lemmon as Scottie Templeton in Tribute
  • Peter O'Toole as Eli Cross in The Stunt Man
1981 Nominees:
  • Warren Beatty as John Reed in Reds
  • Henry Fonda as Norman Thayer in On Golden Pond
  • Burt Lancaster as Lou Pascal in Atlantic City
  • Dudley Moore as Arthur Bach in Arthur
  • Paul Newman as Michael Colin Gallagher in Absence of Malice
1982 Nominees:
  • Dustin Hoffman as Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels in Tootsie
  • Ben Kingsley as Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi
  • Jack Lemmon as Ed Horman in Missing
  • Paul Newman as Frank Galvin in The Verdict
  • Peter O'Toole as Alan Swann in My Favorite Year
1983 Nominees:
  • Michael Caine as Dr. Frank Bryant in Educating Rita
  • Tom Conti as Gowan McGland in Reuben, Reuben
  • Tom Courtenay as Norman in The Dresser
  • Robert Duvall as Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies
  • Albert Finney as Sir in The Dresser
1984 Nominees:
  • F. Murray Abraham as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus
  • Jeff Bridges as Starman in Starman
  • Albert Finney as Geoffrey Firmin in Under the Volcano
  • Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Amadeus
  • Sam Waterston as Sydney Schanberg in The Killing Fields
1985 Nominees:
  • Harrison Ford as Det. Capt. John Book in Witness
  • James Garner as Murphy Jones in Murphy's Romance
  • William Hurt as Luis Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman
  • Jack Nicholson as Charley Partanna in Prizzi's Honor
  • John Voight as Oscar 'Manny' Manheim in Runaway Train
1986 Nominees:
  • Dexter Gordon as Dale Turner in 'Round Midnight
  • Bob Hoskins as George in Mona Lisa
  • William Hurt as James Leeds in Children of a Lesser God
  • Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson in The Color of Money
  • James Woods as Richard Boyle in Salvador
1987 Nominees:
  • Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street
  • William Hurt as Tom Grunick in Broadcast News
  • Marcello Mastroianni as Romano in Dark Eyes
  • Jack Nicholson as Francis Phelan in Ironweed
  • Robin Williams as Adrian Cronauer in Good Morning, Vietnam
1988 Nominees:
  • Gene Hackman as Agent Rupert Anderson in Mississippi Burning
  • Dustin Hoffman as Raymond Babbitt in Rain Man
  • Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin in Big
  • Edward James Olmos as Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver
  • Max von Sydow as Lassefar in Pelle the Conqueror
1989 Nominees:
  • Kenneth Branagh as Henry V in Henry V
  • Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic in Born on the Fourth of July
  • Daniel Day-Lewis as Christy Brown in My Left Foot
  • Morgan Freeman as Hoke Colburn in Driving Miss Daisy
  • Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society

1 comment:

  1. Speaking of Karen Allen, I wrote an unsolicited script for a Starman sequel back in 1998. It was my first script and I quit college to finish it. It’s been gathering dust ever since. I sent it to Jeff Bridges and John carpenter, although I would prefer if Carpenter didn’t direct a sequel. I wrote some good f/x sequences and some interesting characters. I’m pretty sure I’ll never be involved, but I’d to see the f/x scene from the beach being incorporated, (Jeff’s manager Neil will know the one, totally plagiarised from another movie, but it would look great on film today). If anyone has any questions, email me at and I’ll answer them. (Although I won’t give away any plot points. And yes there is a son and indeed, I actually have the perfect casting suggestion!!