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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Crawford, Aug 16, 2019.
Perhaps, but Gregory Peck was outstanding too as Atticus Finch.
Very true. It was a tough call I'm sure, but the thing that tips it in O'Toole's favor for me are the layers of character he imbues in Lawrence. Peck's portrayal of Atticus was assured and touching, but not as nuanced IMO.
And for that, AMPAS really owed it to O'Toole for "The Lion in Winter". Sorry, Charly, indeed.
His performance in The Stuntman is possibly my favorite of his, but he was competing with Robert De Niro in Raging Bull that year so....
Peck's performance was less showy, but he was very effective in my opinion. His film character is one of my favorite of all-time. Furthermore, that was a very strong year for Best Actor. You have Burt Lancaster in "Birdman of Alcatraz" and Jack Lemmon in "Days of Wine and Roses". Both of those performances would have been worthy too in my opinion.
Yeah, I have to agree with you there.
Oh, I agree completely with all of the above. O'Toole's Lawrence wasn't just showy though. He was able to bring plenty of subtle pathos to (IMO) a more complex character than Finch, and in the framework of such a wonderful production it was a perfect storm for me. Lancaster and Lemmon were both worthy as well, but O'Toole really just nailed it and then sealed it with a kiss. My opinion of course.
When speaking of Peter O'Toole as T. E. Lawrence and Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch one comes to understand why George C. Scott was not a believer in awards. Completely different roles, different scripts, different directors and very different actors. It is almost futile that even we, within our own selves, feel a near Sophie's Choice need to select one from the other. Fortunately, though, we really don't have to; for I, too, have attempted the same and all for not. As it is, "Lawrence of Arabia" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" are for the ages; both as films and performances. Either actor was beyond worthy.
My rationale for the Gregory Peck decision is simple: "Mockingbird" was Gregory Peck's 5th nomination to which he was overdue; especially for this, his Atticus; a career performance that was altogether indelible, poetic and deeply humane.
But damn, where was AMPAS in 1968 when it was Peter O' Toole's turn at bat? His Henry II was so crackling brilliant. And he seamlessly convinced us all - at the age of 36 - that he was the same and exact age as the then 50 year-old Katharine Hepburn. Stroke for stroke O' Toole volleyed and matched his acting wits and best against the finest of Hepburn performances; for whom, as we all know, did win the Oscar for her Eleanor of Aquitaine.
As for "My Favorite Year" being released on Blu?
Well, just try a "Day One" on for size.
IMO, O’Toole was marvelous as Lawrence but Peck deserved it that year. O’Toole was absolutely deserving of it for The Lion In Winter. A truly towering performance.
Yes...tough choice there. O'Toole was more overtly showy and "dynamic" in LAWRENCE, but it was his first film, and maybe back then the Academy was apt to wait until a bit later in his career to reward him...which they never did. MY FAVORITE YEAR would have made a perfect late-career win for him, and a well-deserved one. But Henry Fonda was the obvious choice, as he was dying and ON GOLDEN POND was to be his last film. That might have been a great time to have the first tie for Best Actor in Oscar history. (P.S. Correction on this... see post 55.)
Peck had been around for quite a while when he made MOCKINGBIRD, and played it with great quietude and dignity, which made him a stand-out among the cast and established his Atticus as the perfect role model for his children...and the entire town, for that matter. Sure wish we had a lot more like that character in this world -- the real world -- right now.
I remember when the Academy offered him an Honorary Oscar, his initial inclination was to reject the offer saying that he wanted to win one in competition and he thought being given a special one wouldn't help his chances (of course, someone should have reminded him that both Fonda and Newman were given special awards the year before earning their Best Actor Oscars). He did, in fact, agree to accept it, and he was later nominated for Venus, but though many favored him to win, he didn't.
O'Toole said on Charlie Rose that he thought his best performance was GOODBYE MR CHIPS. Sadly Warner seems to have no interest in releasing it.
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...& he gave a nice little speech when he accepted it.
Great post, Dick; but one minor correction to offer.
The first tie for Best Actor occurred in the 1931/32 ballot.
Fredric March for "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and Wallace Beery for "The Champ".
Hmmm. My bad. Thanks for the correction.
To the surprise of absolutely no one:
“Accordingly, we have changed the title of your order from My Favorite Year to My Favorite, Most Likely Next Year.”
That made me laugh!
I'm done ordering Warner titles on Amazon.
This is just crazy. As I mentioned in another thread, Warner's biggest 4k release, THE WIZARD OF OZ is now not even showing a firm date which means Amazon cannot commit to shipping it out on release date.
Although to be fair, this has been Amazon’ standard operating procedure for years - long before their current problems.
I assumed it was a ‘not trusting the press release’ thing and waiting for a confirmation of ‘stock arrival’. With the shutdown of replication plants, many items were pushed back, so it seemed that Amazon would wait for final confirmation on each release.
There’s a lot of blame directed at Amazon that appears to be a supplier issue (that may, in truth, have been created by contract dispute)