Who Should Have Won the Best Actor Oscar for 1954?

Welcome to the Best Actor competition for films released in 1954!

“I coulda been somebody!” Oh, he was definitely a contender!

Brando, of course, won the Academy Award for Best Actor for On the Waterfront.

Going up against him as contenders and somebodies were:

The man with the strawberries and the ball bearings, Humphrey Bogart, in The Caine Mutiny:

Bing Crosby, going serious as the typical Oscar-bait alcoholic in The Country Wife:

Dan O’Herlihy, who rented out a movie theater and showed Robinson Crusoe in LA to snag a nomination:

And finally, James Mason, going for one last swim in A Star Is Born:

 

So who did the Academy overlook?

One, Charles Laughton giving one of his finer comic performances in Hobson’s Choice:

And second, James Stewart in one of his finest roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window:

If you would like to make other suggestions, please do so below in the comments!

As always, I have much more to say in my book: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-Volume/dp/069232318X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

And now, please vote!

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