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!