And so, dear readers, we come to the end of the Best Actor polls for WHO Won?!? An Irreverent Look at the Oscars, v. 3: 1953-1963.
The field is, this year, showcasing wildly divergent styles of acting, a harbinger of the changes coming for Sixties cinema.
The groundbreaking winner was Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field:
I suspect Rex Harrison was nominated for surviving Cleopatra:
Paul Newman went even deeper into anti-hero territory, crafting a repulsive lead character in Hud:
The British snapped up two nominations, one for the Kitchen Sink School with Richard Harris, This Sporting Life…
…and the other for the roguish and titillating Albert Finney in Tom Jones:
I would suggest one more nomination the Academy did not choose: Steve McQueen’s first major appearance as the king of cool in The Great Escape:
If you would like to make other suggestions, please do so below in the comments! Thank you for visiting for this series of Best Actor polls.
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!