I love Spencer Tracy. I truly do. His acting seems to effortless, so natural. He was the first actor to win back-to-back Oscars, for Captains Courageous and Boys Town. So it pained me to no end to realize I thought the Academy was wrong, both times.
Take a look at the choices and see if you agree:
No, he never said “Come with me to the Casbah.” Still, it’s the line mimics did of his for decades.
Now here’s a problem for the Tracy fans; Mr. James Cagney, in Angels with Dirty Faces:
Then there’s Robert Donat in one of his largely forgotten roles, this time in The Citadel. Crusading doctor, anybody?
And then there’s the generally fey Leslie Howard in one of the few movies where I think he did know how to act, George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion:
Those are the five the Academy nominated. Here’s who they left out:
I know he’s not often thought of as an actor, but I think we have to make an exception for Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood:
And then there’s this Cary Grant fellow, regularly snubbed by the Academy, this time for one of his greatest roles, in Bringing up Baby:
Grant is the one in the middle…
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/dp/B00OPEELH0
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