Well, the real race this year is over with the ladies, as Gloria Swanson and Bette Davis plot to kill Judy Holliday. But the gents have some arguments of their own. José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón won for Cyrano de Bergerac:
Louis Calhern was judged worthy of his performance as Oliver Wendell Holmes in The Magnificent Yankee:
William Holden lay there face down in the pool in Sunset Blvd.:
James Stewart played with his pooka in Harvey:
Finally, Spencer Tracy fumed and flustered as Father of the Bride:
But who did the Academy leave out?
Humphrey Bogart, in what may be his darkest role, in Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place:
Alec Guinness, at his most amusing and versatile in Kind Hearts and Coronets:
Spencer Tracy could have just as easily been nominated for his turn in Adam’s Rib (and yes, this IS the year the Academy held this eligible!)
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-Won-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-ebook/dp/B00PKK8MBY/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415905574&sr=1-2
And now, please vote!