View Full Version : Oscar Hindsight - Best Actor 1990-1999

02-26-2008, 02:47 AM
Let's keep this hot topic hot. Start with a list of all the nominated actors from 1990-1999, plus the winner. Decide if hindsight gave the right actor the right performance, or if someone else deserved the oscar. Obviously if you have never heard of the movie, it hasn't held up well in hindsight. Here's the list (winners first):

* 1990 Jeremy Irons - Reversal of Fortune as Claus von Bülow
o Kevin Costner - Dances with Wolves as "Lieutenant Dunbar"
o Robert De Niro - Awakenings as "Leonard Lowe"
o Gerard Depardieu - Cyrano de Bergerac as Cyrano de Bergerac
o Richard Harris - The Field as "Bull McCabe"

* 1991 Anthony Hopkins - The Silence of the Lambs as "Dr. Hannibal Lecter"
o Warren Beatty - Bugsy as Bugsy Siegel
o Robert De Niro - Cape Fear as "Max Cady"
o Nick Nolte - The Prince of Tides as "Tom Wingo"
o Robin Williams - The Fisher King as "Parry"

* 1992 Al Pacino - Scent of a Woman as "Lt. Col. Frank Slade"
o Robert Downey Jr. - Chaplin as Charlie Chaplin
o Clint Eastwood - Unforgiven as "William 'Bill' Munny"
o Stephen Rea - The Crying Game as "Fergus"
o Denzel Washington - Malcolm X as Malcolm X

* 1993 Tom Hanks - Philadelphia as "Andrew Beckett"
o Laurence Fishburne - What's Love Got to Do with It? as Ike Turner
o Anthony Hopkins - The Remains of the Day as "James Stevens"
o Daniel Day-Lewis - In the Name of the Father as Gerry Conlon
o Liam Neeson - Schindler's List as Oskar Schindler

* 1994 Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump as "Forrest Gump"
o Morgan Freeman - The Shawshank Redemption as "Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding"
o Nigel Hawthorne - The Madness of King George as George III
o Paul Newman - Nobody's Fool as "Sully Sullivan"
o John Travolta - Pulp Fiction as "Vincent Vega"

* 1995 Nicolas Cage - Leaving Las Vegas as "Ben Sanderson"
o Richard Dreyfuss - Mr. Holland's Opus as "Glenn Holland"
o Anthony Hopkins - Nixon as Richard Nixon
o Sean Penn - Dead Man Walking as "Matthew Poncelet"
o Massimo Troisi - Il Postino as Mario Ruoppolo (posthumously nominated)

* 1996 Geoffrey Rush - Shine as David Helfgott
o Tom Cruise - Jerry Maguire as "Jerry Maguire"
o Ralph Fiennes - The English Patient as Count László de Almásy
o Woody Harrelson - The People vs. Larry Flynt as Larry Flynt
o Billy Bob Thornton - Sling Blade as "Karl Childers"

* 1997 Jack Nicholson - As Good as It Gets as "Melvin Udall"
o Matt Damon - Good Will Hunting as "Will Hunting"
o Robert Duvall - The Apostle as "Euliss 'Sonny' Dewey"
o Peter Fonda - Ulee's Gold as "Ulysses 'Ulee' Jackson"
o Dustin Hoffman - Wag the Dog as "Stanley Motss"

* 1998 Roberto Benigni - Life Is Beautiful as "Guido Orefice"
o Tom Hanks - Saving Private Ryan as "Captain John H. Miller"
o Ian McKellen - Gods and Monsters as James Whale
o Nick Nolte - Affliction as "Wade Whitehouse"
o Edward Norton - American History X as "Derek Vinyard"

* 1999 Kevin Spacey - American Beauty as "Lester Burnham"
o Russell Crowe - The Insider as Dr. Jeffrey Wigand
o Richard Farnsworth - The Straight Story as Alvin Straight
o Sean Penn - Sweet and Lowdown as "Emmet Ray"
o Denzel Washington -The Hurricane as Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

My personal picks:

1990: Never seen any of these films, but I respect Irons as an actor and feel the win was justified. AGREE

1991: Hopkins all the way. AGREE

1992: Here's a hard one. Pacino deserved an Oscar, yes, but for the forgettable "Scent of a Woman"? Denzel probably gave the best performance, but seeing as how Pacino's Oscar was long deserved, I'm going to have to AGREE

1993: Tom Hanks was great in Philadelphia and all, but I felt it was more of a current events type of win, with the AIDS epidemic being at its worst. Personally, I felt Liam Neeson gave the best performance - the scene at the end where he breaks down going "I could have saved more". Going to have to DISAGREE with this.

1994: Hanks vs. Freeman, Hanks vs. Freeman. Thinking back though, how hard could it have been to play Forrest Gump? Simple man, southern drawl, blank expression. For that, I DISAGREE and give the win to Morgan Freeman.

1995: Never seen any of these movies. Nicolas Cage has acted in way too many movies like "Next" or "The Wicker Man" for me to take him seriously anymore, so I'll DISAGREE and go with the guy who died.

1996: The two mentally retarded people (thus continuing the tradition brought on by Forrest Gump) cancel each other out. I'm gonna have to DISAGREE and go with Cruise for Jerry Maguire - he really made that part his own and it's still quotable 12 years later.

1997: Sure, give it to Nicholson. This was a weak year for acting, IMHO. AGREE

1998: DISAGREE - Norton in American History X is one of my favorite performances - his transformation is absolutely incredible. Plus, Norton probably wouldn't have climbed over seats and all that bullshit.

1999: AGREE. Great film, great performance.


02-26-2008, 03:06 AM
I agree with most all of them except for Roberto Begnini over Ed Norton, (that's right, I'm disagreeing with their picking the holocaust victim over the Neo Nazi). The only other argument is Freeman over Hanks for Shawshank, but I still think they made the right decision. Freeman did well, but he didn't really have to extend his range as much as Hanks.

02-26-2008, 07:14 AM
Benigni's performance shits on Hanks'.

02-26-2008, 08:30 AM
That's great, except I was comparing Benigni/Norton and Hanks/Freeman, not Benigni/Hanks.

02-26-2008, 08:33 AM
Yeah, I meant Norton. Same difference. Benigni shits on them both.

02-26-2008, 08:34 AM
You sir, are incorrect.

02-26-2008, 08:37 AM
Norton's performance, whilst good, gets hyped so much because of his status as an actor with a cult following.

Benigni's performance was touching, emotional and understated, everything that performance needed.

Only shit thing was him coming up to receive his award. Italian tit.

02-26-2008, 08:43 AM
I liked Benigni's performance, but what I think sets Norton's performance apart is that Benigni played the same goofyish guy for pretty much the whole movie whether he was about town or in a concentration camp. Norton showed a remarkable transformation, not just in the character itself but in the way that he carried himself differently and really drove home the changes and distinctions between the various periods in Derek's life.

02-26-2008, 08:45 AM
1992: Here's a hard one. Pacino deserved an Oscar, yes, but for the forgettable "Scent of a Woman"? Denzel probably gave the best performance, but seeing as how Pacino's Oscar was long deserved, I'm going to have to AGREE

Can't believe I missed this.

It's "forgettable"? Wow. Need to attend more lectures, lad.

02-26-2008, 09:11 AM
PCC has never seen Awakenings or Dances With Wolves?

Post discredited.

02-26-2008, 09:51 AM
Are you trying to say the Best Film School in the World does not a great mind make?


02-26-2008, 06:04 PM
I was gonna take the "Early 90s Films Hun & Osiris Liked" lecture, but I had a conflict and had to drop it.

02-26-2008, 06:05 PM
We're not talking Ice Pirates here.

02-27-2008, 09:19 AM
Hamface not agreeing with Geoffrey Rush's win for Shine is one of the most credibility lost inducing opinions I've ever seen.

That is one of the greatest performances of all time - up there with Peck as Finch and Stewart as Mr. Smith.

Your disagreement with it is incomprehensible and I can only assume you haven't seen the film.

02-27-2008, 08:22 PM
You actually read that?


02-27-2008, 08:25 PM
I went to imdb but I can't find this Oscar Hindsight fellow. Apparently Hamass thinks he is the best actor over a decade so that's good enough for me.

02-27-2008, 08:32 PM

02-27-2008, 08:38 PM
Something else about his 1996 hatred of Shiny McShine:

Hamass says Jerry Maguire should have got the award for being more quotable. So we should award actors for the writers work?

02-27-2008, 08:42 PM
Add that to the rules: A film cannot be nominated for Best Picture unless it has at least three (3) widely quoted lines.

02-27-2008, 08:48 PM
Luckily Schindler's List was a laugh riot thanks to Judd Apatowvitz.

02-27-2008, 08:58 PM
Tom Hanks blows everybody out of the water with his performance in Forrest Gump. Best movie ever. 5 stars. Perfect in every way.

02-27-2008, 09:01 PM
That just shows our parents generation is best understood through the eyes of an idiot.

02-27-2008, 10:17 PM
Something else about his 1996 hatred of Shiny McShine:

Hamass says Jerry Maguire should have got the award for being more quotable. So we should award actors for the writers work?

Three (ironic) points!

02-28-2008, 01:43 AM
I'm tired of actors getting praise for taking "risks" and playing retards. Playing someone whose retarded is not "risky" - these days it's damn near a sure oscar nomination.

Playing a pedophile is risky. Playing someone who kills puppies for fun is risky. Playing Joe Dumbfuck, born retarded but STRUGGLES to make it in today's harsh world isn't risky.

02-28-2008, 02:01 AM
While it's not very hard to play retard it certainly is hard to perfect and make people forget that you are competent. Sean Penn did it well, but Tom Hanks did it averagely.

02-28-2008, 02:52 AM
Johnny Knoxville did it best of all.

Sir John Fashanu
02-28-2008, 05:38 AM
*waits for Ormberg to come along and point out he wasn't acting*

02-28-2008, 05:41 AM
You're going to be waiting a long time for that squire.

02-28-2008, 06:25 AM
Sean Penn did it well, but Tom Hanks did it averagely.

QFT for the first part, QFT lies for the second.

Sean Penn doesn't get enough credit for "I Am Simple."

02-28-2008, 10:02 AM
Dustin Hoffman is definitley better at playing retards than Tom Hanks.

02-28-2008, 10:05 AM
I'd give Dustin Hoffman 2.

02-28-2008, 10:08 AM
I'd give Dustin Hoffman some tapioca pudding.

02-28-2008, 10:57 AM
I'd give him the rasberry.

02-28-2008, 11:07 AM
Uh-oh, fart.