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Musical Project: Best Leading Actor 1964

March 30, 2013

5. Rex Harrison – My Fair Lady
Harrison is not bad playing professor Henry Higgins. He succeeded well in portraying him as a cold-minded and bullheaded person. Though he doesn’t sing throughout songs, he handles them very well. I just missed something more from him. Something that would make it just a bit remarkable. The charm, the jazz that Hugh Jackman mirrored into Jean Valjean, for instance…

4. Richard Burton – Becket
A very similar to Harrison. Richard Burton did everything the role of Becket asked him to do. But he let Peter O’Toole overshadow him. He had some very fine moments, indeed, but he didn’t do anything to make his performance a bit remarkable. But the most memorable performance of Becket is O’Toole’s, which is a bit ironic, when Becket is the leading character…

3. Anthony Quinn – Zorba the Greek
I had a hard time choosing the one winner this year and then even harder time ranking the two left performances, but this is the way I did it. Quinn is really great as Zorba. His characterization of this simple, but very wise man is almost perfect. I have just one blame. When he was on the screen with Lila Kedrova, she overshadowed him a bit. It’s not so much his fault, because Kedrova’s performance is outstanding, but yet it’s still true…

2. Peter O’Toole – Becket
In O’Toole’s hands king Henry II. is one of the most memorable kings ever. He overshadowed everything in the film, I even believe he overshadowed the film itself. He had a very juicy role to play and he used it perfectly. He was overacting sometimes, but he never crossed the line of the tolerableness. You can be sure that this performance you’ll remember very very long time…
1. Peter Sellers – Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
From the top three wonderful performances I’ve finally decided to go with Peter Sellers. I have two reasons for that. The first reason is that he really was the biggest surprise for me. I didn’t expect to like him, at all. Somehow I thought this film and this performance will be nothing for me. And yet I enjoyed both of them. The second reason is that among the nominees he really had the most difficult thing to do. Play the three different characters and really play they them differently and even play them greatly. And he succeeded flawlessly…


Louis, your prediction was right, so you can choose the year you’d like me to do right after I finish the musical project. I don’t know, if I’ll be able to, but if all of the films will be available to me, then I’ll do it (you can choose any category)…
  1. I love Rex in My Fair Lady πŸ™‚

  2. Louis Morgan permalink

    I’ll just randomly say 1998 supporting.

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