Awhrance lied, he is not perfect

My leading man has gone.   See my tribute to him from my post on what I feared would be his last birthday, Peter O’Toole lá breithe.  A more proper tribute.  He has left so much for us to enjoy and savor, it will be as if he never left.  Entertainment both on screen and off.  Always an interesting interview.  I don’t cling to each performance, not every film.  But he has a fine body of work worthy of each least one Oscar.

A leading man of prodigious talents… IMDb

Why I do not watch Oscar Night, exhibit A ( there are other reasons ):

Peter O’Toole was nominated eight times for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, making him the most-nominated actor never to win the award.

Admittedly the competition in some years was fierce.  Here are the late actor’s eight nominations and who he lost to each year:

• T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia, 1962. Lost to Gregory Peck, who starred as lawyer Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Okay – he lost to one of my favorite movies of all time, no definitely my favorite.  Plus Atticus Finch reminds me of my father.

King Henry II in Becket, 1964. Rex Harrison, who starred as Professor Henry Higgins, opposite Audrey Hepburn, in My Fair Lady, took home the Oscar.

Disagree – a musical?  Stop right there. (I do love old musicals, especially Gene Kelly’s). Becket was a better film on many levels.  Dramatically better and historically intriguing, far more engaging overall.

• King Henry II in The Lion in Winter, 1968. Cliff Robertson won the award for his touching performance in Charly.

Have you ever heard of Charly? –  ( I have, but don’t remember it ) Outstanding O’Toole performance.  Outstanding.

• Arthur Chipping in Goodbye, Mr. Chips, 1969. Bested by John Wayne, the star of the western True Grit.

I love The Duke – but I am not too sure on this one.  John Wayne is John Wayne…in a western.  I was amused and bored.

• Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney, the 14th Earl of Gurney, in The Ruling Class, 1972.  Lost to Marlon Brando, who won for his lead role as mafia patriarch Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather.

No question here – no one challenges Don Vito Corleone.

• Eli Cross in The Stunt Man, 1980. Lost to Robert De Niro, who starred as a self-destructive boxer in Raging Bull.

Haven’t seen Raging Bull – but Bobby D, like the young Vito Corleone he portrayed in Godfather II, cannot be challenged.

• Alan Swann in My Favorite Year, 1982. Ben Kingsley won the Oscar for playing the famed Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi.

Another bad luck timing – Ben Kingsley was as epic as the film Ghandi.

• Maurice in Venus, 2006. Forest Whitaker took the top honor that year for his portrayal of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.

Haven’t seen either one – Forest Whitaker was too intense for me to watch – knowing well of Amin’s atrocities. His performance couldn’t be topped.

Memories from the films I shall watch again and again…again if you haven’t, see also my post for his last birthday

King Henry II, Lion in Winter
King Henry II, Beckett
Richard Burton as Beckett
Richard Burton as Beckett
Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif
Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif

Note, the Oscar list is not my own writing.  The comments are.  

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