BIL'S BEST ACTOR
The Italian neo-realists were huge on hiring non-professional actors as leads in their films, and this never paid off more than when De Sica got Carlo Battisti to play a retired pensioner trying to keep up in a world beyond his control in the director’s most powerful film Umberto D. For a movie about an old man and his small dog, it is, surprisingly, not in the least bit manipulative or schmaltzy.
Honour Roll: Richard Burton, My Cousin Rachel; Gary Cooper, High Noon; Kirk Douglas, The Bad And the Beautiful; Michael Redgrave, The Importance Of Being Earnest
BIL'S BEST ACTRESS
My preference is for a performance that isn’t quite so showy but blends into the film’s perfection…