BIL'S BEST ACTOR
Toshiro Mifune is probably the most famous Japanese actor who ever lived, but my personal favourite Thespian to emerge from that country’s fascinating cinema industry is Tatsuya Nakadai. Throughout his career he managed a deft and subtle level of sexy masculinity and intelligent strength, never letting his handsome face speak for itself. He topped his oeuvre with Akira Kurosawa’s last celebrated masterpiece Ran, fully embodying the anger and eventual madness of the maestro’s eastern vision of King Lear.
Honour Roll: Julian Sands, A Room With A View
BIL'S BEST ACTRESS
There’s lots of great choices in this category this year, and my very favourite is the amazing Norma Aleandro in the greatest Argentinian film of all time.…