Oscar Actors: Kline, Kevin–Best Supporting Actor, A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

In this funny and enjoyable farce, based on an original screenplay by John Cleese and Charles Crichton, Kevin Kline, who won the Best Supporting Oscar Award, steals every scene he is in due to precise comic timing and impressively physical performance.

Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis (for a change cast in a good role), and Michael Palin pull off a tricky robbery, but they still need the assistance of a rigid and stuffy barrister (John Cleese) to make their successful gate away.

Kline won the Oscar at his first (and only) nomination, and he is still one of the few thespians to be rewarded for a comedic performance.

Kline’s competition in that category included vet Alec Guinness in “Little Dorrit,” Martin Landau in “Tucker: The Man and His Dream,” River Phoenix in “Running on Empty,” and Dean Stockwell in “Married to the Mob.”

Oscar Nominations: 3

Director: Charles Crichton

Screenplay (Original): John Cleese

Supporting Actor: Kevin Kline

 

Oscar Awards: 1

Supporting Actor

Oscar Context

The most nominated film in 1988, “Rain Man,” received four Oscars out of its 8 nods, including Picture, Director, and Actor.  The other Best Picture nominees represented a mixed bag in genre and quality:
“Dangerous Liaisons” and “Mississippi Burning,” each with 8 nominations, Mike Nichols’s comedic fable “Working Girl,” with 6, and Kasdan’s literary adaptation “The Accidental Tourist,” with 4.

 

 

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