The Oscars are like a box of chocolates. Or, in this case, two boxes of chocolates.
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9. Gary Cooper in "Sergeant York" (1941) and "High Noon" (1952)
Your grandfather will have to forgive me, but there is just not much to mine in Gary Cooper's two Oscar-winning performances. He's a striking and classically chiseled man, but "Sergeant York" -- a film in which he defeated Orson Welles for Best Actor -- sees him begin the film with a buffoonish yokel act and descend into an unassuming performance within a more-or-less traditional war film. Then there's "High Noon," the movie that will make you hate Grace Kelly and wonder what the hell America's obsession with Westerns was about. It is the slowest possible burn, a near still-life that sees Cooper summoning some gravitas but never enough to rouse us. I also just watched "Friendly Persuasion" recently, and he was unbelievably awful in that, so pardon if I'm accidentally biased. His endlessly bored expression tells me no.