Suggestion: Award-Worthy Clergy

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Many people know that playing athletes, politicians or disabled or dying people gives you a leg-up when the Oscar nominations come around. But a number have also been nominated for playing clergy members or characters working in religious settings.

Regardless of your or their religion, which of these actors gave the excellent performance you were praying for?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026062762

NOTES:
#1 - I'm not sure I got everyone, particularly the very early years, if someone (or many) could double check, that would be excellent
#2 - I have too many. Who should I drop and why?
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Ben Kingsley as Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi (1982)
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Jen,

If time permits, I will double check whether you missed any award-worthy clergy.

You may wish explicitly limit your poll to the main awards film awards (Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA). Otherwise, your list of choices could potentially balloon.

For your consideration:
The Shoes of the Fisherman (I) (1968)
Awards
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063599/awards

Laurel Awards 1970
Nominee
Golden Laurel
Male Dramatic Performance
Anthony Quinn as Archbishop Kiril Pavlovich Lakota
4th place.

National Board of Review, USA 1969
Winner
NBR Award
Best Supporting Actor
Leo McKern as Cardinal Leone
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I'm only doing those who had Oscar nominations. I just added the other awards they actually won underneath to show how badass they are. I'm thinking maybe that wasn't clear and I should remove them?
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Jen,

I personally keep the other awards, but add a note to the effect that other awards are included for reference.
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Maybe limit the poll to the most notable performance from each movie, it avoid poll options that come in second or third in their own movie and keep the poll size manageable.

I second the nomination for Anthony Quinn as Archbishop Kiril Pavlovich Lakota in The Shoes of the Fisherman(1968) , It was the first movie I thought of on the topic.
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Gandhi for "out of box" clergy type.
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Bing Crosby played the same role twice... how about making it one option?
I like this poll very much, may I suggest another order than the chronological one... so many iconic performances deserve to be on the top. Besides, Spencer Tracy is listed twice in the Top 5, kind of redundant...
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I get what you're saying about Tracy, but they are two separate performances. Just because you might vote for one doesn't mean you think the other is the best. I concur with your Crosby note.

Elmo (or anyone), have suggestions?

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Who should I drop and why?
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Philip Seymour Hoffman's The Master character was basically a leader of a sex cult.  Really not sure why he's on the list.  I'm not sure how you classified him as a member of the clergy.

"One night, Freddie finds himself in San Francisco and stows away on the yacht of a follower of Lancaster Dodd, the leader of a nascent philosophical movement known as "The Cause."" From the wiki page.

What church was Mahatma Gandhi a clergy member as well?  He was a religious figure but that's not the same as being a member of the clergy.

If you take the literal definition as restrictions to the list?  You may cull the number down to below the max of 35.
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Also Susan Surandon WON an Oscar for Dead Man Walking as a nun: Sister Helen Prejean.

Maybe limit the options to real life clergy.  Kick out the fictional characters?
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Intro "But a number have also been nominated for playing clergy members or characters working in religious settings." If we were going strictly by actual clergy, rather than those working in a religious capacity I'd have to remove Rose Sayer, Joan of Arc, Elmer Gantry and Greta.

Lancaster Dodd was as much of a religious figure as Jim Jones or L. Ron Hubbard. That's why I included him.

Sarandon was bolded, which means she won.

I really want to have both fictional and real...
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Jen,

I realize that it is hard to choose which of the 36 members of the clergy to remove from the poll. May I offer a suggestion:
Cecil Kellaway as Monsignor Ryan in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
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Just curious - why him?
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Jen,

From what I remember of 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' (1967), Monsignor Ryan was not as central to the film as Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Kathryn Hepburn and Katharine Houghton's characters.