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Paul Newman "The Hustler"
Newman may have won his lead actor Oscar for playing pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson in The Color of Money, the 1986 sequel to this 1961 classic, but he really should have won the Academy Award for his exhilarating, audacious turn as the young pool shark in this uncompromising drama based on Walter Tevis novel, co-adapted and directed by Robert Rossen. Newmans scenes with his girlfriend, the alcoholic Sarah (Piper Laurie), and the ultimate pool hustler Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) are remarkable in their power and simplicity. Newman won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for best actor.