Yes. Harvey Keitel. A man amongst boys. The consummate cool criminal type. Harvey is in elite company here at Brundlefly being only the second recipient of this prestigious award. Whilst perusing Keitel’s filmography I was actually a little underwhelmed by what I was seeing, hold on allow me to finish, I had this image in my head of Harvey Keitel as this mega-superstar tough guy, he’s been in thousands of good roles. Actually, not really. He’s done a lot of stuff I’ve never heard of. He’s done a lot of stuff that doesn’t look too good. So then you’re saying, “but how did he earn this award?” My friends, ’tis not the volume of the work, but the quality of the work that makes a man a memorable screen force. Harvey has been so money in his select few non-lead roles in great movies that he just sticks out in the mind like a man that is far more prevalent than he is. The man’s badassery is most noticeable in the films Reservoir Dogs, Bad Lieutenant, Pulp Fiction, Sister Act, From Dusk Til Dawn and Copland. While not starring in any of those films, he leaves an indelible mark upon those movies, which all of them are absolute man-standard, must-see films. Seriously, that list doubles as the greatest movies made between 1992 and 1997 (it doesn’t include Heat, I know, but that might be the only movie worth seeing from this time period not listed) and a list of movies Harvey Keitel was in between 1992 and 1997. That’s awesome. It’s like the Bulls six titles in eight years. He did so much with non-lead roles that there isn’t one guy who doesn’t hear his name and think of one of these awesome movies.
You put together a run like that and everything else is the icing on the cake. I seriously challenge you to find me a better five year period of awesome films than that. I really can’t think of one. Congratulations, Harvey, this award is well earned.