Alan Arkin received his second Oscar nomination for portraying Lt. Rozanov in The Russians Are Coming, The Russians are Coming.
Alan Arkin plays one of the Russians in the odd situation. This is a performance that is rather hard to say all that much about because Arkin just does very little in this film.It is not due to a lack of screen time, but rather just the amount of what his character actually does is incredibly little. The main point of his character is he is one of the few level headed characters in the film as everyone else goes crazy.
All that Arkin does is basically run around say how he is looking for a boat to get the submarine out, as well as react in disbelief at the various crazy actions of the town. Arkin is perfectly fine in the role I suppose, his accent is entirely natural enough. His reactions to the various are fine, and slightly humorous I suppose, but not particularly funny still.
There is very little total that can be said about Arkin otherwise than he is fine with the small amounts of requirements in the part, but at the same there is nothing really required of him on a whole. I also do not really think he could have pulled more out of the part than he does, he really is about as good as he could be with so little material to deal with. Arkin is entirely fine, but this nomination really makes no sense.