The Color of Money The seventh time was the charm for Newman, who won his first and only lead actor Academy Award reprising the role he made famous in 1961s The Hustler pool shark Fast Eddie Felson in Martin Scorseses 1986 continuation. Newman seems to be relishing his return to the signature role. This time around, Felson is a liquor salesman who sees a flaky young kid (Tom Cruise) playing pool and decides to coach him in hopes that his quirky behavior will unnerve the big-money pool players. Roger Ebert said about Newmans performance: Watching Newman is always interesting in this movie.... In many of Newmans close-ups in this movie, he shows an enormous power, a concentration and focus of his essence as an actor. Newman also won the National Board of Review award.