Sunday, December 14, 2014

87th Oscar Lead Actor Updates (2014-2015 Awards Season) (12/14/2014)

The best actor race is filled with important biographical pieces on the one hand, and stunning out of the box performances on the other.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nightcrawler was a particular favorite in my household, and I may still move him into the top five before January (or even next weekend after I see Foxcatcher). But the fundamentals of the race are still against him even after those SAG and Golden Globe nominations: It’s a film from a small studio with a small campaign budget that got a relatively small release, there aren’t any best picture coattails for him to ride to the nomination, and the actors branch usually prefers to nominate “creepy” characters in the supporting category rather than in lead. Still, here’s hoping that Jake makes the necessary rounds to promote the film -- and that voters actually put the screener in the DVD player to watch it!

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  1. Michael Keaton in Birdman (Predicted Winner)
  2. Eddie Redmayne in The Theory Of Everything
  3. David Oyelowo in Selma
  4. Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
  5. Steve Carell in Foxcatcher

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  1. Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
  2. Timothy Spall in Mr. Turner
  3. Bradley Cooper in American Sniper
  4. Oscar Isaac in A Most Violent Year
  5. Jack O’Connell in Unbroken
  6. Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. Miles Teller in Whiplash
  8. Tom Hardy in Locke
  9. Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher
  10. Joaquin Phoenix in Inherent Vice
  11. Bill Murray in St. Vincent
  12. Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar
  13. Ellar Coltrane in Boyhood
  14. Ben Affleck in Gone Girl
  15. Chadwick Boseman in Get On Up
  16. Christoph Waltz in Big Eyes
  17. Brad Pitt in Fury
  18. Brendan Gleeson in Calvary
  19. John Lithgow in Love Is Strange
  20. James Corden in Into The Woods

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  1. Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods And Kings
  2. Gael Garcia Bernal in Rosewater
  3. Bill Hader in The Skeleton Twins
  4. Alfred Molina in Love Is Strange
  5. Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man
  6. Mark Wahlberg in The Gambler
  7. Mark Ruffalo in Begin Again
  8. Chris Rock in Top Five
  9. Jeremy Renner in Kill The Messenger
  10. Bill Nighy in Pride
  11. James McAvoy in The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby
  12. Jim Broadbent in Le Week-End
  13. Andre Benjamin in Jimi: All Is By My Side
  14. Aleksey Serebryakov in Leviathan
  15. Tommy Lee Jones in The Homesman
  16. Russell Crowe in Noah
  17. Colin Firth in The Railway Man
  18. Michael Pena in Cesar Chavez
  19. Robert Downey Jr. in The Judge
  20. Al Pacino in The Humbling
  21. Viggo Mortensen in The Two Faces Of January
  22. Jude Law in Dom Hemingway
  23. Kevin Costner in Black Or White
  24. Jon Favreau in Chef
  25. George Clooney in The Monuments Men

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As always, check the Tracker Pages in the upper right hand corner of this blog for the most updated predictions in all categories!    

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