Hello, Bloggers, since I updated my predictions as to who will be nominated for Best Actress at next year's Oscars, here are the updates I have made for my predictions for Best Actor. Take a look:
Bruce Dern, Nebraska: If he is nominated, this could be Dern's second nomination as he was previously nominated back in 1979 for his supporting turn in Coming Home and as I've said before, the Academy loves to give veteran performers who have either won or been nominated a long while ago another shot at the gold. One thing that I think will benefit Dern is that Nebraska is an Alexander Payne film, and Payne is an Academy favorite. Plus, he won the Cannes Award for Best Actor, so that could be a possible benefit and if he's nominated, he could pull of an Alan Arkin or Christopher Plummer-level win whereas the Academy will think "it's time" and award the gold to him because it could be his last chance.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave: The film itself is really starting to pick up steam, much like some of its stars, which includes its lead Chiwetel Ejiofor. If Ejiofor is nominated, it could be his first nomination and for one of the few movies where he is THE lead, unlike most films where he is typically a supporting player. So a nomination could definitely show his hard work and dedication over the years in Hollywood really starting to pay off.
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips: Now onto someone who has already won 2 Oscars: Mr. Tom Hanks. After having seen Captain Phillips, I would definitely not be crushed if he was nominated as he was fantastic as always. The film itself and his performance are getting rave reviews and the film is becoming a box office success despite its competition with the box office titan Gravity. The film's B.O. success proves that Hanks still has star power so the Academy will probably not only want to reward him for performance but for proving that at age 57, he's still got "it".
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club: McConaughey has made quite a career turnaround in recent years after doing light-hearted rom-com fare, by going with smaller gritty indie projects and winning critical praise for it, as well as winning the Indie Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor for Magic Mike. Now, he could potentially have the words "Academy Award-nominee" over his name in movie trailers for starring in Dallas Buyers Club, where he plays an AIDS-victim. He lost a drastic amount of weight for his role and the Academy loves to reward actors who play physically-demanding roles for their efforts. I guess Stewie Griffin can't tell McConaughey how much he sucks now.
Robert Redford, All Is Lost: Now onto another veteran actor who, unlike Bruce Dern, has won before, but ironically, not for acting. Robert Redford has won Best Director back in 1981 for Ordinary People and has only been nominated for Best Actor back in 1974 for The Sting. But in All Is Lost, he plays a man who is shipwrecked in a film that has little to no dialogue and he is the only actor in the entire movie. Redford is getting rave reviews for his performance so not only will that benefit him, but the fact that it is a mentally and physically demanding role, as he has no co-stars for support and he does his own water stunts. So pulling that off at age 77 is an accomplishment that the Academy will want to recognize.
Now onto the dark horse contenders who could "trot" their way into the Final Five:
Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station): Depending on if the film's early July release will hurt his chances.
Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt): There's always a surprise nomination in the acting categories, and because The Hunt was screened at the Academy and is Denmark's selection for Best Foreign Language Film, I would say look out for Mikkelsen.
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street): Depending on how well the film does and his performance. Plus, whether or not the Academy will decide to give him a strong shot at the golden man another year.
Joaquin Phoenix (Her): Film is getting a good reception from critics, but a nod for Phoenix depends on the crowded awards race.
Christian Bale (American Hustle): The film has yet to come out, but if it gets a positive reception, Bale could battle for a slot in the Final Five.
Forest Whitaker (The Butler): The film is both a critical and commercial success, and Whitaker has gotten rave reviews, one saying it is "the performance of his career".
So, those are my predictions for who will be nominated for Best Actor and who could sneak their way into the Final Five. If you agree or disagree or want to add your own picks, please feel free to write in the comments section. Thanks for reading!