Hello, Bloggers, it's been a while since I did Oscar coverage for next year as I have only done my predictions for the nominations for Best Actress. Today, I will make my predictions for Best Actor. Here we go:
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher: Foxcatcher is said to be an Oscar hopeful this awards season and seems to be on the right track as it just won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival. Carell may not have won Best Actor, but he could easily benefit from how the Academy likes to reward movie stars or comedians for re-inventing themselves, like they did with this year's Best Actor winner, since Carell is going serious playing a real-life schizophrenic and altered his appearance in the process. So, a nomination seems more than likely despite the film getting cold feet during last year's awards season.
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game: Benedict Cumberbatch is quite a commodity in Tinseltown these days, with Star Trek Into Darkness and the Hobbit sequels under his belt, as well as the recent Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave, and his loyal fan base thanks to his work on Sherlock. Cumberbatch's upcoming film The Imitation Game seems primed to be an Oscar contender because it is about a real-life cryptographer who was prosecuted during WWII because of his homosexuality. Seems a bit "on the nose", but it surely does have Oscar written all over it and a nomination for Cumberbatch would certainly help further his rising star.
Michael Keaton, Birdman: Michael Keaton has been on Hollywood's radar since the 80's, with films like Batman, Mr. Mom, and Beetlejuice. Now, he has been slightly off the radar lately and seems to have been hiding in the "Bat Cave" so to speak. But that could change with the upcoming Oscar hopeful Birdman, which is about a Broadway actor trying to recapture his former glory. A nomination could make it seem like life does imitate art and put him back on the radar.
Jack O'Connell, Unbroken: While Hollywood likes to recognize older veterans that have been in Tinseltown forever, they also like to push forward the next generation. The upcoming biopic Unbroken seems poised to be an Oscar contender and could be a breakthrough role for relative newcomer Jack O'Connell. Plus, Hollywood darling Angelina Jolie is behind the camera and it is scripted by Oscar darlings Joel and Ethan Coen and if the film is a success, then those two facts could be very telling.
Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner: Timothy Spall, aka Peter Pettigrew from Harry Potter, is one of those steadily working character actors that hardly get any awards recognition for their tremendous work. Since Spall just won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival, that could further his chance at getting nominated. Not only that, but the fact that Mr. Turner is done by Oscar favorite Mike Leigh and usually the Academy likes to nominate his actors. Plus, other supporting character actors that get nominated sometimes get nominated in the Best Actor category, like David Strathairn and Richard Jenkins, and see their hard work and dedication in Hollywood pay off.
Now onto a few dark horses that the Academy might not say "neigh" to:
Ben Affleck (Gone Girl): He already has two Oscars, but has never been nominated for his acting before, so this could be new for him.
Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up): Depending on its early summer release date and whether the film is a success or not, Boseman could be an Oscar hopeful with his portrayal of James Brown.
Robert Downey, Jr. (The Judge): RDJ has had quite a run thanks to the commercially successful Iron Man and Avengers films, but will they nominate him for The Judge as a reminder to protect his artistry?
Brad Pitt (Fury): He may have just won Best Picture, but he could easily get an immediate afterglow nomination if Fury, another Oscar contender coming out this year about WWII, is successful.
Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar): Could the McConaissance continue?
Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice): It's a Paul Thomas Anderson film and the Academy is pretty fond of him, but it sort of depends on whether Phoenix would be in good graces with the Academy after his "Oscars are bulls**t" comment a few years ago.
So, those are my predictions for who could potentially land a spot in the Final Five and who could take their places. Next, I will do my predictions for Best Supporting Actress. Thanks for reading!