Monday, March 28, 2011

State of the Race - First Predictions: Best Actor

George Clooney "The Descendants"
Johnny Depp "The Rum Diary"
Leonardo DiCaprio "J. Edgar"
Tom Hanks "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" or "Larry Crowne"
Brad Pitt "The Tree of Life"

Other Possibilties - Viggo Mortensen "A Dangerous Method", Michael Fassbender "A Dangerous Method", Paul Giamatti "Win Win", Mel Gibson "The Beaver", Matt Damon "Contagion", Antonio Banderas "The Skin I Live In", George Clooney "The Ides of March", Ryan Gosling "The Ides of March", Patrick Wilson "Young Adult", Daniel Craig "The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo"

Commentary - This race has some tough contenders, as you can see that greats like Viggo Mortensen, Paul Giamatti, Matt Damon, and Ryan Gosling are in the Other Possibilities section. As I see it, Brad Pitt seems to be in the lead if The Tree of Life is as good as it should be. I am also going with Leonardo Dicaprio, as J. Edgar Hoover, as the Academy loves biopics. Tom Hanks has two serious contenders coming out this year, but I think that Stephen Daldry's film looks like the stronger contender. Johnny Depp is always a contender, and The Rum Diary could be a really great movie. Finally, I went with George Clooney in Alexander Payne's latest The Descendants as Clooney is liked by the Academy, and The Descendants is a very baity project.

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