Are we all underestimating Michael B. Jordan (‘Creed’) at Oscars for Best Actor?

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  • Marcus Dixon
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    All of the Oscar buzz around “Creed” so far has been centered around scene-stealer Sylvester Stallone, and rightfully so. But I’m wondering if Michael B. Jordan — who, you know, actually plays the title character! — has a shot at an Oscar nomination, too. Are we all underestimating Jordan for Best Actor? Or am I crazy?

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    FilmGuy619
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    I think he does. With the buzz surrounding Stallone, it only makes sense to nominate the man who he is supporting. It also helps that Best Actor is so sparse this year with hardly any strong contenders. I mean, Johnny Depp in Black Mass? Nobody cares about the movie and his performance is so cold and distant that I can’t imagine voters checking it off. Also, Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl? Alicia Vikander was five times better than he was.

    Not to take away from the performance itself, but I think with all the “no black actors” controversy last year, that might influence Jordan being included because names like Idris Elba and Will Smith aren’t catching a lot of buzz with their films.

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    He has no chance.

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    I think he does. With the buzz surrounding Stallone, it only makes sense to nominate the man who he is supporting. It also helps that Best Actor is so sparse this year with hardly any strong contenders. I mean, Johnny Depp in Black Mass? Nobody cares about the movie and his performance is so cold and distant that I can’t imagine voters checking it off. Also, Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl? Alicia Vikander was five times better than he was.
    Not to take away from the performance itself, but I think with all the “no black actors” controversy last year, that might influence Jordan being included because names like Idris Elba and Will Smith aren’t catching a lot of buzz with their films.

    You know I like you, but am I missing something? Idris Elba is a Golden Globe and SAG nominee (his ensemble is a SAG nominee too) for his performance. Where is Michael B. Jordan? He has missed all the critics lists and big precursors. Idris Elba is almost a sure bet in supporting. I understand your opinion on Depp or Redmayne, but they are on the lists. And so does Leo DiCaprio, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbander, Michael Caine, Géza Röhrig and some others. Honestly I doubt that Michael B. Jordan is even in Top 10 at this point.

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    KubrickFan98
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    @FilmGuy619 You lost me at “Nobody cares about Black Mass”

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    BenitoDelicias
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    He has no chance. He doesn’t deserve to have a chance either. There are better leading men out there. 

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    manakamana
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    He deserves a nomination but it won’t happen.

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    I might’ve said “yes” initially, but Creed hasn’t exactly resonated with certain critics/industry members in the way that its fans (myself included) might have hoped. It does help Jordan that Best Actor isn’t exactly locked down outside of DiCaprio (with Redmayne, Fassbender, and Cranston probably the closest ones could get to certainties outside of him). But I just don’t think people are expressing enough passion for his performance to help it break through.

    It feels like Stallone is the only aspect of Creed that anyone is actually responding to at this point, and a large part of that is because of how the performance works as a reflection of Stallone’s career. If he gets in, he very likely will be the film’s only nomination.

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    Milk Money
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    Stallone, Jordan, the dazzling cinematography and direction all deserve mentions, but I see only Stallone making the cut unfortunately.

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    He has no chance. He doesn’t deserve to have a chance either. There are better leading men out there. 

    Name them. Because 2015 has been a weak year for everything.

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    While I see everyone’s point about the precursors not fully embracing Creed, I also see the precursors doing things like “let me like this film here and not this one here” they definitely have been spreading the wealth and surprising us. The oscars might appreciate the film more than other shows. Michael B Jordan could sneak in. He’s popped up at various critics awards and won a couple so he’s not going unnoticed.

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    Ryan Lapierre
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    No he won’t get nominated.

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    Atypical
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    No, but his time will come eventually. Jordan would be a deserving nominee.

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    No, of course not. Someday, maybe.
    Also, everyone involved with Fantastic Four is taboo at the Oscars. 

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    GraemeONeil
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    I wish we were underestimating him…but unfortunately not. I just watched the film for a second time, and I loved his performance even more. I’d nominate him over Michael Fassbender, Matt Damon, and Bryan Cranston. (I’d only put DiCaprio and Depp above MBJ).
    Creed is officially my #1 movie of the year. It’s an incredible film. I hope it at least gets a Best Picture nom. 

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