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Pick this season’s 4 acting Oscar winners right NOW: who and why?

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  • TomHardys
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    #192317

    Abraham Attah, Sandra Bullock, Tom Hardy and Rooney Mara. Will explain later!

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    benbraddock
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    Redmayne. Tomlin. Bradley cooper. Mara

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    (BSA) Jason Mitchell, (BA) Tom Hiddleston, (BA) Cate Blanchett, (BSA) Jessica Chastain

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    TerenceFletcher
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    Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Robert De Niro, Rooney Mara

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    FilmGuy619
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    Best Actor: Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs. Deserved Best Actor for Shame and with his makeup transformation into Steve Jobs and how he seems to nail Sorkin’s rapid fire dialogue, I would hope that he is a major threat to win.

    Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for Carol. Because the minute she appeared in the trailer, she already slayed the screen without me having even seen the movie.

    Best Supporting Actor: Tom Hardy for The Revenant. Like the Academy, I always love a good villain and I love Tom Hardy. Plus, can you imagine my reaction if he and Fassy won on the same night? I’d be jumping up and down like I had just freed myself from a straitjacket.

    Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander for Ex Machina. She is set to have a pretty good year and I think a cherry on top of that year would be for her to be rewarded for her potentially most memorable creation. As great as she likely is in The Danish Girl or even Tulip Fever, it’s her Ava I’ll remember for years to come.

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    TerenceFletcher
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    Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Robert De Niro, Rooney Mara

    Just realized I’m supposed to explain why.

    Best Actor: Johnny Depp in Black Mass. He has several nominations under his belt, and this looks like a return to form for him. Plus this role checks a ton of boxes the Academy loves: real person, makeup transformation, mob movie, etc. And Scott Cooper has already won an Oscar for one of his lead actors. While I want to put Leonardo DiCaprio up here, I don’t see them giving him the win for The Revenant.

    Best Actress: Emily Blunt in Sicario. She has yet to be nominated and is already receiving strong looks for this performance. It is a role similar to that of Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs. This, however, is a prediction with very little confidence. There are possibly a dozen women I could see winning right now. I could easily see Jennifer Lawrence or Marion Cotillard winning their second, or Saoirse Ronan or Carey Mulligan their first. I don’t think they’ll give Cate Blanchett her third yet no matter how good she is, especially since they may award the same film in the supporting category.

    Best Supporting Actor: Robert De Niro in Joy. This category loves to award veterans. It has been 35 years since he won his second, and the Academy may want to give him a third to put him up there with other greats. Plus, it’s a David O. Russell film, which the Academy loves. He was likely very close to winning in 2012, the last time he paired up with Russell.

    Best Supporting Actress: Rooney Mara in Carol. She won the award at Cannes, and is in this film with very timely subject matter and alongside the great Cate Blanchett. She already has a nomination under her belt for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and if she goes supporting she’ll likely have a solid shot. A good campaign could do the trick, and the Academy loves awarding lead performances in the supporting categories.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    If I were to pick at this moment, I would need to go exclusively off of what I’ve seen. Of those, I would go with:
    Ian McKellan in Mr. Holmes for Best Actor, and I would be amazed if he’s not in my personal top 5 at year’s end. That performance would be shockingly good if it wasn’t an actor of his calibre. I would hand him an oscar this moment if given the chance.

    Best Actress: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina. You could say that she’s supporting, but she was lead in my opinion, and absolutely killed it. Barely Best in show though, as Oscar Isaac is my number 2 in his category behind:
    Matthias Schoenarts in Far From the Madding Crowd. I can’t understand how he managed to express so much using just his eyes. He was absolutely mesmerizing.
    Best Supporting Actress: Olivia Cooke in Me, Earl and The Dying Girl. It pains me that I know she won’t get nominated for this. It is a fantastic, subtle and impactful performance, that stuck with me long after the credits rolled.

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    manakamana
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    Carey Mulligan – She’s not as popular in the mainstream press, but I’d wager she’s just as respected in industry circles as Jennifer Lawrence and practically seen as overdue (if not outright snubbed for some performances) — and facing the Oscar season during an American primary election year that will have a lot to do with women’s breakthrough in politics. Demographically she fits the typical mold in this category, and she’s I feel like there’s a lot of general warmth towards her. 

    Eddie Redmayne – Double winners are rare, but for mostly circumstantially reasons — it’s hard to find two successive projects that hit the zeitgeist in just the right way with transformative work (and personal congeniality) in movies that the public enjoys. As far as I’ve seen so far, Danish Girl seems to be following an eerily similar path to Theory of Everything last year. A) Being underestimated by the general Oscarology field of people based more on their personal wishes and biases against him and the type of film they’ve already decided it is in their heads, B) The summer before TOE saw a similar cultural urgency about ALS in the way that this Summer has towards Trans* rights, and C) Being directed by someone with an Academy record, and particularly in Hooper’s case a demonstrated ability to appeal to audiences simultaneously. People (in real life) like Eddie, they think he’s hella talented, and he just happens to be striking a deeply resonant chord for the second time in a row. 

    Rooney Mara – Harvey can’t afford to mess this up. Given her career trajectory, reviews, screentime, the Cannes win and Harvey’s faith (a November release suggests this is a priority — perhaps partly because he sees such a ripe opportunity here), it’s hard to rationalize any other guess.

    Idris Elba – An actor with such acclaim and cool factor tackling a disturbingly dark (in substance!) role directed by capable hands should be a Bardem/Ledger/Waltz/Simmons-like streak unless the Netflix factor makes the film fall flat. 

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    Leonardo DiCaprio (RU: Jake Gyllenhaal), Saoirse Ronan (RU: Sandra Bullock), Robert De Niro (RU: Harvey Keitel), Kristen Stewart (RU: Kate Winslet).

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    Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio – I can just see him giving a career best performance in The Revenant and coming off a loss for The Wolf of Wall Street I feel it’s all going towards a well deserved Oscar, Although he will have tough compettion from Michael Fassbender in Steve Job’s.

    Best Actress: Jennifer Lawerence – It’s between her and Cate Blanchett and I think she will come up trump’s at the Oscars, It won’t be a sweep this year though, I can see SAG going for Cate Blanchett and Bafta going for Cary Mulligan. She will win at the Globe’s for Best Actress – Comedy and then the Oscar.

    Best Supporting Actor: Samuel L. Jackson – He’s 20 years overdue and I can’t see anyone par maybe Tom Hardy beating him, Tom Hardy will win at Bafta though.

    Best Supporting Actress: Rooney Mara – She’s a Lead in Supporting, she will Arequette this season and sweep the board. 

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    CanadianFan
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence (yep!), Robert DeNiro (really close with Idris Elba), Rooney Mara

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    AMG
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    BEST ACTOR: Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

    BEST ACTRESS: Brie Larson – Room

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Tom Hardy – The Revenant

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain – The Martian

    They are all some of my favourite actors working today, and have me the most excited for their films, and their performances, this year. I am really looking forward to Carol, so was tempted to go with Blanchett and Mara, but I thought I’d go with two different people from everyone else.

    Eddie Redmayne has been praised by his co-stars already. Admittedly, it would be kind of crap if a co-star said during production ‘he’s a load of rubbish, don’t bother watching our film’, but still. Plus, in order to go back-to-back I think you need a better, more acclaimed performance in the second year compared to the first. Topping his role as Hawking will be insanely difficult for me, but maybe this role could just do it? 

    I ADORED Brie Larson in Short Term 12, so to see her name being touted this year as a potential nominee has me insanely excited. The trailer didn’t showcase a huge amount of Larson, but enough for me to be really excited about her again this year.

    Supporting Actor was between The Hateful Eight lot, and Tom Hardy in The Revenant. I think Hardy has more going for him, with leading roles over the years building a great profile and fan base for him.

    I am in love with Jessica Chastain. If it were up to me, she would already have 2 Oscars on her mantlepiece, for The Help and Zero Dark Thirty, plus a nomination last year for Interstellar. There will be obvious comparisons for Chastain in The Martian to her role in Interstellar, but I love her too much as an actress to simply ignore the fact she is in one of my most anticipated films this season. 

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    TomHardys
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    I don’t know who keeps changing my threads’ titles but that is becoming annoying.

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    Macbeth
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    Don Cheadle – respected character actor, worked with everybody, in a passion project by the distributor who won the previous two Best Actress awards. He’s Philip Seymour Hoffman 2.0
    Jennifer Lawrence – she'[s the most likely winner in my eyes. I’d love for Saoirse Ronan to win, but somehow I feel she’ll battle for the nomination
    Idris Elba – brilliant actor in a topical film that will likely be a vicious, showy villain, like Christoph Waltz, Heath Ledger and Javier Bardem. On reading The Revenant, I have to say…Tom Hardy doesn’t have too much of a shot. The character is good, but isn’t very showy at all. I would prefer he get nominated in lead for Legend
    Rooney Mara – has to be.

    I guarentee it.

     

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    TomHardys
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    Don Cheadle – respected character actor, worked with everybody, in a passion project by the distributor who won the previous two Best Actress awards. He’s Philip Seymour Hoffman 2.0
    Jennifer Lawrence – she'[s the most likely winner in my eyes. I’d love for Saoirse Ronan to win, but somehow I feel she’ll battle for the nomination
    Idris Elba – brilliant actor in a topical film that will likely be a vicious, showy villain, like Christoph Waltz, Heath Ledger and Javier Bardem. On reading The Revenant, I have to say…Tom Hardy doesn’t have too much of a shot. The character is good, but isn’t very showy at all. I would prefer he get nominated in lead for Legend
    Rooney Mara – has to be.

    I guarentee it.

     

    Spoilers ahead:

    I have to disagree with you my friend! (it was bound to happen sometime, we couldn’t be 100% compatible hahaha)
    Having also read The Revenant I’d say Tom Hardy’s character is on the same baitiness level as DiCaprio’s. Both of them are introspective, cold characters who have a lot more going on on the inside than on the outside. Hardy’s Fitzgerald is a villainous, despicable character whose actions and decisions he makes throughout the story require a menacing subtlety to them that I’m sure my boy Tom will be able to pull off. There will be lots and lots of eye acting, facial expressions and intense physicality and that won’t go unnoticed. Friendly reminder that we’re predicting Rooney for the win for a character with the same subtle/complex/introspective pattern.

    Idris Elba also plays a villain who could be much more showy, of course. He’s as overdue for a nod as Tom Hardy and his movie tackles a more important subject. However we still have no idea how will Beasts of No Nation be received, while we know The Revenant is gonna score big (the director, the cast and the crew inspire Oscar confidence).

    Robert DeNiro also plays a villain (even though most people don’t know that) and it’s as juicy as it gets for a veteran actor. Plus it has been 35 years since his last win and although his carrer has had a few bumps a couple of years ago he’s back in full form and this could be the right place to award Joy since Best Actress is a bloodbath this year and JLaw has won recently.

    Maybe you’re right though… I know you like Tom Hardy and I know you’re saying this without any bias behind it but as of now these 3 men are the ones to beat with Tom Hardy slightly ahead! 

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