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    Eh, I wasn’t terribly fond of McAvoy’s twitchy, scenery-chewing performance. If anyone from that picture deserves recognition, it’s Betty Buckley.

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    Malcolm Dunbar
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    Kaluuya gives a one-of-a-kind performance in a modern classic, and since there are only five slots, the quality of the film can and should make all the difference.

    What about Kaluuya’s performance is one of a kind? The biggest thing that jumps out during the film, is his crying scene during his hypnosis. Which is pretty standard fare. I would say Kaluuya performance wise is 4th place at best, regarding merit this year.  As it’s been stated before Betty Gabriel did more with much less.

    Kaluuya benefits from a drought of strong performances in the Lead Actor category, not for committing an unforgettable performance to film. He’s no Jamie Foxx, Forrest Whitacker, Denzel Washinton or Chiwetel Ejiofor here.

    McAvoy is tremendous in Split – but it’s just not the kind of film that nets awards. Neither is Get Out, but Get Out clearly struck a chord about race in a tumultuous time period. Split doesn’t have a cultural talking point to speak to.

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    Kaluuya gives a one-of-a-kind performance in a modern classic, and since there are only five slots, the quality of the film can and should make all the difference.

    What about Kaluuya’s performance is one of a kind? The biggest thing that jumps out during the film, is his crying scene during his hypnosis. Which is pretty standard fare. I would say Kaluuya performance wise is 4th place at best, regarding merit this year. As it’s been stated before Betty Gabriel did more with much less.

    Kaluuya benefits from a drought of strong performances in the Lead Actor category, not for committing an unforgettable performance to film. He’s no Jamie Foxx, Forrest Whitacker, Denzel Washinton or Chiwetel Ejiofor here.

    McAvoy is tremendous in Split – but it’s just not the kind of film that nets awards. Neither is Get Out, but Get Out clearly struck a chord about race in a tumultuous time period. Split doesn’t have a cultural talking point to speak to.

    There are quiet performances that seem to make noise during award season. He reminds me of Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs. Neither had challenging roles, but they remained present, while the supporting characters had the more challenging roles.

    I personally would not nominate him, but id love for the film to get recognized.

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    I haven’t seen James McAvoy’s performance; he is an actor who I usually enjoy and I will make time to see it in the future (: For me, the 2nd best performance is Jake Gyllenhaal’s, and I am so hoping to get a pleasant surprise on the 23rd and see his name on the ballot. I don’t want Daniel Kaluuya’s name on the ballot but I honestly believe that the award itself has only two real nominees: Timothee Chalamet and Gary Oldman. One of those two will win this year. I also would be very happy to see Tom Hanks nominated. I really don’t understand all the animosity towards The Post but I am not convinced those feelings are shared by academy members – it may be a Gold Derby thing, and may have to do with the age of people who post on here (or perhaps not; perhaps The Post will be snubbed, we will know on the 23rd).

    My five nominees would be:

    Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
    Jake Gyllenhaal, Stronger
    Tom Hanks, The Post
    Nahuel Perez Biscayard, BPM (Beats per Minute)
    Lambert Wilson, The Odyssey

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    Malcolm Dunbar
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    Hanks is a deserving nominee if he does get in. I would put his performance as third for this award cycle.

    1. Oldman

    2. Chamalet

    3. Hanks

    4. Kaluuya

     

    Franco’s performance is so horrible that it doesn’t rate and shouldn’t be nominated, even despite his scandals.

    I am seeing Phantom Thread tomorrow – so I can rank Lewis then. I am reticent about seeing Gyllenhaal, as I feel he is an actor who is most susceptible to hype and buzz, similar to Amy Adams. People raved about Nightcrawler and I saw nothing in that film that was awards worthy.

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    GraemeONeil
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    Kaluuya was fantastic and absolutely deserving of a nom. And while we are talking about it, Hanks doesn’t deserve to win, but he deserves another F**kin nomination. It’s ridiculous he wasn’t been nominated since Cast Away. Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks, Bridge Of Spies. It’s time for him to be nominated again.

    I’d make the category:
    Oldman
    Chalamet
    Kaluuya
    Hanks
    Franco

    And read the LA Times article on Franco, then calm down.

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    VeraDoyle
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    Okay I’ve changed the topic title. I hope it’s more clear now. I apologize for being unclear.

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    Intestacy
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    McAvoy is terrific. He’s the whole show. Yes, I would nominate him over Mr. Kaluuya. I don’t think it’s a weak year in terms of quality lead actor performances. I think Pierce Brosnan in THE FOREIGNER, Hugh Jackman in LOGAN, James McAvoy in SPLIT, Jeremy Renner in WIND RIVER, Andy Serkis in WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, and Vince Vaughn in BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 are all Oscar-caliber. Fat chance getting these Oscar bloggers to talk about such performances, though. If Oldman wins and Franco gets nominated, I’ll consider that good enough.

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    Michael Norris
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    I didn’t really like McAvoy’s performance. It didn’t feel like a character with real depth. It just felt like he was doing a bunch of impressions. There was no nuance, imo. Giving him a bunch of impressions to do doesn’t count. It may make for an entertaining performance, but I don’t think it’s Oscar worthy. Anya Taylor-Joy gave the best performance imo. My top five:

    1. Timothee Chalamet
    2. James Franco
    3. Daniel Kaluuya
    4. Gary Oldman
    5. Robert Pattinson

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