Oscar Countdown – Leading Actor & Actress

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So here’s the next part of my Oscar predictions.  Today we look at the categories of Actor and Actress in a Leading Role.

Actor in a Lead Role

    • Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
    • Denzel Washington – “Flight”
    • Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
    • Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
    • Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”

Who will win: Daniel Day-Lewis

daniel-day-lewis-lincoln4I think this one is a no-brainer.  Daniel Day-Lewis completely transforms himself in ‘Lincoln‘, just like he does in most of his roles.  He totally immersed himself into the characterization of the US President, and I believe stayed in character even when not on camera (at least I recall reading that somewhere awhile back).  It’s not surprising Day-Lewis has gotten such acclaim for this role.

Who should win: Daniel Day-Lewis

silverlinings7This is one category that I believe the front-runner is the one who’ll win, even if Day-Lewis has won before.  Although I did enjoy Bradley Cooper in ‘Silver Lining Playbook‘, and think it has been best role yet, I don’t think he’ll take away the prize.  Same goes for Hugh Jackman in ‘Les Miserables‘.  He gives a terrific performance and this is a massive departure from playing ‘Wolverine‘, but is it Oscar-worthy?

The upset win: Denzel Washington

I’m not a huge fan of Denzel Washington, but he has gotten a lot of praise for ‘Flight‘.  Admittedly I haven’t seen the film though I have heard/read a lot of praise about him in this.  Personally I’m not a big fan of his work, but that’s just me.

Actress in a Lead Role

    • Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
    • Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
    • Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
    • Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
    • Quvenzhane Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Who will win: Jennifer Lawrence

jennifer-lawrence-talks-silver-linings-playbookIf we’re going solely on some of the recent award winners and current popularity, the winner will be Jennifer Lawrence for her performance in ‘Silver Lining Playbook‘.  Just like Anne Hathaway for ‘Les Miserables‘, Lawrence is the obvious front-runner and she’s very popular these days.  I admit, this was easily her best work yet, and she brought a depth to her character we haven’t seen in some of her other roles.  However, I’d have liked to see her go even deeper with the character, because at times it seemed like she was just there.

Who should win: Emmanuelle Riva

Emannuel RivaIf you haven’t seen ‘Amour‘ yet, then you need to right away!!  Emmanuelle Riva‘s performance of a woman living through a stroke is absolutely captivating, and you can’t help but watch her every move.  As her health further and further deteriorates, it’s amazing to realise you’re still watching the same woman because she’s almost physically unrecognisable at times.  Don’t let the fact that the film is in French put you off, which could prevent her from taking this category .. although she did win the BAFTA (http://www.bafta.org/), and has been picking up steam buzz-wise.

The upset win:  No one

To be honest, I think this is clearly a race between the popular vote (Lawrence) and the critically acclaimed (Riva).  They’ve both picked up awards for their performances, but I am unsure if ‘Amour’ has seen much release in the US.

Well, that takes care of all of the acting categories.  Do agree with my predictions, or do you have other predictions of your own?

Next up – Animated Feature & Original Song

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One thought on “Oscar Countdown – Leading Actor & Actress

  1. Great read, even as you not a fan of Mr. Washington, it’s an excellent movie, long but has an excellent message at the end. Keep me posted. I have linked your one blog about Food for Thought.. Ivan

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