Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the
86th Academy Awards through March 2nd, when the winners are
In one of truly one of the most crowded best actor races in recent
memory, Chiwetel Ejiofer, Matthew McConaughey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce
Dern and Christian Bale ending up making the cut, while Robert Redford,
Oscar Isaac, Forest Whitaker and Joaquin Phoenix — who could have made
an awesome lineup themselves — did not. And the race for
the win has been a lot less interesting than the race to get nominated:
Matthew McConaughey dominated the precursors, and seems poised to
win his first Oscar. Though Leonardo DiCaprio and Chiwetel Ejiofor both
stand outside chances at upsetting, with the former getting some
considerable last minute
heat and the latter benefiting from a BAFTA win (where McConaughey
notably was not nominated). So while that means McConaughey is probably a
little more vulnerable to an upset than some of the other frontrunners,
I’m still pretty sure he’s walking away with this.
Nominees and predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here.
Christian Bale in “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern in “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club”
Will win: Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club”
Could win: Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Should win: Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave”
Shoulda been here: Oscar Isaac in "Inside Llewyn Davis"
Check out all predictions in all the categories here.
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