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2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

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,
Tom Hanks
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.

The nominees:
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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I'll never get why so many people thought Ejiofor should have won. Other than Bale, his performance was easily the weakest of the five nominees IMO. Leo should have won, but McConaughey was a nice and deserving consolation. Also, Tom Hanks or Oscar Isaac should have been nominated instead of Bale. Also, where's the 2015 predictions at?


Will Win-Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club"
Could Win- Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave”
Should Win- Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave” (but I haven't seen Dallas yet)
Should be here- Joaquin Phoenix "her"
Should not be here-Bale "Amerian Hustle"

fernando meibak

The best was Leonardo di Caprio, but I think Mattew will win, because the academy likes this kind of performance


Please lemme knw who wins on March 2nd!!

Every one are great actors!!! but i vote for LEO. . guess he has won million dollar votes.

you can vote in IMDB. . Facts says LEO has more votes.


Forest Whittaker SHOULD definitely have been among the Best Actor nominees. The absence of ANY nominations for "The Butler" is a travesty. I guess only ONE Black film can be nominated in a year, heh????

karen labanca

GIVE LEO the Oscar he deserves it the best performance come on. PLEASE


If Leo does not win this time , I will never watch or care about the Oscars ever again, Leo was by far the best actor, You cant just win first time around for losing 3 stone, sorry Matthew, you were very good, But Leo was unreal the best I have ever seen, He should have already won Oscars before but the people voting know very little about acting, maybe the actors should get to vote and then you would have a real winner, LEO all the way. The best actor around for some time now. LEO YOU OWN IT, NOW GO AND COLLECT IT!


If Matthew doesn't win then its will be Chiwetel Ejior. Leo doesn't stand a chance between those two guys. They are the front runners.


Yeah, I believe in Leo 2. He really deserves it.



That is all

Bob F

I've seen every 5 movies and i believe in Leonardo. He really deserves to win this Oscar. and so, i hope Jared Leto wins too…


I say Matthew and Jared were phenomenal in Dallas Buyers Club. The others are deserving too, of course, but their performances were knock outs for me.

I think the best picture will be 12 years a slave.

Best supporting will go to Jennifer and Cate will take home her first Best Actress award.


I think everyone but Bale truly has a chance of winning this Oscar. McConaughey certainly has the edge because of past awards, but Ejiofor's BAFTA and his nomination being the most deserving makes him a huge threat. On the flip side, the Academy may want to reward either an extremely talented veteran with decades of experience (Dern) or the actor who over 16 years after "Titanic" is still taking Hollywood by storm (DiCaprio).

I really think it should go to Ejiofor, but I won't mind if McConaughey, Dern, or DiCaprio takes it home; these guys all had such great performances.


Mathew Mc. won the SAG, Golden Globe, Chiwetel won the BAFTA. It may go two for two, with Ejiofor winning by upset.


It really was a strong year, but I still think everyone was surprised by the Bale nomination over Hanks, Redford, or Phenoix. It truly wasn't even Bale's best wok this year. If he was going to have a nomination I would have preferred Out of the Furnace.

Joe H.

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who think Ejiofor deserves this one.


You kidding? Chiwetel Ejiofer could win, not Leonardo DiCaprio. If anyone's upsetting it's Ejiofer.


The only best actor nomination they got right was Bruce Dern. While people are playing around with Ejiofor they totally missed Michael B Jordan. If a black actor should have been nominated there it is, only its not a period romance where every whitey can pretend racism is behind us. Throw in Oscar Isaac and you have a respectable trio up for nominations.
The straightwashing of Dallas Buyers Club makes me throw up in my mouth a little too much. There was no reason on god's gay earth to turn Ron Woodroof straight except to appeal to a particularly loathsome audience that thinks gay people need them. Pathetic, disgusting, I am done.
Leo is a great actor, I wish he would do something more than handsome schmuck, its too easy for him.

Denny J

Anyone but Bale. Same old, same old. Mediocre, overrated movie. Any of the other four deserve to win but I'm rooting for Ejiofor. McConaughey will probably get it so fasten your seat belts for another pretentious, rambling and completely forgettable acceptance speech.


The academy doesn't think leonardo is due. While the public does, they don't. Matthew is the most deserving, but I'd like to see bruce dern win.


BEST ACTOR is hard to predict.

It could go to anyone… I mean Ejiofor is such an amazing talent and got a lot more to do in his career, everyone betting him and obviously British, do us PROUD! However, Idris Elba I was rooting for but was snubbed. I personally think it's Leonardo time, I mean he deserves it after watching it. He played the hell of his character, not even that it would stop all the hassle about all these actors that haven't won an Oscar.. It goes to him.

I have this urge with Matthew as well, He such a genuine actor and a humble person who been in the business for long no recognition, only in few of his film until now show there's more greats out there willing to prove it. I'm proud he got nominated so for Christian but I don't think he's up for the chance of winning, well this year probs working on a BIG film next.


I still think Ejiofor should win but that's most likely not going to happen. Matthew is going to win. I'm just dreading his speech because he seems so full of himself. If Ejiofor was never going to win, I would have liked it to be Leo. He's so overdue.


Matthew McConaughey should win Oscar, I saw the film, he is just a great actor in this movie!


You're just not going to give up on saying Ejiofor should win are you?


The Academy Awards have a long history of getting it wrong.

The idea that people deserve an award because they were screwed over in the past is ridiculous. Why would anyone want the Acade my to screw over a more deserving actor in order to give another actor an "overdue award".

Should win: Leo/McConaughey
Will win: McConaughey


Joaquin Phoenix is the one that should be in here. I don't know if he deserves the win but he def deserves the nomination. he did an incredible job in Her.


Matthew McConaughey, the best!!!

Kyle Wells

Life lesson here: lose weights, act in a film that includes the supporting actor/actress as a transgender, and basically getting nude, you'll win an Oscar over Leonardo DiCaprio


we get it. you liked Inside Lleywn Davis.


And the 2014 Oscar Award for the leading Best Actor goes to….. (silence for few seconds) .. CHRISTIAN BALE )))


DiCaprio for sure. McConaughey, was good but not as good as I heard. Eijofor was good though, he is my second favorite.


Matt es increíble pero Leo se lo merce mucho más, para mi el MEJOR actor de hollywood, vamos Leo!!!


Leonardo DiCaprio deserves it the most. McConaughey was great and people aren't giving him enough credit either because they don't like him or because he's the one that's been winning all the awards and they just want to disagree. Chiwetel was amazing in 12 years, but there's no reason he deserves the award more. Everyone is afraid of being racist, and wants to show their appreciation for the black actors. But stop focusing so much on colour and focus more on who actually delivered a greater performance.

Nicholas Guy

This has Leo's name all over it. He will win it for his body of work, the fact he has not won and because he really is the Golden boy and has been ignored for too long. And good for him. He has done a lot for Hollywood and it is about time he got the nod. He is also very very good in this performance.



Louric Rankine

I wouldn't get so comfortable with Matthew McConaughey's Oscar

Remember in 2001 when EVERYONE wanted Russell Crowe to win for A Beautiful Mind…Grabbed all BAFTA, Critics, SAG, and Globes. Yet on Oscar night, Denzel Washington won the Oscar.

Same with Adrien Brody & Sean Penn (2008)

And also in January the same year of 2001, Russell Crowe won the Golden Globe and then two months later Denzel was the winner.

Louric Rankine

Acting is suppose to be versatile and suppose to be outstanding and never seen before in the actor. Matthew McConaughey always play the same damn role—a Texas man. He is not versatile nor he is a changer. I still don't understand his and JLAW's hype. At least JLAW Characters changes. My vote will be any one but McConaughey. He is so undeserving of this Oscar and even a nomination. Even though the film comes out in February in Europe, there are British critics who thought his win was very undeserving at the Globes and didn't make any sense and said that Chiwetel, Robert, Tom, and Idris were way more better than his performance. If you guys see depth in that character, you are right. But losing weight as a reason for winning an Oscar is so stupid.


in a year when Daniel Day-Lewis didn't have any movie, race for oscar is much more unpredictable. It could be Di Caprio as a compensation for some previous years, but definitely shoudn't be Bale (good role, but not for Oscar) and McConaughey (the same reasons as for Bale). Instead of two of them, I would like to see as nominees Hanks (even though he shouldn't win also, but deserved nomination more then these two fellows) and Phoenix


Chiwetel! I really wish you were going to win! But unfortunately it looks like Matthew is. I'm not hating at all though. Matthew did pull off an impressive performance but all of the other nominees have been putting in stellar work for YEARS. Matthew just started doing that and now he's going to get the golden statue. It's not fair but I've accepted it. Chiwetel deserves it IMO but it is what it is.

Kyle Kizu

Sorry, but: Shoulda been here – Joaquin Phoenix

Allen Oster

Unfortunately, Mr. McConaughey may very well be awarded a 'Best Actor Oscar' for his performance in "Dallas Buyer's Club," but he is actually being honored for his other roles as well
since he began as an (sorry to use the word) actor. Everything he has done is the same . . . . .
tics, physicality (except for losing weight in DBC), emotional range, and, especially, his
vocal work (you can tell he grew up in East Texas and that state!) Even in the film, "Amistad,"
he was unable to cover his regionalism, cadence, breath support, delivery, etc. Mr. McConaughey is a film/celebrity actor with little or no technique in processing or transforming
into a character unlike Mrs. Bale, DiCaprio, Ejifor, or Dern. It is very sad that he wasn't given
the training and guidance regarding vocal expression. Of all the actors nominated, Mr. McM.
is the least deserving!!!!!! Wow, even his performance in "T Wolf o Wall St." was a character
from Texas. He has become and is a caricature of himself!!!!!!!

Janice Davis

Leo (Di Caprio) would considered finally an Oscar win, after losing out three times, as an Oscar nominee before, times back. But the Oscar will definitely go to Matt (McConaghey) for the win.


Everyone who knows anything about the art of acting and filmmaking also KNOWS that Matthew McConaughey gave the best performance by an actor last year. There's not even a question about whether McConaughey or DiCaprio were better. Film knower's know that that's a fact and not a question at all. I believe that the Academy are aware of that and will honor McConaughey. I'm not buying that everyone's keep saying "Leo is overdue and will now finally win". Just because this is Leo's 4th nomination and Matthew's first it doesn't mean Leo will win because the Academy feels bad for him for that? C'mon! McConaughey for GOLD and it will happen!


Oscar should go to Chris.


As soon as I saw The wolf of Wall Street, I was sure that Leonardo di Caprio would have the Oscar this time. But, in front of "12 years a slave"… biopic + slavery theme, I think that this is going to weight a lot in the decision, even if it was not as good as Leo's part.
I find this "biopic effect" really annoying (movies that are rewarded, not because they're the best, but because it's a true story). To me, it feels like they're rewarding the person the movie is about, instead of being unbiased…


What else must Leonard Di Caprio do?! He lived and breathed and embodied his role in "The Wolf of Wall Street" I feel that this his best role yet, and if he gets snubbed here, he must just retire and sell newspapers at the corner of a New York street… he gave it his all!!!!


I missed out the word "CLUB" in my first post. Hence a second one!






I must say I'm a big Leo fan, but I admit when he doesn't deserve credit. I've loved him since "Titanic", which I found a pretty underrated performance for example, just as the "Revolutionary Road"'s one. In the opposite, I found his work in "Blood Diamond" and, especially, "The Departed", quite overrated ! I even prefer him in "Shutter Island", "Django Unchained", and even "The Great Gatsby".

2013 was a great year for him and… I'm crazy about his performance in "The Wolf of Wall Street" ! So brave, refreshing, intense, funny, immersive, audacious, creative (he copied Ray Liotta in "Good Fellas" ? Bullshit !). He's… extraordinary ! He deserves the oscar, just as much as Matthew McConaughey I guess ! He has to be rewarded this year, because if he doesn't for what is maybe his best performance so far, he never gonna get the little golden guy !


Leo already has 4 or 5 Oscar noms. How is he being 'snubbed'? Thats more then some of the most talented people in Hollywood have. There is no need to pity the guy. He already has an awesome and everlasting career then most of his fellow nominated collegues have. Plus, you can't be serious to say that he deserves to win over Matthew McConaughey or Chiwetel Ejiofor . They gave performences that were far better then Leos. Same goes for Jonah Hill. There are better performences in his category too.


People need to stop complaining about Leo being "snubbed" The Oscar job is to reward to the best actor performance that year out of thousands upon thousands of performances (most not even seen because of money distribution) quite honestly if the Oscars were objective, (impossible because were human) in theory an actor could be nominated 12 times in their career and never win. It's an honor to be nominated.


If the Academy decided to give the other major awards (like this one) 10 nominees my picks would be:
Tom Hanks
Chewitel Ejiofor
Leonardo Dicaprio
Matthew McConaughey
Bruce Dern
Robert Redford
Joaquin Phoenix
Oscar Isaac
Christian Bale
Forest Whitaker


Best picture will be, without (almost!) any doubt "12 Years a Slave". And if they give it to Matthew McConaughey instead of Leonardo DiCaprio, something is terribly wrong with this industry.


Come on! Be brave.
Mads Mikkelsen from The Hunt


My Predictions for Winners

Best film : Gravity
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey
Best Actress : Amy Adams
Best Actor in supporting role : Jerad Leto
Best Actress in supporting role : Jeniffer Lawrence
Best Director : Alfonso Cuaron
Best animated movie : Frozen


My Nominations (Best Actor in a Leading Role) –

Chiwetal Elijofor – 12 YEARS A SLAVE (I haven't seen the film yet, but just from the trailers I've seen, he looks incredible)
Christian Bale – AMERICAN HUSTLE
Joaquin Phoenix – HER


My noms
Chiwetel Elijofor
Bruce Dern
Matthew McCounaughey
Tom Hanks
Christian Bale

Anthony D.

Chiwetel Ejiofor
Bruce Dern
Matthew McConaughey
Tom Hanks
Leonardo DiCaprio/Christian Bale

This looks like the most competitive race of the evening, to be honest. There is literally no clear frontrunner (although an argument can be made for Ejiofor). That fifth spot is the one I'm having the most trouble naming. The Academy loves to snub Leo, whether it be for nominations or for wins, so I wouldn't be surprised if he's left out in the cold. Hanks is definitely a lock, the Academy loves him and his performance was fairly strong.


I did not get what was so special about Leo. He was good, but nothing really stood out in it. It was just another charismatic smooth talker like Leo has already played in Catch Me If You Can, The Great Gatsby, Django Unchained (though he did deserve the Oscar for that one) and even Romeo+Juliet. Ironically, the only film that I've seen him play a different character was in one of his first films, What's Eating Gilbert Grape.


Oscar noms for Best leading Actor:
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Matthew McConaughey
Michael B. Jordan
Leonardo DiCaprio
Oscar Isaac


His name is Chiwetel Ejiofor, not Ejiofer


No McConaughey at the Baftas! Wooow.
I am very happy for the noms to Leonardo and Chrsitian by the British Academy.
I would exclude Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips becuase even when he delivers a very good performance, it is not Oscar Worthy and he could be easily replaced by McConaughey or Oscar Isaac.
It was a shame some great performances of the European industry were not consider by the Brititshs since they were the only hope because we know the Americans don't see internacional films. I am talking about Mads Mikkelsen and Toni Servillo.


Or I should probably say Black man being that Chiwetel is African


I meant to say "I genuinely believe he deserves it"


I would love for Chiwetel Ejiofor to be the 5th African American man to win Best Actor. Plus he genuinely believe he deserves it. His performance was astounding.


Idris Elba should be higher. He gave such a powerful performance as Nelson Mandela and he deserves a nomination.


Leo has to move up with the bafta nom right? Or does Bale get the edge?


Mads Mikkelsen!!
The Hunt


My top 5

1) Matthew McConaughey
2) Chiwetel Ejiofor
3) Christian Bale
4) Bruce Dern
5) Tom Hanks


IMHO, it should be -Dern and +DiCaprio.

I think for the Oscars it will be what you have and either -Dern or Redford(most likely Redford if it does happen) and +Bale, Academy likes Russell.


Lets not forget about Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt


There are so many good films w/h aren't get chance still now. Then we are excpected to so.


I'm rooting for Matthew McConaughey – I'm pretty sure Chiwetel Ejiofor will win, but it would be a surprise and not an undeserved one if MM did instead. Ejiofor is outstanding but something in his performance was missing for me – I guess it's just that he had an easily sympathetic character, and MM definitely did not.


It doesn't matter who will the 5 nominees, we all already know Eijofer will win. This is why I think the Best Actor Race is sooo boring, 100% predictable since a couple of months ago even before the Golden Globes noms were announced (which is usually the 1st thermometter).
At least the Supporting Race is much more interesting because it has 3 potential winners splitting the bets -Daniel Bruhl, Michael Fassbender and Jared Leto-.
The only way to make this category interesting is nominating true contenders to Eijofer, like Daniel Bruhl as Leading in Rush, Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt, Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty, Mikkelsen Fosgaard in A Royal Affair or Ethan Hawke in Before Midnight. I understand those nominations wont happen, then this race will remain booooriiiiiing.
Why to care about the nominees if Eijofer will win anyway?


Mads Mikkelsen -The Hunt


My top 5 :

Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Christian Bale – American Hustle
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club


Are you kidding indiewire? Replace Forrest Whitaker with Idris Elba. The Butler, and all of the actors in it = garbage. Nothing about that movie is getting any nominations. Period.

James S.

@Jacob: Just caught 'Prisoners' this past weekend. What a tense and disturbing movie — one of the year's best. And you're right about Jackman; he's sensational.

James S.

I've seen all but "Nebraska," and I would say Redford is the least-deserving here. Yes, his role in "All Is Lost" is physically demanding, but he plays the emotional and psychological sides with all the range of deep REM sleep. Let's face it, Redford has never been known as a great actor. Movie star? Absolutely. Amazing director? Without question. But actor? No. Unfortunately, I think too many people have foresaken objective criticism in favor of hitching themselves to Redford's comback wagon. Everyone loves a success story, right?


Robert Redford gave the best performance in All Is Lost. What is sad, so many people commenting here, haven't seen it. I wouldn't comment unless I've seen them all.


Oscar Isaac shouldn't get snub over bigger star same with Bruce hope there in strong year for men not enough female roles it now really shows.

Feel hank with two wins doesn't need another one Leo and phoenix through.


Christian Bale needs to be way higher up on that list. Definitely makes me consider if his performance was better than McConaughey, which was probably the best of the year–even beating Chiwetel Ejiofer.


DiCaprio definitely deserves to be nominated, I won't say he should beat out Ejiofer for the win, but he should at least be nominated for some of the finest work of his career .


How is Leo not considered a lock? Best performance he's ever had. Starting to think this guy will never win.


While I haven't seen "Slave" or "Davis" I don't understand how Leo isn't a "lock" here. By far his best performance of his career. Starting to think this guy will never win. He is absolutely brilliant in Wolf of Wall Street


At trhe risk of being flamed, I'm justgoing to go ahead and say that neither Bruce Dern nor Chiwetel Ejiofor blew me away. Here are the five I'd pick:

1. Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
2. Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
3. Christian Bale, American Hustle
4. Hugh Jackman, Prisoners
5. Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave


I guess they are gonna forget about how amazing Hugh Jackman is in Prisoners, but the best of the year so far are

Chiwetel Ejiofor: 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks: Captain Phillips
Christian Bale: American Hustle
Dane DeHaan: The Place Beyond The Pines
Hugh Jackman: Prisoners


I'm suprised there's no Daniel Bruhl and Chris Hemsworth and Mads Mikkelsen. 2013 is strong year for cinematography.


No matter the final list of nominees because we know money, politics, pulls, relationships and interest are on game, but for me the 5 Best Male Performances in a Leading Role were:
1. Daniel Bruhl in Rush
2. Ethan Hawke in Before Midnight
3. Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty
4. Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt
5. Christian Bale in Out of the Furnace


Mads Mikkelsen. – The Hunt


Updated List

Predicted Top 10

1) 12 Years a Slave
2) Gravity
3) American Hustle
4) The Wolf of Wall Street
5) Her
6) Nebraska
7) Saving Mr.Banks
8. Captain Phillips
9) Inside Llewyn Davis
10) Dallas Buyers Club

Real Threats that Could Enter the Top 10

11) Blue Jasmine
12) Philomena
13) Fruitvale Station


14) Lee Daniel's The Butler
15) August: Osage County
16) All is Lost

Long Shots

17) Rush
18. Mud
19) Before Midnight
20) Enough Said

Best Director

1) Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
2) Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
3) David O. Russel – American Hustle
4) Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street
5) Alexander Payne – Nebraska

Runner ups

6) Spike Jonze – Her
7) Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
8. John Lee Hancock – Saving Mr.Banks

Best Actor (Pretty damn strong year; only surefire nominees are Ejiofor and McConaughey honestly)

Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Christian Bale – American Hustle

Real Threats/Runner ups

Robert Redford – All is Lost (Honestly, should take Dern's place)
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips


Joaquin Phoenix – Her
Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Emma Thomphson – Saving Mr.Banks
Judi Dench – Philomena
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
Sandra Bullock – Gravity

Runner ups

Amy Adams – American Hustle
Brie Larson – Short Term 12

Best Supporting Actor

Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
Daniel Bruhl – Rush
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips

Runner ups

Tom Hanks – Saving Mr.Banks
James Gandolfini – Enough Said
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle

Best Supporting Actress

Lupita Nyong'o – 12 Years a Slave
Jenifer Lawrence – American Hustle
June Squibb – Nebraska
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
Oprah Winfrey – Lee Daniel's The Butler


Toni Servillo for Paolo Sorrentino's "The great beauty" deserves a nomination as a minimum


Michael b jordan deserves to be nominated. i have not seen some of these films but i do plan to but what michael did in fruitvale was just amazing


I'm not sure why Dern is getting all the buzz…I don't think he brought anything special to the role, he played confused & detached most of the movie, which I think any number of actors could have done.
Totally agree with Ejiofer, McConaughey, but sold yet on Hanks as Captain Phillips, parts were brilliant parts were blah…I still need to see DiCaprio, Reford, Whitaker, and Phoenix
Bale should be a lock! He became Irving Rosenfeld.


Would it be ridiculous to say Simon Pegg legitimately deserves a nomination for "The World's End"? Because I think he really does.

Juha Tapani

Mads Mikkelsen for best actor…Please !
I must be the only one who is tired seeing the same names every year, especially Meryl Streep.
…But then again wasn`t Oscar all about popularity and being very P.C.
I mean Sandra Bullock for "The Blind Side", Meryl Streep for "The Iron Lady" and so on.
Well…Life goes on and I am dying to see Lars Von T
rier`s new film. Can`t hardly wait.
Greetings from Finland and happy holidays !


I would say that Chiwetel Ejiofer (12 Years A Slave), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Joaquin Phoenix (Her), Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) will get nominated and that Ejiofer will win this one


Its quite staggering to think that there are some actors out there who just make absolute rubbish and then turn out one good performance and they could end up winning an Oscar? Conversely, there are some who churn out great performances with every role and still get snubbed every year! Yes, I'm a Dicaprio fan and I'm pretty sure he has no love from the Academy! I reckon he should have at least 2 Oscars by now! If the Dicaprio/Scorcese partnership isn't fruitful this year, they should make this their last one!


Will Win: Chiwetel Ejiofer
Could Win: Bruce Dern
Should Win: Chiwetel Ejiofer


My predictions are (it depend on performances only)

1. Chiwetel Ejiofer (12 Years a Slave)
2. Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
3. Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
4. Robert Redford (All Is Lost)
5. Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
6. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
7. Joaquin Phoenix (Her)
8. Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station)


On November 30th I shared who deserve the Oscar nod for me.

But now, after GG and SAG announcements, I shared my predictions based in the probabilities:

1. Chiwetel Eijofer
2. Matthew McConaughy
3. Bruce Dern
4. Tom Hanks or Leonardo DiCaprio

5. And the surprise will probably be Daniel Bruhl competeting as Leading instad as Supporting. Something similar to Kate Winslet in The Reader: victories in the GG and SAG as Supporting being Leading and a win in the Bafta and Oscar as Leading.


1. Chewitel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
2. Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips
3. Robert Redford in All is Lost
4. Bruce Dern in Nebraska
5. Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
6. Leonardo Dicaprio in Wolf of Wall Street
7. Joaquin Phoenix in Her
8. Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis
9. Christian Bale in American Hustle
10. Hugh Jackman in Prisoners
11. Idris Elba in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
12. Forest Whitaker in The Butler


I hope that Leo gets that SAG nomination tomorrow. It will go along way for his Oscar campaign.


Matthew McConaughy hands down!!! But if I had a runner up it would have to be Leo, Christian Bale, Joaquin Phoenix or Chiwetel. Dand there are just so many great movies this year!


Havent seen a Better Preformance than Michael B Jordans in Fruitvale Station. And im not Black btw. Only movie thats ever made me cry. I have seen all but "Her".
1. Michael B Jordan
2. Leo
3. Mathew Mc


Judging by all the hype for 47 Ronin I'm thinking it could be Keanu's big comeback hit, and the Academy could surprise us by nominating him because of that, and we haven't seen him in anything big since Some thing's Gotta Give (who should've been nominated in that movie)


I think it'll be criminal if Oscar Isaac isn't nominated – his performance in Inside Llewyn Davis is stunning. But I fully expect him to be snubbed in favour of yet another boring nomination for Tom Hanks and possibly Leonardo Di Caprio. I won't be too annoyed as long as neither of those two win though…


I have a feeling Bruce Dern will win since he won an award at Cannes Film Festival

John B.

Hey!! It is all about great acting not language! What Mads Mikkelsen does in "The Hunt" is a performace you can't overlook.


1. Leonardo Dicaprio in Wolf of Wall Street
2. Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips
3. Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
4. Robert Redford in All is Lost
5. Bruce Dern in Nebraska
6. Hugh Jackman in Prisoners
7. Chiwetel Ejiofer in 12 Years a Slave
8. Christian Bale in American Hustle/Out of the Furnace
9. Forest Whitaker in The Butler
10. Joaquin Phoenix in Her
11. Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis
12. Daniel Radcliffe in Kill Your Darlings


All I know is…Leo best be in the top 5 come Oscar time. I know he wont win, thats going to McConaughey(the guy lost weight and gives a phenomenal performance = Oscar gold in Academys eyes for sure).

As for who to bump? It will be either Hanks or Dern. Possibly Redford but I doubt it.


It seems there is a lot of buzz about Leo here. I would have to agree with the person who pointed out the obvious: Leo plays Leo in Wolf of Wall St. Academy is all about going outside of your comfort zone, doing something different.


Also, the same logic of representing an actor's performance by another's may apply to McConaughey by Leto's guaranteed victory in Supporting Actor, but the Academy will feel pressured to nominate somebody who has been overdue to past couple of years.


Because Tom Hanks will only get one nomination. Since the Best Actor competition is very tight, nominating him for Mr. Banks is the path of least resistance.

Elba b/c it's a biopic led by a powerful betrayal. The film does not have to be widely accepted as great to get acting nominees (e.g. The Master). Also, it doesn't hurt to add diversity to the male nominees. The Academy may feel slightly obliged to diversify the nominations vs. what most people expect, a Redford nomination (is there room for another old geyser also?). Whitaker would've gotten this spot but Elba is just more powerful.

Isaac (Llewyn) is in the wild card spot vs. Phoenix (Her), Bale (Furnace). Whitaker in Butler and Jordan in Fruitvale will be represented by Octavia Spencer in the supporting actress nominations


1. Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 years
2. Bruce Dern in Nebraska
3. Matthew McConaughey in Dallas
4. Idris Elba in Mandela
5. Oscar Isaac in Llewyn


I'm fortunate enough to have seen all 5 of these performances, and I am more than okay with this list. Lot of great acting this year.


Michael Shannon for the Iceman, though I must say the all the competing acting calibre this year is outstanding.


1. Daniel Bruhl in Rush
2. Chiwetel Eijiofer in 12 years
3. Ethan Hawke in Before Midnight
4. Paolo Sorrentino in The Great Beauty
5. Mars Mikkelsen in The Hunt.


From What Iv'e Seen-
Chiwetel Ejiofor- 12 Years A Slave
Hugh Jackman- Prisoners
Tom Hanks- Captain Phillips
Michael Shannon- The Iceman
Dane DeHaan- The Place Beyond The Pines
Ryan Gosling- The Place Beyond The Pines
Bradley Cooper- The Place Beyond The Pines

John B.

1) Mads Mikkelsen – The Hunt
2) Matthew McConaughey – Mud
3) Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
4) Robert Redford – All is Lost
5) Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave


I'm hoping the early critics and a younger grittier Golden Globe voting panel choose Chiwetel Ejiofor –thus allowing those who may skip the film because of its uncomfortableness to just copycat vote and (in somewhat of a rarity ) give the Oscar to the truly most deserving nominee. He simply has to win. Matthew will be back, Bob could care less, Tom is good(but not his best), and that leaves Bruce Dern . Who will probably split the sentiment vote with Redford. I am trusting the Academy to do the right thing !


If there's any actor who had little to no dialogue but still gave a great performance and did many things in a film who deserved a nod…it's Robert Redford, not Max von Sydow, he didn't do much in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close except have his hands do all the talking, where in All is Lost Redford did something productive

Kathryn Hilliard

You have to see "All is Lost" to know that this is the best performance by a male actor in decades. Even though there is virtually no talking, Redford never loses the audience…the movie is spellbinding from beginning to end! My vote…Robert Redford…best actor…AND LONG OVERDUE!


1. Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
2. Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips
3. Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club (Although I still prefer Mud)
4. Robert Redford in All is Lost
5. Bruce Dern in Nebraska
6. Leonardo Dicaprio in Wolf of Wall Street
7. Mark Wahlberg in Lone Survivor
8. Joaquin Phoenix in Her
9. Hugh Jackman in Prisoners
10. Daniel Radcliffe in Kill Your Darlings
11. Christian Bale in American Hustle/Out of the Furnace
12. Forest Whitaker in The Butler


I'm suprised Knegt still has McC in the top three, he despised 'Dallas Buyer's Club' …


The Academy could surprise us with Keanu because 47 Ronin looks like it could be his big comeback


Replace Tom Hanks with Leonardo DiCaprio and this is over. Bruce Dern should be fourth, and don't count Michael B. Jordan out just yet.


Matthew McConaughey is not losing out on a nomination, he lost 50 pounds for an AIDS performance and has already secured some lead acting awards (Hollywood Film Festival, Rome Film Festival).


If you don't already know Chiwetel Ejiofer will win, you haven't been paying any attention to the voting patterns of the Academy in the past.


My Picks:
Chiwetel Ejiofer – 12 Years A Slave
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf Of Wall Street
Christian Bale – American Hustle


1. Daniel Bruhl for Rush
2. Chiwetel Eijofer for 12 years a slave
3. Christian Bale for Out of the Furnace
4. Leonardo DiCaprio for TWOWS
5. ???


I prefer Tom Hanks in Saving Mr Banks. He as opportuneness in category actor in a supporting role.


Idris Elba is getting raves for his performance as Mandela, which also has the might of Weinstein behind it. I'm starting to expect he will knock out McConaughey or Hanks once Mandela gets more momentum.
DiCaprio may give an amazing performance and I'm sure he will, but I think this race is just far too crowded already for him to have a chance.


Marky Mark for Lone Survivor?

Harry Greg Jim

gerard Butler WILL BE nominated for Olympus Has Fallen


The five are a good 5. Though I think if any of them doesn't make it, it's Bruce Dern. He's the least lock. Not 2.


my picks

1. Hugh Jackman
2. Matthew McConaughey
3. Chiwetel Ejiofer
4. Michael B. Jordan

yet to be viewed

5. Christian Bale (American Hustle)
6. Christian Bale (Out of the Furnace)
7. Leonardo DiCaprio


Chiwetel Ejiofer will win.


First of all always a gereat comptition But My predicted nominees are

1. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street. The best performance of him in the trailer)
2. Chiwetel Ejiofer (12 Years a Slave. Great emotional performance that deserve to win)
3. Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club. He take a risk in this film what should end up just nominee. no he desrve to win)
4. Bruce Dern (Nebraska. Superb and also won cannes. This might his time)

I pick four winners. any of them win it will be great

An actors That has a chance for fifth nominees

5. Robert Redford (All Is Lost. Great emotion Not my favourite yet)
6. Joaquin Phoenix (Her. Looks interesting)
7. Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis. Quiet good performance)
8. Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips. Good performance not great)

An actor i wish to get nominated as fifth

9. Josh Brolin (Oldboy. The film look great and if his acting is better than original than whats problem)

Actors that deserve a nomination but competition is too strong

10. Hugh Jackman (Prisoners)
11. Christian Bale (American Hustle)
12. Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom)
13. Forest Whitaker (The Butler)
14. Daniel Radcliffe (Kill Your Darlings)
15. Christian Bale (Out of the Furnace)


1) Matthew McConaughey – Winner
2) Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
3) Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
4) Robert Redford – All is Lost


5) Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
6) Joaquin Phoenix – Her
7) Bruce Dern – Nebraska
8) Christian Bale – American Hustle


I'm perfectly happy to admit I might be wrong, but I feel like it will either be Dern or Redford nominated, not both. If that's the case, then it's DiCaprio, Phoenix, and Bale fighting for the last couple of spots. That's an interesting combination: DiCaprio wants one badly, Phoenix wants nothing to do with any of this, and Bale has won one already (for supporting, but still).


OVERESTIMATING DiCaprio again and when he does not snag an Oscar nod, people will cry snob. Leo = overated sack of shit. He is good but far from great so don't keep your hopes up.


Joaquin and Leonardo should be nominees!!!


Leonardo at no 6 and who does he bump? of course Robert Redford with less dialogue use in film and Tom Hank with an ok performance. And This performance is probably i would say his best because it suits to his age and personality as well. In The aviator he was kind a miscast but he did well and also in the departed most of the scenes. but this one is purely him. so my predictions are

1. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
2. Chiwetel Ejiofer (12 Years a Slave)
3. Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
4. Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
5. ? (anyone, i need a surprise too)


If I was a member of The Academy, I would vote:
1. Daniel Bruhl in Rush (he is the Lead and Thor is the Support).
2. Ethan Hawke in Before Midnight.
3. Christian Bale in Out of the Furnace.
4. Chiwetel Ejiofer in 12 Years a Slave.
5. Mads Mikelsen in The Hunt.
6. Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate.
7. Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
8. Oscar Isaac in Inside Lewyn Davis.
9. Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street.
10. Bruce Dern in Nebraska

Greg Mitchell

Just read that THE WOLF OF W STREET's running time is 2 hrs, and 45 minutes……I read the book, and that's a lot of minutes for the storyline….If that r/time is correct, that may easily boot Leo out of the BActor noms, I think

TC Kirkham

I keep hearing from people that "12 Years" is going to turn off Oscar voters because it's too harsh. And as much as I love Ejiofor in almost everything he's done, this year should belong to the elder statesman of the bunch – "All Is Lost" is AMAZING, Redford was 76 when he filmed it, he did most of his own stunt work, and it keeps you riveted for the entire film, with virtually NO dialogue. You have to see it to understand…but just give Redford his Oscar now and be done with it…it's long overdue, long deserved, and the younger guys will get more chances down the road…and this is likely to be Redford's serious swan song…and while you're at it. include JC Chandor in Best Director and Frank DeMarco and and Peter Zuccarini Best Cinematography as well…


Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Robert Redford (All Is Lost)
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davies)
Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels' The Butler)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)


What about Benedict Cumberbatch for The Fift State?


I'd replace Matt Damon with either Nicolas Cage, Joseph Gordon Levitt, or Daniel Radcliffe


Benedict Cumberbatch!!!


Chiwetel Ejiofer (Twelve Years a Slave)
Joaquin Phoenix (Her)/Christian Bale (American Hustle)/Hugh Jackman (Prisoners)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Matthew McConaughey (The Dallas Buyers Club)
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)


I'd probably add Daniel Radcliffe for Kill Your Darlings


Oscar Isaac seems to be giving only one facial expression in that movie, so I don't see him being nominated


I personally would like Matthew McConaughey to be nominated for Mud (Why is that in SUPPORTING category anyway) I mean come on, which would you like? A lonely fugitive on a far away island helping out two kids while searching for his girlfriend or…a troubled cowboy who likes to sell drugs for a living?


Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Robert Redford – All is Lost
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
Joaquin Phoenix – Her

Real threat

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Christian Bale – American Hustle
Bruce Dern – Nebraska


Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
Forest Whitaker – Lee Daniel's The Butler


If there's going to be 12 next year (Because 12 Years a Slave) my picks are:
Tom Hanks
Chiwetel Eijofor
Matthew McConaughey
Leonardo Dicaprio
Bruce Dern
Robert Redford
Joaquin Phoenix
Ben Stiller
Nicolas Cage
Forest Whitaker
Christian Bale
Hugh Jackman


At this moment, the only possible was that Chiwetel Ejiofer doesn't win the Oscar race would be a twist…. Daniel Bruhl competing as Leading and not as Supporting would change everything. I would love to see Ejiofer vs Bruhl face to face. That would change everything in this boring and predictable category.


Joaquin Phoenix for HER is closing in, especially if DiCaprio sinks


I'm rooting for Benedict Cumberbatch! Why is he not here? :(


James McAvoy in Filth


Jake Gyllenhaal- Prisoners!


Mads Mikkelsen for "The Hunt" and Toni Servillo for "The Great Beauty" should be on the list. Both Amazing!


Daniel Bruhl deserves this hands down. I've never seen such a gripping performance, so good.


If leo is out and race in 2014 then there is boring competition. i mean Matthew and Chiwetel are tie to win. Other then that Tom hanks role is too boring, the film is great. and then there is Robert redford and Bruce dern for honarary nominee. Forest is boring , Idris is boring and there is no spice in best actor competition. So hope they release Wolf of a wall street in 2013


Apparently Wolf of Wall Street is confirmed to be released in 2014, kicking it out of the Academy Awards this year.


Joseph Gordon Levitt should be on here


Dicaprio always gives good performances but the reason why he never wins is because you never see him as someone else! For example: in The Aviator do you see Howard Hughes? No you just see Leo Dicaprio with a little moustache, a coat, and a southern accent. So I don't see him winning Wolf of Wall Street


Chris Hemsworth?


Nicolas Cage for Joe!!!


You might want to put Steve Carell in the Supporting Actor category since Channing Tatum is the main star


Scott Haze from Child of God, should not be ignored.


Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt


1. Robert Redford (All Is Lost)
2. Chiwetel Ejiofer (Twelve Years a Slave)
3. Matthew McConaughey (The Dallas Buyers Club)
4. Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
5. Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)


My mistake! Wrong category, sorry, thought we were on Best Supporting Actor, ignore that comment


I believe Stacy Keach for Nebraska should be on this list


Where is jude law for side effect?

OSS 117

Don't count Phoenix out for 'Her'


My latest update:
1. Chiwetel Ejiofer
2. Christian Bale
3. Matthew McConaughey
4. Ethan Hawke
5. Leonardo DiCaprio
6. Bruce Dern

Luke Hayes

I feel Robert Redford's performance is going to be very powerful feel he is definitely a favorite.. Chiwetel as well can easily win.. I hate to say but i think Leo will fall short again


Polish actor who plays Walesa, Robert Wienckiewicz is the best.


I'd say Chiwetel has already won the Oscar, but if he won't, my predictions:
1. Robert Redford (All is Lost)
2. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) (Tom Hanks has a prefomance as good as Leo has, but he's won 2 already, and Leo hasn't.)
3. Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
4. Christian Bale (Out of the Furnace/American Hustle. I'm pretty sure he will be nominated at least)


If the Academy decided to nominate 12 (Because 12 Years a Slave) my picks would be:
1.Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
2.Leo Dicaprio (Wolf of Wall Street)
3.Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher)
4.Forrest Whitaker (The Butler)
5.Christian Bale (Out of the Furnace/American Hustle)
6.Hugh Jackman (Prisoners)
7.Ben Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)
8.Michael Fassbender (The Counselor)
9.Matthew McConaughey (Mud/Dallas Buyers Club)
10.Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
11.Robert Redford (All is Lost)
12.Chiwetel Eijofor (12 Years a Slave)


What about Miles Teller in The Spectacular Now?


Um, Matthew McConaughey is getting nominated for sure. The reviews praise his performance.


If you do not think McConaughey is a frontrunner you might be a little insane…Him and Ejiofor seem like locks.


Chiwetel Ejiofor(12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey(Dallas Buyers Club)


Robert Redford(All is Lost)
Michael B. Jordan(Fruitvale Station)
Oscar Isaac(Inside Llewyn Davis)
Hugh Jackman(Prisoners)
Steve Carrel(Foxcatcher)
Joaquin Pheonix(Her)
Christian Bale(American Hustle)


Mads Mikkelsen in "The Hunt" is amazing. He won the best actor Palme d'or in Cannes.


1.Chiwetel Ejiofer
2.Matthew mcconaughey
3 Leonardo DiCaprio
4Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips
5.Christian Bale for AH
6.Joaquin Phoenix
7. Forest Whitaker
8. Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
9. Robert Redford (All Is Lost)
10. Michael Fassbender (The Counselor)
And I'm sure of what I'm telling you


I'm really surprised at the number of people who have Leonardo DiCaprio as their top pick, inlcuding Indiewire. Everyone thought he'd be nominated for J. Edgar and Django Unchained, and look what happened there. I'd put him at 4 or 5 at BEST.


Not even a mention of Tom Hardy in Locke :


Chiwetel Ojiofer is winning the Oscar.


Although I am not a Coen's fan I am hoping for Oscar Isaac.

Pretty much all of on the list are overrated to me. Esp DiCaprio and Hanks.

As for movies I can't wait to see Stiller's Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
That Twelve Years a Slave trailer looks terribly cheesy to me. As for The Counsellor – Bardem is probably going to steal the thunder from Fassbender.


Against the predictions, I don't think Amercian Hustle will get so many nominations. You know, is the kind of film made for winning Oscars -director, actors and everybody coming from recent wins or noms- but at the end it does not accomplished the mission. However, I do think that Chrsitian Bale is going to be nominated: he is a great actor, he looks amazing in the trailer and he just rejected 50 millions USD for playing Batman again on behalf of the art. I do think that Ethan Hawke is in as a way to recognize the whole "Before" trilogy, but something needs to happen in order to still be talking about his film in 3 more months.This year, the Male and Female acting performances that won Cannes could be, both, competing for the Oscar (Dern and Bejo).

My update:
1. Christian Bale
2. Leonardo DiCaprio
3. Bruce Dern
4. Matthew McConaughy
5. Ethan Hawke
6. Tom Hanks
7. Benedict Cumberbatch
8. Oscar Isaac


Leo will probably be nominated, but I personally find him really overrated as an actor. He's good, but to me he tends to overact and there are certain things he does that make it hard for me to believe in him as the character in most cases – for example the squinty eye thing that he does. Sure, people do those kinds of exaggerated facial expressions in real life sometimes, but he seems to do that sort of thing in every other scene. I think it works for The Departed where the guy he's playing is on the verge of having a breakdown, and in The Aviator where he's playing someone with a very severe form of OCD, but in general it's kind of distracting. I also don't think he's great at accents, which isn't the end of the world or anything, but it's just that he puts on an accent in most of the films he does. The only accent of his that I've not found distracting was his accent in The Departed, but a lot of the time I just find them really over-exaggerated. Even in The Aviator, which I think is his best performance bar The Departed and Gilbert Grape, his accent seemed pretty obviously put on.
He's a good actor, but there are tonnes of better ones. Daniel Day-Lewis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix – who probably isn't at his best as often as Leo is, but at his best, i.e. in The Master, he's far better than Leo ever has been/will be – Michael Fassbender, Sean Penn, etc. I find Ryan Gosling more consistently good, too. That's not to mention female contemporaries like Meryl Streep (duh), Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett.


Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Chiwetel Ejiofor – Twelve Years a Slave
Christian Bale – American Hustle
Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station

Runner ups:

Joaquin Pheonix – Her
Steve Carell – Foxcather
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Fifth Estate

Mirko Billi

Tom Hanks: I am ask if in nomination for Saving Mr Banks or foa Captain Philipps. People says nomination actor in a supporting role for Saving Mr Hanks. In this case, It's natural an nomination in actress a leading role for his colleaugue Emma Thompson.


I think Tom Hanks has a much better chance with Saving Mr. Banks.


It's Chiwetel's award this year.

Brett Greer

I don't see Prisoners going for Best Picture, but I could see Hugh Jackman for Best Actor

Amy jones


Judy Greer

Oprah is campaigning in Best Actor category.


Christain Bale is getting nominated for something, and it's probably American Hustle.

Luke Hayes

If Leonardo DiCaprio does the Frank Sinatra film he can't lose.. But competition for 2014 will be hard to get I just hope The Academy gets it right

Luke Hayes

1. Leonardo DiCaprio – (The Wolf of Wallstreet)
2. Matthew McConaughey – (The Dallas Buyers Club)
3. Christian Bale – (American Hustle)
4. Chiwitel Eijofor – (12 Years a Slave)
5. Steve Carell – (Foxcatcher)
or 5. Robert Redford – (All is Lost)


Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Matthew McConaughey (The Dallas Buyers Club)
Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom)
Forrest Whitaker (The Butler)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate)

Brett Greer

If there's going to be 15 (which I doubt) it would probably be:
Ben Stiller (Walter Mitty)
Joaquin Phoenix (Her)
Leo Dicaprio (Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwitel Eijofor (12 Years a Slave)
Christian Bale (Out of the Furnace/American Hustle)
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips
George Clooney (Monuments Men)
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Forest Whitaker (The Butler)
Mark Wahlberg (The Lone Survivor)
Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher)
Michael Fassbender (The Counslor)
Robert Redford (All is Lost)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club/Mud)


Mads Mikkelsen, "The Hunt"


Excuse me, but your survey link to the other categories for Oscar consideration for next spring
leads one to the predictions for last year's which are now history…. not cool.


I'd throw Miles Teller out there for his amazing performance in The Spectacular Now. It'll be the underdog of year. There is always one. That or his co-star Shailene Woodley who was just as amazing in that movie.


1. Leonardo DiCaprio (TWOWS).
2. Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club).
3. Bruce Dern (Nebraska). -It seems that he could probably compete as supporting-
4. Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight).
5. Benedict Cumberbatch (The 5th State).
6. Christina Bale (American Hustle).
7. Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips).


1) Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf on Wall Street
2) Chiwetel Ejiofer, 12 Years a Slave
3) Joaquin Phoenix, Her
4) Christian Bale, American Hustle
5) Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips



1) Chiwetel Ejiofor – Twelve Years a Slave
2) Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
3) Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
4) Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station

Who else agrees with me that at least these four will happen? It just seems so likely, could be wrong of course.


My predictions (At the moment):

Chiwetal Ejiofor
Robert Redford
Matthew McConaughey
Bruce Dern
Leonardo DiCaprio

Closing in, and easily major contenders:

Steve Carell
Joaquin Phoenix
Christian Bale
Michael B. Jordan
Idris Elba
Tom Hanks


Ok so everyone is putting Leo as one of there surefire nominees, but I don't think he will get nominated, and if he does then he definitely won't win. Here is why: The Academy likes versatility and effort from their actors. They like it when actors have to research roles, and play people who aren't similar to themselves. Leo is known for playing cool, rich guys who are good with the ladies and funny and smart and all. And who does he play in 'Wolf?' A cool, rich guy who is good with the ladies and funny and smart. He isn't sacrificing for this role, or going out of his comfort zone. He is playing it safe, and teaming up with Scorsese in hopes for a nomination, or a win. Redford, McConaughey, Ejiofer, Dern, Jordan, and Bale, Carell, Hanks, and Isaac are all sacrificing things for their roles and leaving their comfort zones. They will probably deserve nominations. Who knows though. We will see.


My top 5
1. Robert Redford, All is Lost
2. Matthew McConaughey, The Dallas Buyer's Club
3. Chiwetel Ejiofer, 12 Years a Slave
4. Bruce Dern, Nebraska
5. Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Christian Bale is a close 6, for American Hustle. Leo will be lucky to get a nomination. Steve Carell, Tom Hanks, and Oscar Isaac could all easily get nominated also.


After serious consideration:

1. Chiwetal Ejiofor (Twelve Years a Slave)
2. Matthew McConaughey (The Dallas Buyers Club)
3. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
4. Robert Redford (All is Lost)
5. Christian Bale (American Hustle)

I'd bet money on this


My top 5
1. Robert Redford, All is Lost
2. Matthew McConaughey, The Dallas Buyer's Club
3. Chiwetel Ejiofer, 12 Years a Slave
4. Bruce Dern, Nebraska
5. Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Christian Bale is a close 6, for American Hustle. Leo will be lucky to get a nomination. Steve Carell, Tom Hanks, and Oscar Isaac could all easily get nominated also.


My current prediction:

1. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
2. Matthew McConaughey (The Dallas Buyers Club)
3. Christian Bale (American Hustle)
4. Chiwetel Ejiofer (Twelve Years a Slave)

I'm certain these four will be nominated, fifth is a wild card at this point.


Tom Hanks for Saving Mr.Banks not Captain Phillips. Captain Phillips is a thriller so he probably won't be unleashing a lot of acting skills like Ben Affleck in Argo. And he is probably lead role for Saving Mr. Banks, not supporting.


These four imo, seem like the most obvious, or one's who most think will be nominated.

Chiwetel Ejiofor
Matthew McConaughey
Leonardo DiCaprio
Michael B. Jordan

For the fifth spot I can see Tom Hanks, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, or Christian Bale.


Whoah peter your getting it all wrong, Ejiofor will claim victory


A list with Oscar Isaac above Michael B. Jordan (who isn't even in the top 5?) is beyond embarrassing. Beyond.


Question to all…..

So am I the only one seeing the huge possibility McConaughey is nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor this year? I think its a no doubt he's getting the nominee for Dallas Buyers Club(he lost like 40-50 pounds for the role and the Academy loves nominating people when they lose weight). Then I think he also has a pretty big chance of being nominated for Best Supporting Actor for either The Wolf of Wall Street or Mud.


Christain Bale Out of the Furnace


After more thought

1) Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years a Slave)
2) Leonardo DiCprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
3) Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate)

Runner ups for 4th and 5th spots

Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Michael Fassbender (The Counselor)
Tom Hanks (Saving Mr.Banks or Captain Phillips)
Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station)
Christian Bale (American Hustle or Out of the Furnace)
Forest Whitaker (The Butler)


1. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
2. Matthew McConaughey (The Dallas Buyers Club)
3. Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks or Captain Phillips)
4. Chiwetel Ejiofer (Twelve Years a Slave)
5. Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)

Runner ups:
Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station)
Robert Redford (All Is Lost)
Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom)
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska – Unless he campaigns for Supporting)
Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher)



1) Chiwetel Ejiofor for Twelve Years a Slave
2) Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
3) Michael Fassbender for The Counselor
4) Benedict Cumberbatch for The Fifth Estate

Not sure on the fifth nominee. Either Elba, Hanks, McConaughey, or Whitaker.


My best actot nominees prediction

1. Matthew McConaughey (The Dallas Buyers Club)
2. Chiwetel Ejiofer (Twelve Years a Slave)
3. Josh Brolin (Oldboy)
4. Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
5. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)


Casey Affleck is not a lead in Out of the Furnace. Shows how much you know.


Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofer (Twelve Years a Slave)
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
Robert Redford (All Is Lost)
Forest Whitaker (The Butler)


My predictions still stand:
1. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
2. Matthew McConaughey (The Dallas Buyers Club)
3. Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks or Captain Phillips)
4. Chiwetel Ejiofer (Twelve Years a Slave)
5. Bruce Dern (Nebraska) or Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher)


I really hope Leo wins this year. In my opinion, he is definitely one of the best actors living today. For the most part, every role he's been playing recently has been rich in depth. I think he should've won for Django last year. Anyway, I hope this is finally his year. However, Matthew M. does seem like he has an amazing role this year and he lost a lot of weight to do it (and the Academy loves that).

Altaic Ural

and where the hell is Don Jon, Nymphomaniac , Oldboy Remake ?!?!?!

Come on!!!!!! Biased people

Altaic Ural

No The Place Beyond The Pines? And dont feed me that BS about its from 2012, in 2012 it was seen on just one festival..Ive seen Academy's do that type things a lot nominated a film that is a year old but they made an exception because of the official worldwide releasedates etc etc.


Well, predictions are just predictions with minimal basis. No one has seen these movies in full length and we'll just be surprised later that we hit only one or none at all. But, I am hoping for Michael Fassbender to get at least one nomination; he's a talented one. There's my bias. (From the Philippines)

Ay wey

I think the only safe bet at this moment is Ethan Hawke. Maybe Leonardo, but he has been snubbed before or Benedict but he plays a controversial man and the Academy is so… American… Tom Hanks could be, but he has been absent of the ceremony for years. We have to wait, but Ethan for sure.


Can we all agree that DiCaprio's performance in 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' looks fantastic?


Sorry Dan, but you're wrong. That's just the way it is so deal with it. Leo is arguably the best modern actor today who's name isn't Daniel Day-Lewis. I do agree that he shouldn't gotten nominated for Blood Diamond, ONLY because his performance in The Departed was much better. The fact is, Leo has gotten snubbed a multitude of times where he damn sure should have gotten nominated (Titanic, Catch Me if You Can, J. Edgar, Django Unchained).


Fed up of people saying Di Caprio is snubbed constantly, these people just don't watch other movies. Leo's a fine actor but there are just quite a few better actors than him, that have incredible depth and the performances that Leo has lost to in the past DESERVED to beat him. Forrest Whittaker in Last King of Scotland, phenomenal, I don't even know why Leo was nominated for Blood Diamond. And really he hasn't done anything that phenomenal that I can think of, to me hes only really good in Scorsese films but not Oscar standard.

Movie Fan

Leonardo DiCaprio- The Wolf of Wall Street
Tom Hanks- Saving Mr. Banks
Christian Bale- American Hustle
Michael Pena- Chavez
Michael B. Jordan- Fruitvale Station

Hope Leonardo wins he has been snubbed constantly


Sorry guys but their is no way leonardo can win this year. First Matthew McConaughey play aids victum which is plus oint for oscar (remember hanks philidelphia) then Chiwetel Ejiofer whose role as a slave is so powerful. then Bruce Dern, oscar loves honour old people specially actors or supporting actors, plus he win cannes best actor. these are three that coming leo way. so dont put so much hope. if oscar can reward leo, they will reward leo in his first nomination but they didnt.


My list at the moment is comprised of:

1. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
2. Matthew McConaughey (The Dallas Buyers Club)
3. Chiwetel Ejiofer (Twelve Years a Slave)
4. Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)

*Fifth slot considerations:
Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks or Captain Phillips)
Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher)
Robert Redford (All Is Lost)
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Idris Elba (Mandela: Long walk to freedom
Joaquin Phoenix (Her)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The fifth estate)
Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station)

If Oscar Isaac wins tomorrow's Cannes award for best actor than a nomination for Best Actor is locked. Likewise, if Tom Hank's performance is really a supporting role than you can be certain that some space will be cleared for potential candidates. One of the most diversified and exciting year's for acting!


Knowing AMPAS, they´ll nominate The Great Gatsby and Wolf of Wall Street in the best film category and snub DiCaprio. Because that´s their thing (Titanic, GONY, The Departed, Inception, Django Unchained). Ah well, when all is said and done, history will be extremely kind to Leonardo DiCaprio. To AMPAS – not so much, unless they get their goddam act together.


Take Tom Hanks out for "Saving Mr. Banks". Reactions from the screening mention that he is a supporting actor (and may even be onscreen less than Colin Farrell). If Hanks gets in for Best Actor, it's for Captain Phillips.


I absolutely adore Leo DiCaprio, but he has to be more than terrific, or tremendous, in "The Wolf of Wall Street". His performance in this last really needs to be considered among his best – if not his best – by the majority to stay in the run and eventually win. His consistent exceptional work didn't really help him so far. Sad irony !

I can't stand Christian Bale, so overrated actor who was much better as a child actor (remember "Empire of the Sun"), and he so overacted his part in "Fighter". Rolling eyes and losing weight don't make any performance enough oscarworthy, sorry Bale's fans, but he got it though…

I really hope Robert Redford will be nominated instead of him, he really seems incredible in "All Is Lost". It's also good to see Tom Hanks envisaged in the run after 13 years, love him !

Good Taste

How about some mention of Robert Redford's tour de force performance in J.C. Chandor's sophomore effort "All Is Lost." Redford's character is lost at sea and there is supposedly little or no dialogue whatsoever in the film.


I have friends who saw a test screening of Saving Mr. Banks in L.A. a few weeks back. Tom Hanks is 100% Supporting Actor. Not a doubt in the world.


I thinks nomination Tom Hanks in Saving mr Banks, best actor in a leading role, and no in category actor in supporting role.

Michael M.

At this moment the positive Cannes and critical reception for "Inside Llewyn Davis" will probably secure Isaac an Oscar nomination. I'm still considering him a dark-horse, although I wouldn't be surprised to see him single out Dern, Carrell, or perhaps Ejiofor. Simultaneously he's not edging out Dicaprio, McConaughey, or Hanks. I'd probably call those three affirmative locks, count on it. Idris Elba should be payed closer attention to as well.




If DiCaprio doesn't get nominated this year, I am done with the Oscars. The guy is arguably one of the most consistently fantastic actors around, yet is constantly snubbed when it comes to the Oscars. I also hope to see McConaughey, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Idris Elba get some Oscar love. Though I'm surprised no one has mentioned Michael Shannon in The Iceman. Maybe not an 'Oscar film' but many early reviews have been praising Shannon's performance.


i am quite sure that leonardo will not win. the film is kind in the scorcesse the aviator film type rather than raging bull or taxi driver film types which mean the actor performance will be notice but win is not for sure. beside leo, mathew role is anmazing and i am quite sure that he will won


Clooney has a better chance to get nominated for The Monuments Men.


Chiwetel Eijofor. Major movie site, could be more precise. Well, I guess you'll know his name if he wins an Oscar.

Michael M.

Great prognostication!
My list at the moment is comprised of:

1. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
2. Matthew McConaughey (The Dallas Buyers Club)
3. Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks or Captain Phillips)
4. Chiwetel Ejiofer (Twelve Years a Slave)
5. Bruce Dern (Nebraska) or Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher)

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