2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the
87th Academy Awards through February 22nd, when the winners are announced.

Not too long ago, Michael Keaton seemed like the man to beat in what has
been the most competitive of all the acting races all season long. He’s
the sentimental favorite, starring in the film with the most Oscar
nominations. Not to mention he won both a Golden Globe (in the
comedy-musical category) and a Critics Choice Award a few weeks back.
But then this weekend, he lost out on what could have confirmed his
frontrunner status: the SAG Award. Eddie Redmayne took that for “The
Theory of Everything,” adding to his own Golden Globe in the drama
category. What’s important there is that the last time the winner in
SAG’s Best Actor category didn’t go on to win the Oscar was way back in
2003. So does it appear that Redmayne now has the edge in a
neck-and-neck race between him and Keaton? Not if Bradley Cooper — the
only nominee in this category without any previous bids for the win —
has anything to say about it. Cooper wasn’t competing against Keaton or
Redmayne at any of the aforementioned ceremonies, largely because his
“American Sniper” was released so late in the game. The film is
obviously surging in terms of box office and awards buzz (though also in
terms of controversy). If Keaton and Redmayne cancel each other out,
it’s Cooper who benefits. Which is still a tall order: He’d notably
follow Marcia Gay Harden as only the second person ever to win an Oscar without a Golden Globe, SAG or Critics Choice Award nomination. Either way: Toughest acting call of the night, by far (we’re going with Redmayne, but it’s our least confident call of them all).

Check out our predictions in other categories here.

The Nominees:
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Will Win: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Could Win: Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” or Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Should Win: Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Shoulda Been Here: Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”

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Comments

jill

Michael Keaton should have won.

jill

In my humble opinion as a high schoolEnglish teacher,who began teaching in 1975

Kevin

Yeah, because Benedict Cumberbatch and The Imitation Game don’t even exist…

Plop

John Wick.

alex

Michael Keaton all the way baby

Lois RODI

How about a movie that has a good story line and some historical significance

M.T

I really think that Keaton will win…i mean, if they are in love with Birdman then they should really give this men an Oscar, it’s like The King’s Speech without Firth or The Artist without Dujardin. He will and clearly should win. I’m still pretty mad that the best performance of the year is not even nominated: Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler. Shame on you, Academy…

Brooke

I disagree. Keaton is taking it.

Ananthakrishnan M

Its sad why jake gyllenhaal didn’t even get Oscar nominee for NightCrawler which is one of the best picture in 2014

Randall

As usual I have to correct you.As far as the Best Actor is concern I believe(correction I know) that despite Eddie Redmayne "winning " the best actor sag award,Michael Keaton should win(correction again,he WILL WIN).

Casey

The only thing now that will save Keaton is if the Academy wants to stick it to the BAFTA’s.

Pat

"Not if Bradley Cooper — the only nominee in this category without any previous bids for the win — has anything to say about it."

Uh. Last time I checked, Bradley Cooper was nominated for Best Actor for Silver Linings Playbook just 2 years ago…

Sheldon Gaskell

Honestly, I really want Michael Keaton to win, but Redmayne may have given a better performance in Theory of Everything. I was very surprised at how incredible Cooper was in American Sniper as well (not to mention that he was probably simultaneously acting as The Elephant Man on Broadway. All actors in this category are spot-on.

Alexis Nedley

Why anyone would pick Michael Keaton (who gave a stellar performance) over Eddie Redmayne is beyond me. The voice, motions, faces that Redmayne had to master took much more than what Keaton had to do.

E.

I agree with Michael, the previous poster. Mr. Keaton is loved all around, and the Academy’s technical people (musicians, sound mixers, editors, etc) must’ve loved Birdman more than TToE. Most of the actors could be up for Redmayne, but the subject of Inarritu’s film might just invoke a little bit more to the craftsmen. And I definitely think that while Redmayne is very good (in an otherwise useless film), Keaton is on his own level. And a comeback is always good.

Matthew

I think Keaton will still take it. Besides the fact that I think he deserves it, I think a lot of Academy voters will vote for him just because he’s Michael Keaton, and after a long and great career, finally deserved an Oscar. Redmayne has plenty of years ahead of him, while Keaton probably won’t be making films for anything more than 20-25 years.

talia

Don’t see bradley cooper winning over keaton or redmayne,it’s a toss up between the two of them and nobody else.

M.

LMFAO Bradley Cooper? lolol no

Juan

Uh, @Chris, 12 Years a Slave did win best picture.

E.

I’m sorry, but Bradley Cooper won’t win.
The only way I can understand Mr. Knegt’s prediction is that he either thinks the role of Chris Kyle is controversial enough to win or then Cooper’s performance must’ve made a hell of an impression to him.

dan

bradley cooper?! no effing way!

BOO

Oh my god. This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. BRADLEY COOPER WASN"T NOMINATED ANYF*CKINGWHERE HE’S NOT WINNING

Stella

Are you KIDDING?! If Eddie Redmayne doesn’t deserve to win, no one does.

Chris

Also, just so everyone knows, Peter from Indywire, who is predicting here picked best actor last year as Christian Bale- good guess…Matthew McConaughey took that. Peter also showed his great talent in 2014 backing "12 years a slave"… Gravity took it. Please, Peter, I hope you don’t bet on the horses. If you do, you must take a huge hurting.

Chris

Bradley Cooper will amaze all the naysyers, except the American movie going public that are flocking to see this film. Maybe the public, not the far left, are finally making a statement. Box office records anyone? Smashing them…

Liv

David Oyelowo for Selma. Total snub.

janet

Didn’t realize the comment was posting. I feel that Michael Keaton was brilliant in the role and truly deserves to win if there is any justice in the universe. In the past I loved Sandra Bullock in Gravity. She was amazing. Kate Blanchet won. It was easier to play crazy. The Academy favors Britts. Sick of it…

janet

I want Michael Keaton to win.

chris wahlberg

Benedict cumberbatch

Leigh

Shoulda been there: David Oyelowo

Sofiya

Steve Carell for Foxcatcher.

Zach

No way Jose that Bradley Cooper ain’t gonna win. He’s one of only guys I’d let up my bum. He will win bets actor like he should have in 2012.

lilu

Did any body bother to see Kill The Messenger ? I guess not or it would have some great nods . Say " Best Picture " , "Best Actor In A Lead Role for Jeremy Renner , Screen Play , etc … Great movie nobody bothered to watch.

The Hills Are Alive

All the people implying Eddie Redmayne is merely a teen heart throb or a B-list romance actor clearly haven’t seen The Theory of Everything or any of his other films for that matter. He was able to deliver passionate, driving emotion for the entire film and along with Felicity Jones is the reason the movie is so memorable and amazing to watch. Not only that, but he completely captured Stephen Hawking’s personality; he was funny, serious, thoughtful, intelligent, and most of all, deeply sincere. So no, he’s not on this list because he was a Stephen Hawking lookalike, but because in The Theory of Everything he WAS Stephen Hawking; it was the best actor-to-character transformation I’ve seen since Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, and it’ll be a travesty if they give this Oscar to anyone else.

Jane

Michael Keaton did a fabulous job in Birdman, but the Oscar really should go to Eddie Redmayne. Of the two he gave the better performance, plain and simple.

Emma

I don’t understand how people seem to think that Michael Keaton’s performance has anything on Redmayne’s. Eddie is phenomenal.

Dennis Daly

having been fortunate enough to see most of the above listed films and many fine performances I must add that to exclude Robert Downeys sensitive and dramatic performance in The Judge is certainly an ommission to put it as simply as I can. The film while not a true contender for award due to more than a few blemishes did not stop Mr Downey from transcending the films weekneses with a performamce which moved me and touched my heart. i have left films when a performance of this nature after the credits rolled in the past and known with an absolute feeling of seeing another Academy Award Performance in many years past. The same feeling enveloped me at The Judges conclusion. This was a very special rendering of this character and with all due respect given to the others in a dramatic category this one stayed with me and may I say the filmgoing audience as well.

dan

Yo people commenting, I don’t think you understand what predictions mean… They’re not saying these performances are better the other ones, they’re not saying Eddie Redmayne’s performance is better than Steve Carell’s but Redmayne is an absolute lock for a nomination. The type of performance it is and the fact its already been nominated and won a golden globe, he’s always going to be above the others in predictions, Carell might not even get nominated which is a shame but it sort of shows how strong this year is. Although Foxcatcher is getting a bit of a rough deal because it’s fantastic.

katherine georgina

What about Nicholas hoult for Young Ones(2014)

What the...?

Oh for god’s sake! Michael Keaton does the best acting of the year, hands down, but where’s McConaughey for Interstellar?!
Just imagine Redmayne or Cumberbatch or Oyelowo shouting "Don’t let me leave, Murph!" without sounding cringeworthy. I know Ralph Fiennes could, because he is a sensitive actor, but handles comedy like a master, too.

Now, please don’t mix up good imitation and real acting. Redmayne in his Oscar-tailored role is good, but what on Earth makes you think he’s better than Carell or Gyllenhaal? They showed some serious talent with emphasizing with their characters. You can see John du Pont’s madness from his restless eyes, Lou Blooms hunger from his body, and Riggan Thompson’s constriction in his whole nature. But what many people don’t find in McCounaghey’s Cooper is the passion for flying, and in the end the horror of getting strapped in a silent space hell. Also the way Fiennes delivers M. Gustave’s lines is something beyond my consciousness.

Otherwise The Theory of Everything lays on Redmayne’s performance, because, without a question, he looks like Hawking, but that’s it. He isn’t his character like the aforementioned gentlemen are. He just so much tries to be.

anton

tmothy spall gave b fa the year’s best erformance as mr turner. a staggeing tw ad a half hours on screen and ket me rivetted to the screen from stat to finish.

Stephen

I hope that Bill Murray at least gets another nomination at the Oscars. His performance in St. Vincent was one the best I have seen from him in a long time.

Jacob

Chadwick Boseman – Get On Up

jayandrade

My Final Predictions in the hardest categories… I’m feel sorry for 5 actors who won’t be nominated and the probably would won in other years

– Michael Keaton, "Birdman" (very deserving)
– Eddie Redmayne, "Theory of Everything" (he is good, but not great. The role was made for Oscars, but I think F. Jones is better, because her role wasn’t had a single scene to shine, but she was really good. The sad part is he could win)
– Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game" (good performan + Harvey = Oscar Nod.)
– Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher" (he is incredible)
– Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" (he is brilliant)

Biggest Snubbed

– David Oyelowo, "Selma" (He was good, great, but is the most unkown of the contenders… remember Michael Fassbende in 2011)
– Bradley Cooper, "American Sniper" (I think he and Gyllenhaal are the best male performances of the year, but the campaing has been bad for him, because he is busy)

Oyelowo, Cooper, Spall and Fiennes, could easily won in the past years becouse they are really much better than past recently winners like Bridges, Dujardin, and even Matthew M. Such a shame

Uncle Jack

If Gyllenhaal doesn’t get nominated I refuse to watch the Oscars. Best acting performance of the year.

jim fouratt

Three Best Actor performaces for me are #1 Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" with Steve Carell and Joaquin Phoenix almost neck and neck with him .. Miles Teller and Channing Tatum deserve more attention

WOH

Let me say that after seeing American Sniper, it would be a travesty if Bradley Cooper doesn’t get nominated. It was MUCH better than I thought it was going to be, and he totally transforms. I think if it wasn’t for Keaton he would have the WIN in the bag.

Mychal

Gyllenhaal better get a slot. He was incredible in Nightcrawler

JD

Steve Carell is higher up than Jake. Ralph is a dark horse at best.

Rodrigo

What about Tom Hardy for Locke or The Drop?

Amber

Eddie Redmaybe truly deserves both the nomination and award, his acting in The Theory of Everything was truly spectacular

Riley

Why isn’t Miles Teller up higher on this list? He was brilliant in Whiplash. Just my thoughts. He should be up a lot higher and be in the conversation much more

Michael

Another win for Tom Hardy (Toronto Film Critics) and another nomination (Houston Film Critics)! So when is his name going to be listed on this website as a possibility, even if only a dark horse one, for Best Actor?

The_Grave

"Steve Carell is probably the most vulnerable, though the more we think about Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance in "The Imitation Game," the more it doesn’t quite compare to the others."

Replace Cumberbatch with Eddie Redmayne (aka Hugh Grant Jr.) and I agree.

William Ryan

Losers all. Brendan Gleeson in Calvary. The rest are simply amateurs…

Michael

I agree with Missy Busty. Tom Hardy certainly deserves a nomination for his tour de force performance in Locke — the only on screen acting in the movie. Of course he most likely won’t get a nomination, but given the award of the LA film critics and the nomination by the St. Louis film critics, he should at least be listed with the other dark horse possibilities.

Missy Busty

Tom Hardy for his amazing performance in Locke

Patrick

As a Harry Potter fan I am pulling BIG TIME for Ralph Fiennes in Hotel. Would really make up for HP never getting an Oscar.

j2020

It really was 1934 when all the Best Actors nominees where there for the first time? (Clark Gable, William Powell & Frank Morgan)… I don’t know if we will see that, but it will be incredible…but I really think that Bradley Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal or even Ralph Finnes could make an entrance and the Academy snubbed David Oyelowo (most unknown) or Carrell (he will win someday through), plus in 20 years or less some actor will win for play MLK, so I think Oyelowo is not a lock is a threat

CR

Never going to happen, but Michael Parks was amazing in Tusk.

JD

This list is pretty much spot on.

Akhenatron

Hi- great timing on this piece – I m concerned – there is not mention of phillip Seymour Hoffman in any of the male acting categories – he turned in a nasty performance in "wanted," and it is a performance … one to be reckoned with.

luluantonietta

muy segura de #michaelkeaton , mis aplausos van para #eddieRedmayne

Joey

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Brady Mullis

Matthew McConaughey should not be overlooked like he is. His performance in Interstellar was unmatched from any other performance I’ve seen this year.

Coleman

*isn’t

Coleman

Why is Tom Hardy for Locke or even The Drop in the conversation??

bob hawk

No love for John Lithgow and Alfred Molina in LOVE IS STRANGE?

Jake

What about Nicolas Cage for Joe?

alex

keaton should be the winner. im sure redmayne is amazing (havent seen TOE but keaton its just to powerfull to beat)

GERARD KENNELLY

David Oyelowo Selma Steve Carell Foxcatcher Bradley Cooper American Sniper Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler Jack O’Connell Unbroken Ralph Fiennes Grand Budapest Hotel Ben Affleck Gone Girl Chadwick Boseman Get On Up Keaton Birdman

stacey jax

joaquin phoenix work on the immigrant is the only performance deserving of recognition this season

Nick

So Bradley Cooper is below Spall and Isaac? The reviews ive read seem to suggest other wise. Cooper has a better chance those two. Im guessing the person who wrote this didnt care too much for American Sniper.

Nick

So Bradley Cooper is below Spall and Isaac? The reviews ive read seem to suggest other. Cooper has a better chance those two. Im guessing the person who wrote this didnt care too much American Sniper.

Joshua

LOL at people claiming Unbroken is gonna get so many Oscar wins and noms. First of all, Angelina jolie is not a real director, and most importantly Unbroken has no reviews or hardly any news about it. Second, Jack O’Connell’s performance would have to be mind-blowing in order for him to even get a Best Oscar nod, cause from this years race the spots for Best Actor are very crowded and I don’t know who they would give up to give Jack O’Connell a spot. Too many fantastic and brilliant performances from such strong actors. Also, it doesn’t help that Unbroken has no reviews or no one has seen it to rank the film so high up in many of the categories. Even the race for Best Director is pretty good and crowded, who would they have to give up for Jolie to get a spot? Fincher, Nolan, Miller ,etc are all very strong directors.

Edkargir

Last nights screening of Selma at the afi. Festival seems to have change the oscar race in many categories . All the reviews so far are raves

PatrickH

With the addition of Oyelowo, you’ve got 3 Brits now in your projected nominations. In the past 20 years, there have only been 3 instances in which 3 of the 5 nominated actors were foreign/not American-born, and not once has it been 3 Brits. I think it’s highly probable that somebody like Bradley Cooper will knock off one of the Brits– probably Redmayne or Cumberbatch. Cooper is getting very strong reviews for his work in American Sniper and clearly knows how to campaign.

Max Miller

I’ve seen Jack O’Connell in two other films this year – Starred Up, and ’71. He’s a stunner in both of them, and I can’t wait for Unbroken! I hope he gets some well deserved recognition

xx

Where is Rob pattinson?

Anna

I’m disappointed that it looks like David Oyelowo has knocked the incredible Oscar Isaac out of the competition, but I have to say, that quintet is filled with all amazing performances.

May

Matthew McConaughey definitely deserves it

Tom

Do you think there’s any chance of a posthumous nomination for Philip Seymour Hoffman for the excellent A Most Wanted Man?

Max

Brendan Gleeson for Calvary…

SV

Michael Keaton has a lock for Birdman

Bob

Your list here is pretty spot on except I have my 5 filled out already with 2 possible Runner Ups. My 5 are: Carrel – Foxcatcher, Keaton – Birdman, Reyman – Theory of Everything, Cumberbatch – Imitation Game, and Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler. Runner Ups are Cooper for American Sniper and O’Connell for Unbroken.

Nick

I notice the editors still haven’t put up B-coop for American sniper. C’mon guys get your heads out of your ass.

kyle

The day Adam Sandler wins a Oscar is the day I will eat a rock

Jake Majka

Eddie redmayne in the top four? Put jake gyllenhaal up there did you even watch nightcrawler?

Canadian Reader

Jeremy Renner, Kill the Messenger. He should have won in 2010 or 2011, here’s the Academy’s chance to get it right. Unflashy and profound.

jeff

Uhm, I’m sorry, but Bradley Cooper? American Sniper would seem like a front runner based on the trailer and his track record alone.

Andrees

I am also wondering where all this hype for Unbroken is coming from? It did not premiere at an films festivals and there are no early reviews for it either. How can you praise a movie so much without even seeing or reviewing it? Sounds like Angelina Jolie’s PR team has created this dumb hype for their film.

Jacob

How is Bradley cooper not even in consideration? When u have american sniper for Best picture??

Luciano

I really hope Michael Fassbender gets nominated… seriously, he was GREAT as Frank!

leszera

It will go to anybody in the top 5 probably.

neete

jack O’ Connell probably won’t get a nomination. Nobody is really familiar with that guys work and from seeing the trailer of unbroken that kid’s acting is nothing special either. Infact the whole movie Unbroken looks nothing special. Why so much hype over the film?

Lucas

What about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance in A most wanted man ? It’s a shame if he is not even nominated. We just lost one of the greatest actor of all time, let’s not forget that. And the film is truly great.

Nick

Seriously guys not even a mention for Bradley Cooper in American Sniper? That being said my predictions are 1. Michael Keaton, Birdman 2. Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game 3. Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything 4. Steve Carell, Foxcatcher 5. Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

LK

What about Bradley Cooper for American Sniper?

Diego

Chadwick Boseman number 20?? He should be in the tops!

Caleb

Not even a listing for Bradely Cooper for American Sniper

M.

1. Michael Keaton, "Birdman"
2. Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"
3. Bradley Cooper, "American Sniper"
4. Eddie Redmayne, "Theory of Everything"
5. Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"

Clara

I think i’ve never seen such a crowded category early on. Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton are already in imo. And in the More Strong Bets i’d add Sam Claflin for The Riot Club.

Zad

I know this is crazy, but James McAvoy (X-Men Days of Future Past) was way better than Affleck (Gone Girl).

Stuff

Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow?

Tyrone

I will go for: 1. Redmayne 2. Carell 3. Spall. 4. Keaton 5. Tatum. I add tatum here as carell may be dropped to supporting to almost guarantee a win. Not sure as its early days obviously.

PHard

Jeremy Renner in Kill the Messenger is a strong contender.

Kevin

I’ll make a prediction as well, that was missed here: JK Simmons – Whiplash.

Allie

Umm what about some love for The Judge. Robert Duvall doing what he does best and Robert Downey Jr. doing the best work of his career, two mind-blowing performances.

Kim

I am sure they’ll give it to Benedict Cumberbatch. But I so adored Ralph Fiennes’ performance in The Grand Budapest Hotel. They are all great, really. I just hope they don’t give it to Christoph Waltz again.

Heather

Tom Hardy in Locke. No one else exists.

Alex

It’s a 3-way race with Michael Keaton in the lead, then Steve Carell and finally Eddie Redmayne. Keaton takes is deservedly.

Annette

What about John Lloyd Young for Jersey Boys?

XX

LOL @ Baffleck over Joaquin Phoenix. Maybe it’s finally time to stop giving even an ounce of my attention to the Oscars.

Bob

First Predictions:

Steve Carrel – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Eddie Reyman – The Theory of Everything
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Runner Ups:
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Matthew McConaughey – Interstellar

Zack

@HUH?! Okay bud. Clearly you don’t know much about acting to see how great Cooper has been in his latest films. Watch the trailer. THEN by all means, bestow your vast cinema knowledge on me and prove me wrong.

Jack

What about Josh Hutcherson for Paradise Lost?

Alicia

One is missing. Miles Teller – Whiplash

Tim

No Tom Hardy? Two amazing performances this year, The Drop and Locke

BOO

Mark these words: David Oyelowo will win the Oscar

Fred

Cliff Curtis – The Dark Horse

Robert

Best I’ve seen so far….

1. Timothy Spall – MR.TURNER
2. Brendan Gleeson – CALVARY
3. Jack O’Connell – STARRED UP
4. Michael Keaton – BIRDMAN
5. Steve Carrell – FOXCATCHER
6. Ray Fiennes – GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
7. Antoine-Olivier Pilon – MOMMY
8. Bill Hader – SKELETON TWINS

lyta

predictions:
Michael Keaton.
Benedich Cumberbatch.
Steve Carrell.
Eddie Redmayne. are all locks, and the big question is who could be the fith slot. they are soo many contenders this year, it will be brutal. Ralph Fiennes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Miles Teller, Brad Pitt, Ben Afleck, Timothy Spall, Bill Murray, Joaquin Phoenix, Channing Tattum, just to name few… this is definily one of the most dificult years in the actor race.

Isabel

Liking what maz said…. Team Renner all the way… The acting in Kill the messenger by Jeremy was outstanding

Maz

Why do you guys always forget about Jeremy Renner?

Sasha Petrovic

No Brendan Gleeson? Really?

Tyler Smith

1. Michael Keaton – Birdman 2. Eddie Redmayne- A Theory of Everything 3. Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher 4. Benedict Cumberbatch – Imitation Game 5. Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice

HUH?!

@ZACK — So… Bradley Cooper for "American Sniper," huh? "His year," you say?! LMFAO! Get real.

maria

what about jeremy renner, in the kill the messenger

bappi

Really hoping to see the wonderful and underrated Ralph Fiennes nominated for The Grand Budapest Hotel. It’s been 18 years since his last nomination and he is, imo, the greatest actor working today.

Coleman

How come no one is talking about Tom Hardy for "Locke"

Brett

Sorry forgot Timothy Spall for 9

Brett

1. Michael Keaton
2. Steve Carell
3. Joaquin Phoenix
4. Benedict Cumberbatch
5. Bill Murray
6. Eddie Redmayne
7. Jake Gyllenhaal
8. Ben Affleck
10. Christoph Waltz

Jakub

J.K. Simmons deserves at leat a nomination for "Whiplash"

hitman83

nicolas cage joe

JJFFKK

1. Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
2. Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)
3. Michael Keaton (Birdman)
4. Jack O’Connell (Unbroken)
5. Brad Pitt (Fury)
6. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
7. Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher)
8. Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)
9. Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
10. Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
11. Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
12. Ben Affleck (Gone Girl)
13. Bill Murray (St. Vincent)
14. David Oyelowo (Selma)
15. Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar)
16. Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
17. Mark Wahlberg (The Gambler)
18. Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes)
19. Jeremy Renner (Kill the Messenger)
20. Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year)

pete

Wow, not even a mention for Tom in Locke?!

JohnnyVengeance

No love for Bill Hader in The Skeleton Twins?

Mary lily

Come on Chadwick Boseman . He was supposedly to tall , couldn’t dance and had little experience . Well friends he jumped over every obstacle and was James Brown .

Kyle Kizu

I really think you should take a look at Locke if you haven’t already. Tom Hardy will probably be overlooked for that, but he absolutely shouldn’t be.

hitman83

Russell Crowe noah

hitman83

Guy Pearce the rover

Mana

Oscar Jaenada deserves a mention for Cantinflas, I know he will not nominated, but made an extraordinary performance

Zack

No Bradley Cooper for American Sniper? I feel like this is his year!!! Also, although he won’t get nominated, Brendan Gleeson’s performance for Calvary has to be AT LEAST mentioned. He was brilliant!

mary

Best Actor
1. Bill Murray ,ST Vincent
2. Jeff Bridges, The Giver
3. Michael Keaton, The Birdman
4. Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
5. Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

THE WINNER :RALPH FIENNES

JOE

Best Actor
1. Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
2. Jeff Bridges, The Giver
3. Michael Keaton Birdman
4. Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
5. Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

THE WINNER :RALPH FIENNES

David

I can’t believe nobody is talking about Gerard Depardieu’s performance in ‘Welcome to New York’?? Its the best male lead performance of the year so far

JamDenTel

I say we should take Fiennes and probably Murray out of the conversation. Fiennes’ film peaked way too early and Wes Anderson films have yet to be embraced beyond writing nominations. So I think he’s a long shot. (I also don’t think the performance is THAT incredible, but a lot of people seem to feel differently.)

And Murray is in a film which looks like a pretty standard comedy-drama that’s getting awards notice because it got a festival release. But the reviews aren’t that great, I doubt the Academy feels a need to award Murray, and it’s a crowded field. I doubt there’s room for him.

Bob

Carrel is most likely gonna be supporting I think.

Bob

Channing Tatum seems like an early frontrunner for a nomination honestly from all I have seen….

Also, Jake Gyllenhaal seems to be an early frontrunner for a nomination to for Nightcrawler. Reviews and buzz have been rave for the film, speciffically his performance.

Vividness

Brendan Gleeson. Amazing in Calvary.

Joe

I will be terribly disippointed if Chadwick Boseman isn’t nominated. The movie was mediocre but his performance was honestly legendary.

mbj

You’re missing the winner: Al Pacino – Manglehorn

Caleb

No mention of Bradley Cooper for American Sniper?

David

What about Brendan Gleeson in "Calvary"?

BOO

Mark these words, you ready? Mark them. Hurry up, listen to me, I will be right: RALPH FIENNES IS NOT GETTING NOMINATED! Neither is Eddie Redmayne, neither is Bill Murray. I don’t know how anyone got the idea that St. Vincent was in any way an Oscar movie. It’s nothing more than an average comedy thing and its not going to be a good movie.

M.

And if not Benicio, than Jake Gyllenhaal for ‘NightCrawler’

M.

1. Steve Carell – Dupont
2. Joaquin Phoenix – Doc Sportello
3. Michael Keaton – Birdman
4. Benicio Del Toro – Escobar
5. Eddie Redmayne – Hawking

Luis

What about Andrew Garfield for 99 Homes??? Reviews for his performance were really good

Mr. White

Maybe Christian Bale for Exodus ?

Brad

What about Tom Hiddleston for Only Lovers Left Alive? Or would you consider that more Best Actor? He certainly won’t get either, but I think he should definitely be in the conversation.

Hill

Where’s Bradley Cooper for American Sniper?

Melanie

I think it’s about time that James McAvoy win an oscar for best actor! His role as Bruce Robertson in Filth was absolutely brilliant!

ryan

My predictions are: Jack o’connell, michael keaton, steve carell, Eddie Redmayne and chadwick boseman

H.J.

Everyone that has a real chance:

1. Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
2. Matthew McConaughey – Interstellar
3. Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Ben Affleck – Gone Girl
5. Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
6. Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher
7. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
8. Jack O’Connell – Unbroken
9. Brad Pitt – Fury
10. Christian Bale – Exodus
11. Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes
12. Michael Keaton – Birdman
13. Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
14. Oscar Isaac – A Most Violent Year
15. Chadwick Boseman – Get on Up
16. Philip Seymour Hoffman – A Most Wanted Man
17. Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
18. Ellar Coltrane – Boyhood
19. Robert Downey Jr. – The Judge
20. Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
21. David Oyelowo – Selma
22. Bill Hader – The Skeleton Twins
23. Jeremy Renner – Kill the Messenger
24. Jonah Hill – True Story
25. Adam Sandler – Men, Women & Children
26. Miles Teller – Whiplash
27. Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
28. Guy Pearce – The Rover
29. Adam Sandler – The Cobbler
30. Ben Stiller – While We’re Young
31. Andrew Garfield – 99 Homes
32. Michael Fassbender – Frank
33. Tom Hardy – Locke
34. Viggo Mortensen – The Two Faces of January
35. Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner
36. James McAvoy – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
37. Bill Murray – St. Vincent
38. Brendan Gleeson – Calvary
39. Gael Garcia Bernal – Rosewater
40. Al Pacino – Maglehorn

Brett

Bradley Cooper for American Sniper, that would be amazing if he’s nominated 3 years in a row

phillip

I am just thrilled to hear Steve Carell as a contender, although, I never heard of its release, yet. I heard, though, that Carell was considered as a front runner for the Oscars back in January. So, I can’t wait to see what the hype is about. I would love to see him get a nod, and, a win would be amazing. He is probably my favorite current actor and I do not him to fade. I saw him in Anchorman 2 and the movie was not that great, but, it was worth watching for his parts. Kristen Wiig opposite him was good too they had great chemistry. Now, if, he can do drama, as well, he has definite staying power. I mean I can go on about how great I think he is. The Office was nothing without him, I mean, sure some of the characters were good still, especially, Kevin. Steve Carell was the whole show, though.

Nathan

No James McAvoy for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby? He’s brilliant in it.

Thomas

Bradley cooper Serena

Ted

Chadwick Boseman is absolutely INCREDIBLE !!!!!!!!!!!

Lovenhope

Michael Fassbender – Frank

BOO

You’re being ridiculous if you even think Ralph Fiennes has any sort of chance. I mean, you put him above Timothy Spall and Channing Tatum!

Sage

What about Scott Haze for Child of God? I’m told his performance was nothing short of phenomenal.

Brandon

Thanks for posting these. One question though: what have you heard of Al Pacino’s role in Manglehorn? I’m starting to read a little buzz on it and wondered if you thought it had any chance for a possible nomination.

Regina

James McAvoy should at least be in the discussion! I know he will not be nominated. He is such an underrated actor! But why can he not at least be in the discussion as a possible contender?

Splendor

Brad Pitt has to be nominated

Brett

Brad Pitt’s performance in Fury (from a trailer’s standpoint) looks about as Oscar worthy as his performance in Inglorious Basterds

MANJULA MANI

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Gerson

All of these guys have a chance:

Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Matthew McConaughey – Interstellar
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ben Affleck – Gone Girl
Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jack O'Connell – Unbroken
Brad Pitt – Fury
Christian Bale – Exodus: Gods and Kings
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Tommy Lee Jones – The Homesman
Oscar Isaac – A Most Violent Year
Chadwick Boseman – Get on Up
Eddie Redmayne – Theory of Everything
Ellar Coltrane – Boyhood
Robert Downey Jr. – The Judge
Jeremy Renner – Kill the Messenger
Bradley Cooper – Volcano Romance
Jonah Hill – True Story
Adam Sandler – Men, Women and Children
Ben Stiller – While We're Young
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Josh Hutcherson – Paradise Lost
Bill Hader – The Skeleton Twins
Adam Sandler – The Cobbler
Michael Fassbender – Frank
Guy Pearce – The Rover
Tom Hardy – Locke
Miles Teller – Whiplash
Tom Hardy – The Drop
Viggo Mortensen – The Two Faces of January
Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner
James McAvoy – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Jude Law – Dom Hemingway

Jay

I meant to say I don't think CGI performances SHOULD be eligible for acting Oscars.

Jay

I love Andy Serkis performances as much as the next guy but I don't think CGI performances and things of that nature shouldn't be eligible for acting Oscars. I feel like they don't count. That's why I'm happy Scarlett Johanssen didn't get nominated for her. I feel like a live-action on screen presence is needed. But that's just me. If they want to recognize performances like those of Serkis (which they absolutely should because he's outstanding), they should make an awards ceremony dedicated to performances of that nature. Maybe they already have, I don't know.

Brett

Is Andy Serkis lead or supporting in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?

Jujuju

What about Jason Segel and/or Jesse Eisenberg for The End of the Tour and Don Cheadle for Miles Ahead? (if that movie is to come out this year)

hdbfly

I don't get this. You're predicting Best Actor contenders on movies you haven't seen or that haven't been released? And you're expected to be taken seriously?

People look good in trailers? So, you've never seen a trailer that has looked good and the movie sucked majorly.

Slow news day anyone?

Brett

Unbroken looks like one of those movies where it will be nominated for everything BUT an acting category

The Great Alex

Jack O'connell looks amazing in the new Unbroken trailer

Luke

Joaquin Phoenix- Inherent Vice

Brett

1. Steve Carell
2. Joaquin Phoenix
3. Michael Keaton
4. Adam Sandler
5. Bill Murray
6. Christian Bale
7. Robert Downey Jr
8. Chadwick Boseman
9. Timothy Spall
10. Jeremy Renner

Alejandro

1. Steve Carell – "Foxcatcher"
2. Ralph Fiennes – "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
3. Timothy Spall – "Mr. Turner"
4. Channing Tatum – "Foxcatcher"
5. Joaquin Phoenix – "Inherent Vice"
6. Eddie Redmayne – "Theory of Everything"
7. Michael Fassbender – "MacBeth"
8. Benedict Cumberbatch – "The Imitation Game"
9. Tommy Lee Jones – "The Homesman"
10. Chadwick Boseman – "Get On Up"
11. Oscar Isaac – "A Most Violent Year"
12. Michael Keaton – "Birdman"
13. Jack O'Connell – "Unbroken"
14. Bill Murray – "St. Vincent"

Skye

It sucks it seems the late Paul Walker's stunning performance in Hours has been forgotten.

Brett

Bill Murray decides to join the race for St. Vincent and he looks great in the trailer he could have a chance

Sydney

Are you kidding me? I think Ansel Elgort from the fault in our stars should be best actor. May I remind the Oscars that The fault in our stars had the most watched trailer in all of YouTube's history. That is pretty impressive for an actor who is only 20. That gives him a right to win or at least nominated.

Caleb

1-Steve Carell
2-Michael Kearon
3-Joaquin Phoenix
4-Oscar Issac
5-Chadwick Boseman
6-Timothy Spall
7-Michael Fassbender
8-Ralph Fiennes
9-Jack O'Connell
10-Ben Affleck

Chris Boyle

1. Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
2. Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
3. Matthew McConaughey – Interstellar
4. Jack O'Connell – Unbroken
5. Brad Pitt – Fury

6. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
7. Ben Affleck – Gone Girl
8. Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner
9. Jeremy Renner – Kill the Messenger
10. Michael Keaton – Birdman

11. Robert Downey Jr. – The Judge

BOO

Whoa, whoa, Channing Tatum might have a lead role but it really all depends on how he is campaigned and I doubt they will try to put him in this category.

Brett

I saw the trailer to The Judge, Robert Downey Jr looks good, however Robert Duvall's performance seems more powerful it will overshadow his performance.

Kelly

When was this list last updated? Renner just jumped up huge on my list after the Kill the Messenger trailer–he looks amazing. Considering his last major roles were American Hustle (arguable oscar snub there), The Immigrant (killer reviews), and a guest turn on Louie (with Emmy buzz), he's set himself up quite nice for a real return to drama. Not to mention the film itself looks really good–cast, cinematography, etc., and the word back from the screenings so far is stellar. Time for a little boost, perhaps? It's one of 4 films I can say with confidence really came to play this season.

Brett

I don't know about Timothy Spall, the Academy is not too big on character actors

BOO

Carell and Spall and 100% locks unless a snub occurs

BOO

Get Ralph Fiennes off here, there is no chance for him.

lyta

i think this is definilly Steve Carrell year. he got soo left out a few years ago for little miss sunshine when they preffer to campaing with alan arkin, but he deserved at least the nomination. i see him as the McConaughey of this year and for now i think he will win this. the other nomineesthat could be a lock are robert downey jr, joaquin phoenix. if the grand budapest can get Ralp Fiennes another nomination is probably. and maybe if the academy move to younger generation in the actor race, when normally young actors dont get nominated. its leading that Milles Teller, who did great at sundance, maybe Ansel Elgort if Fault in our stars can get it right would probably get Woodley the nod, and Elgort can at least be a contender, and the box office number would not hurt the academy ceremony, and maybe Redmayne, whou i have not see anything about the movie, but he is a respected actor, he was in Les Mis, hes a Tony winner

Brett

I think Michael Keaton is more likely than Ralph Fiennes judging by the Birdman trailer

Brett

Top 10:
1. Steve Carell
2. Adam Sandler
3. Joaquin Phoenix
4. Michael Keaton
5. Ben Affleck
6. Robert Downey Jr
7. Chadwick Boseman
8. Christian Bale
9. Benedict Cumberbatch
10. Jeremy Renner

The_Grave

My predictions:

Steve Carell
Benedict Cumberbatch
Joaquin Phoenix
Timothy Spall
Christoph Waltz (assuming he's Lead and not Supporting)

Other possible nominees:
Ben Affleck
Oscar Isaac
Michael Keaton
Jack O'Connell
Channing Tatum

Brett

I think Ralph Fiennes is more likely for a Golden Globe Nod than an Oscar

Steven

Top 5 (In Order)

1) Steve Carell
2) Ralph Fiennes
3) Joaquin Phoeinx
4) Oscar Issac
5) Chadwick Boseman

Mike

Guy Pearce in The Rover is brilliant. he is such an underrated actor. Even Robert Pattinson in The Rover delivered an amazing performance. Maybe he will be a dark horse in best supporting.

james

It appears James Mcavoy is getting a lot of buzz for Filth. I wonder if he might be a possible contender as well

Brett

If Joaquin wins next year if he's nominated, do you think he'll take back what he said about the Academy?

BEN

I haven't seen Steve Carrell's much praised performance in Foxcatcher, but I hope that this will be Joaquin's year (alongside Jessica Chastain for supporting in A Most Violent Year (or leading in Miss Julie or Eleanor Rigby what seems very unlikely to me) and Amy Adams, Carey Mulligan or Michelle Williams for leading actress – but it's just about the actors so far, not about the performances)

Kev

Hearing really good things on Renner & Kill the Mess. Boseman is looking solid too, even though the release date is so early. I wonder what they will do with Carell since Tatum was also apparently good in Foxcatcher. I can see both studios playing politics and having Carell and Waltz duke it out in the supporting category. THAT would make for an oscar season.

anna

BEST ACTOR :Tom Hardy for Locke ….hands down….the best role played by anyone…. ever.Unparalleled.Just watch Locke and see for yourself.

Brett

Adam Sandler should be on this list

Saksham

I think JK Simmons could very well be nominated for Whiplash.
Though, I believe Steve Carrell just might win this year.

kiami

My predictions

Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher (Winner)
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Alfred Molina – Love Is Strange
Jack O'Connell – Unbroken
Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Oscar Isaac – A Most Violent Year
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Brad Pitt – Fury
Jeremy Renner – Kill the Messenger

Hackman

Top 20:
Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Matthew McConaughey – Interstellar
Jack O'Connell – Unbroken

Ben Affleck – Gone Girl
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Brad Pitt – Fury
Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner
Robert Downey Jr. – The Judge

Oscar Isaac – A Most Violent Year
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Chadwick Boseman – Get on Up
Jeremy Renner – Kill the Messenger
Christian Bale – Exodus

Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes
John Lloyd Young – Jersey Boys
James McAvoy – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
Tommy Lee Jones – The Homesman
Tom Hardy – Child 44

Azrin

All these actors have the potential to be nominated, but I think one standout actor I reckon could even win Best Actor is John Lloyd Young in Jersey Boys. Young is a Broadway actor who won a Tony award for his portrayal of Frankie Valli in the original 2006 production of Jersey Boys, and in a film that directed by Clint Eastwood and a strong ensemble, my vote is for John Lloyd Young to win the Oscar for Best Actor. And to all those who doubt my assessment, go check out the trailer for Jersey Boys and Youtube and see how mesmerizing Young is in the part, with his falsetto literally sending chills down my spine with each viewing.

Azrin

All these actors have the potential to be nominated, but I think one standout actor I reckon could even win Best Actor is John Lloyd Young in Jersey Boys. Young is a Broadway actor who won a Tony award for his portrayal of Frankie Valli in the original 2006 production of Jersey Boys, and in a film that directed by Clint Eastwood and a strong ensemble, my vote is for John Lloyd Young to win the Oscar for Best Actor. And to all those who doubt my assessment, go check out the trailer for Jersey Boys and Youtube and see how mesmerizing Young is in the part, with his falsetto literally sending chills down my spine with each viewing.

Brett

Top 10 choices:
1. Steve Carrell
2. Adam Sandler
3. Joaquin Phoenix
4. Christian Bale
5. Michael Keaton
6. Chadwick Boseman
7. Robert Downey Jr
8. Ralph Fiennes
9. Ben Affleck
10. Oscar Isaac

Brett

Adam Sandler should be on this list because he's gonna be in two movies this year that are serious and one of them could lead him to his first nomination

quan

Top 5 with highest possibility:
1. Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
2. Jack O'Connell – Unbroken
3. Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
4. Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. Christian Bale – Exudus
Top 5 with 2nd highest possibility
1. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
2. Oscar Isaac – A Most Violent Year
3. Ben Affleck – Gone girl
4. Michael Keaton – Birdman
5. Brat Pitt – Fury

And I suspect that Christoph Waltz's role in Big Eyes will be considered as Supporting role.

Hackman

Top 15:
1. Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
2. Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
3. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
4. Matthew McConaughey – Interstellar
5. Jack O'Connell – Unbroken

6. Ben Affleck – Gone Girl
7. Brad Pitt – Fury
8. Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
9. Christian Bale – Exodus
10. Robert Downey Jr. – The Judge

11. Oscar Isaac – A Most Violent Year
12. Michael Keaton – Birdman
13. Jeremy Renner – Kill the Messenger
14. Chadwick Boseman – Get On Up
15. Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

BOO

Ralph Fiennes? Yeah right.

Cristian P

I have a feeling that Steve Carell is going to win the Oscar. Just watching his performance in the very short trailer shows he has put a lot into this (a lot that we haven't seen before). It kind of reminds me of when I saw the teaser for Les Miserables and knew immediately that Anne Hathaway was going to take home an Oscar.

Harry

best actor indicated in my opinion:

Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jack O'Connell, Unbroken

Johnny Q

TOP 5:
Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)
Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar)
Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Jack O'Connell (Unbroken)

2ND TOP 5:
Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Ben Affleck (Gone Girl)
Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year)
Christian Bale (Exodus)
Brad Pitt (Fury)

POSSIBLES:
Robert Downey Jr. (The Judge)
Russell Crowe (Noah)
Tom Hardy (Child 44)
Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Tommy Lee Jones (The Homesman)
Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up)
Christian Bale (Knight of Cups)
Eddie Redmayne (Theory of Everything)
Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood)
Jeff Bridges (The Giver)
John Cusack (Love & Mercy)
Al Pacino (Imagine)
Robert Pattinson (Maps to the Stars)
Jeremy Renner (Kill the Messenger)
Bradley Cooper (Serena)
Jonah Hill (True Story)
Adams Sandler (Men, Women and Children)
Ben Stiller (While We're Young)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawlers)
Jude Law (Black Sea)
Jude Law (Dom Hemingway)
Adams Sandler (The Cobbler)
Johnny Depp (Transcendence)
Michael Fassbender (Frank)
Jon Favreau (Chef)
Tom Hardy (Locke)
Jesse Eisenberg (Night Moves)

Brett

Oh and also, Nicolas Cage for Joe!

Brett

Robin Williams looks good in Angriest Man in Brooklyn

Brett

If the Academy decided to nominate the major categories like this to 10 nominees like they did for Best Picture my picks would be:
1. Steve Carrell
2. Adam Sandler
3. Joaquin Phoenix
4. Christian Bale
5. Ralph Fiennes
6. Michael Keaton
7. Chadwick Boseman
8. Robert Downey Jr
9. Jeremy Renner
10. Oscar Isaac

Guy Jones

All Posible:
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Matthew McConaughey – Interstellar
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ben Affleck – Gone Girl
Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jack O'Connell – Unbroken
Willem Dafoe – A Most Wanted Man
Brad Pitt – Fury
Russell Crowe – Noah
Christian Bale – Exodus
Tom Hardy – Child 44
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Robert Downey Jr. – The Judge
Tommy Lee Jones – The Homesman
Oscar Isaac – A Most Violent Year
Chadwick Boseman – Get on Up
Christian Bale – Knight of Cups
Jeremy Renner – The Immigrant
Eddie Redmayne – Theory of Everything
Ellar Coltrane – Boyhood
Jeff Bridges – The Giver
John Cusack – Love & Mercy
Al Pacino – Imagine
Robert Pattinson – Maps to the Stars
Jeremy Renner – Kill the Messenger
Vincent Piazza – Jersey Boys
Bradley Cooper – Serena
Jonah Hill – True Story
Adam Sandler – Men, Women and Children
Ben Stiller – While We're Young
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Jude Law – Dom Hemingway
Jude Law – Black Sea
Nick Nolte – Always on my Mind
Jesse Eisenberg – Night Moves
Adam Sandler – The Cobbler
Jon Favreau – Chef
Johnny Depp – Transcendence
Andrew Garfield – 99 Homes
Michael Fassbender – Frank
Colin Firth – The Railway Man
Tom Hardy – Locke

Brian

don't forget:
Ansel Elgot "The Fault in Our Stars"
Michael Fassbender "Frank"
Ellar Salmon "Boyhood"

h

Zac Efron for Neighbors?

higdifygdi

TOP CONTENDERS
Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)
Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar)
Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher)
Jack O'Connell (Unbroken)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)

THEY LOOK AWESOME TOO:
-Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
-Ben Affleck (Gone Girl)
-Brad Pitt (Fury)
-Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year)
-Michael Keaton (Birdman)

Kali

I'm a little confused on these categories. I'm assuming everyone is a reasonable bet, but the "longer shots (but we really know nothing)" refers to the fact that there just isn't much press on those movies yet? TBH, Renner and Pitt are two of my top actors to watch; the former definitely has some good buzz around him already and is amongst the most recently snubbed. I also would not count on Carrell and Waltz on not going supporting just yet. I think Carrell looks amazing in the trailer but, (just like Cumberbach and the imitation game), I'm worried about the hype. If if gets too high, it's almost impossible for any performance to live up to the expectations, and Carrell's is through the roof already. While it is reasonable to assume Phoenix would be a slam dunk for an oscar nom too, the only thing that gives me a little caution is that the character he is playing seems to be extremely oscar-unfriendly. I'd love to see it happen anyway though!

Strong Contenders:

Chadwick Bosmen
Oscar Issac
Brad Pitt
Jeremy Renner
Timothy Spall

Reasonable Bets:

Steve Carrell (if lead)
Benedict Cumberbach
Joaquin Phoenix
Ralph Fiennes (for times sake only)
Jack O'Donnell
Etc.

Brett

Also what about Russell Crowe as Noah, btw Christoph Waltz is most likely supporting

Brett

What about Arnold for Maggie? From what I can tell it's gonna be different from his other roles

Brett

What about Robert Pattinson for Life?

ii

Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Matthew McConaughey – Interstellar
Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
Jack O'Connell – Unbroken
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Brett

What about Adam Sandler for The Cobbler or Men, women, and Children?

Max

My First Predictions:

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Oscar Isaac – A Most Violent Year
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Jack O'Connell – Unbroken
Jeremy Renner – Kill the Messenger

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