At this point, many are ready to hand the Oscar to “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan, given Killmonger’s status as the most layered Marvel villain thus far.
While last year brought the battle of the mothers at the Oscars, a series of fathers could compete in 2019. Matthew McConaughey plays the father of the youngest FBI informant ever in “White Boy Rick.” Steve Carell is the beleaguered dad of a young drug addict (Timothée Chalamet) in “Beautiful Boy.” In “Boy Erased,” Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman are the Baptist parents of an outed gay teen (Lucas Hedges) who battles his conversion therapist (writer-director Joel Edgerton).
It will be the battle of the Scorsese vets in “The Irishman,” as Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino vie for supremacy in more ways than one.
Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell could be back in the race as George W. Bush in Adam McKay’s “Backseat,” unless Steve Carell turns out to be a 2019 triple threat as Donald Rumsfeld.
Remember, no film is deemed a frontrunner until I have seen it.
Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther”)
Steve Carell (“Backseat”)
Timothée Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)
Russell Crowe (“Boy Erased”)
Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Joel Edgerton (“Boy Erased”)
Harvey Keitel (“The Irishman”)
Matthew McConaughey (“White Boy Rick”)
Al Pacino (“The Irishman”)
Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)
Sam Rockwell (“Backseat”)
Jeff Bridges (“Bad Times at the El Royale”)
Kyle Chandler (“First Man”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Casey Affleck (“The Old Man and the Gun”)
Jonah Hill (“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”)
Stephan James (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Daniel Kaluuya (“Widows”)
John C. Reilly (“The Sisters Brothers”)