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February 23, 2014 10:02 AM
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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 announced.

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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377 Comments

  • JD | March 2, 2014 1:56 PMReply

    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 | February 28, 2014 1:55 PMReply

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

  • Varun | February 27, 2014 11:25 AMReply

    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.

  • KH | February 27, 2014 10:56 AMReply

    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????

  • dktamux | March 1, 2014 3:13 PM

    I'm guessing that, once people saw 12 Years a Slave, the pandering nonsense of The Butler became all the more apparent. It's as tacky a big-budget film has ever been made... though it would have been nice to see a director who openly cites John Waters as his inspiration win Best Director.

  • karen labanca | February 27, 2014 7:19 AMReply

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

  • simon | February 26, 2014 8:08 PMReply

    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!

  • dktamux | March 1, 2014 3:11 PM

    Are you DeCaprio's publicist? It was a good performance, but "the best [you] have ever seen"? Please. It wasn't even the best performance he's ever given. It's the least deserving of the nominees this year, actually.

  • Naince | February 26, 2014 8:54 AMReply

    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.

  • nadine | February 26, 2014 3:04 AMReply

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

  • Nick | February 25, 2014 7:35 PMReply

    LEO LEO LEO LEO LEO LEO LEO LEO LEO!!!!!!!!!!!!



    That is all

  • Bob F | February 25, 2014 6:06 PMReply

    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...

  • Moe | February 24, 2014 11:36 AMReply

    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.

  • Green | February 23, 2014 9:59 AMReply

    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.

  • M. | February 22, 2014 12:49 AMReply

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

  • CJ | February 21, 2014 11:55 AMReply

    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. | February 18, 2014 2:32 PMReply

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

  • BOO | February 17, 2014 9:35 PMReply

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

  • G | February 14, 2014 10:32 PMReply

    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.

  • Jay | February 23, 2014 1:51 AM

    Although he was good, Michael B. Jordan's performance didn't even compare to Chiwetel's performance.

  • Me | February 21, 2014 5:52 PM

    The fact that you mention race proves your bigtory. You imply no black man could EVER be worthy on merit.....prick!

  • Denny J | February 14, 2014 5:27 PMReply

    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.

  • Sean | February 13, 2014 4:17 PMReply

    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.

  • g | February 14, 2014 10:41 PM

    Nebraska was a really good movie, they don't make them very often. This year I thought two others really stood out, Inside Llewyn Davis and Fruitvale Station. The Academy obviously disagrees.

  • HKAZ | February 13, 2014 12:04 PMReply

    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.

  • Me | February 21, 2014 5:53 PM

    Leo never won an Oscar....and? Jimi Hendrix or Led Zeppelin never won a Grammy.
    Leo has already made it in Hollywood, he doesn't need it.
    McConaughey ALWAYS has the Southern Red-neck accent in his films.
    Chiwetel Ejiofor should win, but I bet Bruce Dern will win :/

  • M | February 16, 2014 3:06 AM

    Actually, this category is the easiest to predict based on precursor awards. When someone sweeps the precursor, the Oscar usually goes to him. Last time, it didn't was in 2001 (Crowe vs Washington). Even if there was a split, it usually goes to one of them 2003 (Penn vs Murray), 2008 (Penn vs Rourke). So it's 99.9% to McConaughey at this point.

  • Jay | February 13, 2014 2:41 AMReply

    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.

  • Green | February 17, 2014 4:52 PM

    I agree 100%, and I too will dread Matthew's speech if he wins (I nearly cringed when he accepted the Golden Globe).

  • Korana | February 11, 2014 12:56 PMReply

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

  • Me | February 21, 2014 5:55 PM

    Did you watch ALL 5 movies?

  • benxpete | February 11, 2014 10:55 AMReply

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

  • Timbo | February 11, 2014 9:51 AMReply

    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

  • Nicholas Guy | February 13, 2014 12:26 AM

    I don't want the academy to do it but they do. And I think they will do it for Leo. And anyway I think Leo deserves it. He is soooo good.

  • nic | February 10, 2014 4:19 PMReply

    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.

  • Adaiah | February 19, 2014 5:02 PM

    Exactly! JP is an amazing actor. He should have received his fourth nomination for Her. He is one of the best -if not the best- actors of his generation. But the Academy seems to be still mad at him for last year's comments.

  • Pato | February 10, 2014 9:06 AMReply

    Matthew McConaughey, the best!!!

  • Me | February 21, 2014 5:56 PM

    McConaughey ALWAYS has the Southern Red-neck accent in his films.
    Chiwetel Ejiofor should win, but I bet Bruce Dern will win :/

  • CJ | February 21, 2014 11:53 AM

    He was nominated last year, so I don't think last years comments effected him this year. It truly was a very crowded year.

  • Kyle Wells | February 10, 2014 6:26 AMReply

    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

  • Brian | February 7, 2014 11:19 PMReply

    we get it. you liked Inside Lleywn Davis.

  • nic | February 10, 2014 4:17 PM

    yeah right? I don't get it. I'm a big Cohen brothers fan and found it really disappointing.

  • K MUTHU KUMAR | February 7, 2014 11:47 AMReply

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

  • Kyle Wells | February 10, 2014 6:24 AM

    Wow, that would be the most shocking and most critical moment of the year

  • Kris | February 7, 2014 10:14 AMReply

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

  • re | February 7, 2014 1:21 AMReply

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

  • Tejnoor | February 6, 2014 11:50 PMReply

    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.

  • Tejnoor | March 17, 2014 8:59 PM

    I'm sorry. I never saw your response earlier. I have no problem with black people. The reason I brought it up is because I have frequently heard it mentioned over the last year. "A year of the black actors."
    Denzel, Morgan Freeman, Whitaker, Jamie Foxx, Idris Elba... are all fabulous actors and favourites of mine. I have no problem with black people whatsoever.
    But perhaps I shouldn't have brought it up as a factor. My mistake. I just wanted to hear other opinions as to whether people think that portraying acceptance has/had anything to do with the results.

  • Me | February 21, 2014 5:58 PM

    " But stop focusing so much on colour and focus more on who actually delivered a greater performance."

    You are the one who mentioned race, No one else has. Maybe you just don't like black people.

  • g | February 14, 2014 10:37 PM

    Michael B Jordan was worlds better, the problem is Fruitvale Station isn't a period romance, and the only roles black people are allowed to play and be recognized for are period romances. Racism is so behind us, except for when it obviously isn't because whitey needs to sleep at night. And whitey sleeping soundly in their oversized suburban home is what matters most.

  • Dan | February 7, 2014 11:02 AM

    I'm literally so moved by his performance even a month after seeing the film.

  • Dan | February 7, 2014 11:02 AM

    So lets focus on Chiwetel Ejiofor because it was the best performance of the year?

  • Nicholas Guy | February 6, 2014 6:43 AMReply

    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.

  • Green | February 9, 2014 10:02 AM

    Totally agree!

  • NN | February 4, 2014 11:03 AMReply

    Leooo

  • Louric Rankine | January 31, 2014 12:55 AMReply

    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.

  • Kyle Wells | February 10, 2014 6:36 AM

    The year before, Benicio Del Toro won for Outstanding Performance at the SAG over Crowe, Tom "left out this year even though he was the top contender" Hanks won for Best Actor Drama at the GGA over Crowe, and Jamie Bell won for Best Actor at the BAFTA over Crowe. But then one night, Crowe won. And which night was it, oh yeah, the f*ckin Academy Awards. Remember that ? Remember when everyone wanted Hanks to win ?

  • Nick | February 4, 2014 12:18 AM

    You obviously aren't a fan of McConaughey.

  • Louric Rankine | January 30, 2014 8:59 PMReply

    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.

  • Me | February 21, 2014 6:12 PM

    McConaughey ALWAYS has the Southern Red-neck accent in his films.
    Chiwetel Ejiofor should win, but I bet Bruce Dern will win :/

  • Kate | February 7, 2014 5:14 PM

    completely and utterly agree with you. I expected McCanaughey to give a brilliant performance based on the awards he's been getting but I was so underwhelmed by his performance. He loses weight, and he's not very charming in the film. That's the reason to give him an Oscar? Dicaprio is certainly more deserving based on his body of work, however his performance in WOWS is way too bombastic and completely devoid of subtetly. It's a kind of 'look at what a great actor I am' performance. Ultimately Chiwetel deserves to win for it was the most AUTHENTIC and moving performance.

  • Ivan | January 29, 2014 3:15 AMReply

    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

  • Jay | January 28, 2014 1:11 PMReply

    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 | January 27, 2014 7:30 PMReply

    Sorry, but: Shoulda been here - Joaquin Phoenix

  • Batts | February 6, 2014 10:39 AM

    Yeah, right! he was very good. Maybe good enough to win an oscar!

  • nino | February 1, 2014 8:10 PM

    oh my god you are right why the f*ck isn't he nominated

  • Allen Oster | January 26, 2014 10:07 PMReply

    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 | January 25, 2014 10:41 PMReply

    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.

  • CJ | February 21, 2014 12:03 PM

    So what if he didn't change his accent? (Yes thats not one of his strong suites) But his charter was from Texas. There's more that goes into acting than changing your accent, (ant again, the role here didn't call for him to) and he nailed it in this movie.

  • Loed | January 24, 2014 9:44 PMReply

    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!

  • Mickey Sheahan | February 3, 2014 10:30 PM

    Dicaprio's performance was one of the most brilliant acting jobs I have ever seen. McConaughey showed emotion and texas action. We've seen all of that before, Dicaprio was electric, funny, and horrifying all at the same time. Dicaprio deserves this win.

  • Celtigar | January 23, 2014 3:20 PMReply

    Oscar should go to Chris.

  • Papalucho | January 23, 2014 5:47 AMReply

    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...

  • Figi | January 22, 2014 9:59 AMReply

    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!!!!

  • TONY KAYE | January 21, 2014 7:34 PMReply

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

  • TONY KAYE | January 21, 2014 7:32 PMReply

    MATHEW McCONAUGHEY; FOR ANYONE WHO REALLY UNDERSTANDS THE DEEPER CRAFT OF ACTING ALREADY KNOWS UNCONDITIONALLY THAT THERE IS NO COULDA, SHOULDA, MIGHTA, BE A, SOLDIER, SAILOR, RICH MAN, POOR MAN BEGGAR MAN THIEF... HAS ALREADY WON THE F***ING THING. BECAUSE HIS PERFORMANCE IN THE DALLAS BUYERS CLUB WAS SO BRILLIANT AND SO INCREDIBLE AND SO HEARTFELT AND REAL AND DESPERATE AND SPECTACULAR AND TRUTHFUL. Please just congratulate him and stop this silly conversation! MAZELTOV MATHEW.

  • TONY KAYE | January 21, 2014 7:29 PMReply

    MATHEW McCONAUGHEY; FOR ANYONE WHO REALLY UNDERSTANDS THE DEEPER CRAFT OF ACTING ALREADY KNOWS UNCONDITIONALLY THAT THERE IS NO COULDA, SHOULDA, MIGHTA, BE A, SOLDIER, SAILOR, RICH MAN, POOR MAN BEGGAR MAN THIEF... HAS ALREADY WON THE F***ING THING. BECAUSE HIS PERFORMANCE IN THE DALLAS BUYERS WAS SO BRILLIANT AND SO INCREDIBLE AND SO HEARTFELT AND REAL AND DESPERATE AND SPECTACULAR AND TRUTHFUL. Please just congratulate him and stop this silly conversation! MAZELTOV MATHEW.

  • CJ | February 21, 2014 12:05 PM

    ^Like and Re-Tweet

  • KissFromFrance | January 20, 2014 2:19 PMReply

    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 !

  • Janie | January 18, 2014 9:23 PMReply

    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.

  • ADLER | January 20, 2014 3:25 PM

    You think McConaughey and Eijofor gave the best performances. Fine. Other people think DiCaprio was better. Should they not want him to win because he has been nominated before - the first time 20 years ago - and has an "awesome career"? Don't you think Peter O'Toole would have traded his many nominations for one win?

  • gm7284 | January 18, 2014 3:35 PMReply

    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.

  • ADLER | January 20, 2014 3:38 PM

    *cracks*

  • ADLER | January 20, 2014 3:37 PM

    I think you are wrong, actually. I don't think there are thousands upon thousands performances as good as the one's that are up for Oscars. Sure, some great performances fall through the tracks, but really, really talented actors get discovered. And the Oscar nominees are usually really, really talented.

    I live in another country and our best actors are not in the same league as Streep, DiCaprio, Dench or Phoenix.

  • me | January 19, 2014 8:30 PM

    I like the way u think.

  • Brett | January 15, 2014 4:52 PMReply

    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

  • Marcy | January 14, 2014 3:01 PMReply

    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.

  • Brett | January 15, 2014 3:24 PM

    What makes you think they would give it to Leo for sticking a candle up his ass?

  • John | January 14, 2014 11:16 AMReply

    Come on! Be brave.
    Mads Mikkelsen from The Hunt

  • Glenn | January 12, 2014 9:52 AMReply

    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

  • Dylan | January 11, 2014 1:59 PMReply

    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
    Michael B. Jordan - FRUITVALE STATION
    Oscar Issac - INSIDE LLEYWN DAVIS

  • bill | January 24, 2014 9:44 AM

    From the trailers? Seriously?

  • ash | January 10, 2014 10:07 AMReply

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

  • Anthony D. | January 9, 2014 11:31 PMReply

    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.

  • JD | January 9, 2014 11:13 PMReply

    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.

  • 3 | January 9, 2014 8:59 PMReply

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

  • Mélissa | January 9, 2014 6:52 PMReply

    His name is Chiwetel Ejiofor, not Ejiofer

  • Mexicano | January 9, 2014 9:06 AMReply

    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.