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November 14, 2013 2:01 PM
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5 More Actors With More Than One Shot At Oscar This Year, From Tom Hanks To Matthew McConaughey

Amy Adams

Films: "American Hustle," "Her"

Categories: Lead, Supporting

Very few people have seen "Her," and no one has seen "American Hustle." Yet that shouldn't stop buzz from building around the oft-nominated Amy Adams for her roles in both films. This year's Lois Lane has racked up an astounding four supporting actress nominations before reaching age 40 with her latest coming just last year for "The Master." She's teaming with Joaquin Phoenix again in Spike Jonze's "Her," but her role couldn't be more different. Look for her ever-increasing range to help her score votes, but we won't have a great idea of her status until more eyes have access to her work.

Could she do it? Absolutely, but she would have to fight her way into the lead category for one of the films (most likely "American Hustle" considering Scarlett Johansson's voice gets more screentime than Adams in "Her"). That's not an easy task. It feels like Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") and Sandra Bullock ("Gravity") are already in a two-way race for Oscar, and Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, and Judi Dench are already very strong contenders to round out the five slots. For better or worse, this all could change once we see "American Hustle." Until then, here's hoping she can earn "Her" movie one more nod. 

Leonardo DiCaprio

Films: "The Wolf of Wall Street," "The Great Gatsby"

Categories: Lead (both)

Oh, how I want to say Leo isn't a dark horse for "The Great Gatsby." Love or hate Baz Luhrmann's vivacious interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel (hey - it wasn't half as glitzy as "Moulin Rouge!"), everyone could agree DiCaprio's Gatsby was something to behold. His star turn alone earns him consideration while his unique ability to be nervous and commanding simultaneously carried the character off the page and into our hearts. Still, despite earning enough money to impress even Jay-Z, "The Great Gatsby" has lost most of the little buzz it had upon its release back in May. Most voters were soured by the film, and those lingering negative vibes can spoil even a great actor's best efforts. 

The lack of buzz around DiCaprio in "Gatsby" is also probably on purpose. "The Wolf of Wall Street" just feels like a safer bet, right? Doesn't it feel appropriate for DiCaprio to take home his first Oscar for a film he made with longtime collaborator Martin Scorsese (though he did also make "Romeo + Juliet" with Luhrmann)? No one has seen "Wolf" either, but much like Jonah Hill's large teeth have earned him early buzz, so has Leo's ability to pop and lock. Seriously, though, Scorsese's latest looks like another "role of a lifetime" for DiCaprio. It's positioned nicely for a late season run with its Christmas Day release, and DiCaprio will benefit from the positive reviews he earned for "Gatsby." I hate to say it, old sport, but it will take one helluva performance in "Wolf" for Leo to break into the Best Actor race and a damn miracle for him in for "Gatsby."

Christian Bale

Films: "American Hustle," "Out of the Furnace"

Categories: Lead (both)

"Out of the Furnace" made its premiere earlier this week at AFI Fest with more of a whimper than a bang. Bale earned a few rave reviews, but the film was greeted with the equivalent of a participation trophy from critics who admired its intentions while faulting the execution. While he's still a contender, Bale needed "Out of the Furnace" to go over well as a whole for him to have a legitimate shot at busting into the Best Actor race. Now he'll have to rely on a box office bump and a surprise nominations day announcement, both of which are unlikely scenarios for the Oscar winner.

Another issue facing Bale would be vote splitting. He's undoubtedly the lead in "Out of the Furnace," and he's being touted as the lead in "American Hustle" as well. As we've gone over already, no one has seen "American Hustle" which makes it hard to judge whether or not he's a threat to sneak into the final field of five. That being said, there are two films left to be screened that could still run the table come Oscar night: "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street." If "American Hustle" proves to be on that level, Bale could find himself scoring his second nomination for a David O. Russell film--and, rather shockingly, his second nomination ever.


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12 Comments

  • Pau | November 19, 2013 7:24 PMReply

    Not one actor of color?

  • Jim Smith | November 15, 2013 10:52 AMReply

    Best actor: Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
    Best supporting actor: Tom Hanks, Saving Mr. Banks

  • Lucy Bredeson-Smith | November 15, 2013 10:15 AMReply

    Best actor - Tom Hanks
    Best supporting actor - Tom Hanks

  • KEYSER SOZE | November 15, 2013 12:03 AMReply

    Josh Brolin
    best actor ---------OldBoy
    best supp actor ---Labor Day

  • JACK NAPIER | November 15, 2013 12:02 AMReply

    Fassbender

    best actor ----------the counselor
    best supp actor ----12 years a slave

  • BERNIE ROSE | November 15, 2013 12:00 AMReply

    ryan gosling

    best actor ------- only god forgives
    best supp actor - the place beyond the pines

  • BOBBY SANDS | November 14, 2013 11:58 PMReply

    Dane DeHaan
    best actor - place beyond the pines
    best supp actor - kill your darlings

    Bradley Cooper
    best supp actor - american hustle
    best actor - place beyond the pines

  • Steven Ball | November 14, 2013 5:51 PMReply

    Jay-Z probably has a better chance of getting an Oscar for Gatsby than Leonardo. His musical score is flawless and adds considerably to the beauty of the film. Leonardo is given the full movie star treatment in Gatsby but doesn't always translates into acting awards. Gary Grant was the ultimate movie star and never got an Oscar.

  • STEVEN BALL | November 14, 2013 6:00 PM

    I checked with IMDb & Cary Grant did a get an honorary Oscar in 1970 "for his unique mastery of the art of screen acting with the respect and affection of his colleagues." He was also nominated for lead actor twice in the 1940s'

  • THOR | November 14, 2013 5:35 PMReply

    "since technically an actor can't be nominated twice in the same category"
    What? Since when?

  • Luis | November 20, 2013 8:37 PM

    The rule since the nomination of Barry Fitzgerald for "Going My Way" is that an actor can't be nominated for the same performance in two different acting categories. Though an actor could be nominated in the same category for different movies. I guess it's up to the productions decide to campaign for it.

  • MIRANDA PRIESTLY | November 15, 2013 12:01 AM

    @ THOR

    since barry fitzgerald in 'Going My Way'