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.” Master actor Josh Hamilton nurtures his awkward tween daughter in “Eighth Grade.” Russell Hornsby tries to protect his teenage daughter Starr (Amandla Stenberg) in “The Hate U Give.” 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).
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. And keep an eye out for John C. Reilly as a beleaguered hit man in the wild west west in “The Sisters Brothers.”
Remember, no film is deemed a frontrunner until I have seen it.
Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Jonah Hill (“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”)
Josh Hamilton (“Eighth Grade”)
Russell Hornsby (“The Hate U Give”)
Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther”)
Steve Carell (“Backseat”)
Timothée Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)
Russell Crowe (“Boy Erased”)
Joel Edgerton (“Boy Erased”)
Matthew McConaughey (“White Boy Rick”)
Sam Rockwell (“Backseat”)
Kyle Chandler (“First Man”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Casey Affleck (“The Old Man and the Gun”)
Stephan James (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Alex Wolff (“Hereditary”)