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. 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 “Vice,” 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. Lists are in alphabetical order.
Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”)
Timothée Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)
Sam Elliott (“A Star is Born”)
Russell Hornsby (“The Hate U Give”)
Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther”)
Steve Carell (“Vice”)
Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)
Josh Hamilton (“Eighth Grade”)
Jonah Hill (“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”)
Stephan James (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Daniel Kaluuya (“Widows”)