Christian Bale, American Hustle
You know, when Christian Bale — who was phenomenal in American Hustle — is considered the “weakest” nominee in the pool, it just shows you how tight the Best Actor race is this year.
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
I just really wanted Bruce Dern to get to Nebraska. How hard would it have been to just drive him to Nebraska in the first place? I wish this movie had come out in another year because I really want Bruce Dern to win for this performance but it’s so unlikely.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Wolf of Wall Street
Listen, nobody wants Leo to win an Oscar more than this lady. Let’s not talk about all those phenomenal performances that should’ve banked him Oscars: Titanic, Revolutionary Road, The Aviator… the list goes on. Leo is the snubbiest snub who was ever snubbed.
While I will be elated if he wins on Sunday night (read: bouncing off the freakin’ walls and getting a noise complaint) and thought Leo was amazing in The Wolf of Wall Street, I just don’t see it happening this year.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
So powerful. I so want Chiwetel Ejiofor to win.
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
But I also won’t be disappointed if Matthew McConaughey wins. This is a completely transformative performance, not just in terms of physical appearance but also in the way we look at Matthew McConnaughey. Who would’ve guessed that the guy from How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days would be thisclose to an Oscar?
Will Win: Matthew McConaughey
Should Win: Four-way tie between McConaughey, Chiwetel, Leo and Bruce. Imagine the fallout from that.
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