We have now arrived at Best Actor for my earliest 2017 Oscar predictions! At first glance, this appears to be potentially loaded with heavy hitters. This includes Gary Oldman going for his first Oscar as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, Daniel Day-Lewis going for his fourth (!) in Phantom Thread, and Tom Hanks going for #3 in The Papers. We also have Hugh Jackman in what could be a show stopping role as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman and Joaquin Phoenix in his already screened and acclaimed performance for You Were Never Really Here.
This is addition to several other very recognizable names listed as possibilities. Bottom line: Best Actor looks packed in 2017 and here’s my initial projections:
TODD’S EARLY OSCAR PREDICTIONS – BEST ACTOR
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks, The Papers
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here
Chadwick Boseman, Marshall
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Timothee Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Matt Damon, Downsizing
Andrew Garfield, Breathe
Jake Gyllenhaal, Stronger
Domhnall Gleeson, Goodbye Christopher Robin
Liam Neeson, Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House
Robert Redford, Our Souls at Night
Denzel Washington, Roman Israel Esq.
Best Director is next, folks!