My run through of the first 2019 Oscar predictions on the blog continues with Best Actor! If you happened to miss my calls on the lead Actress and supporting races, you can peruse them here:
As mentioned before, these are the pre festival projections. When dozens of anticipated titles begin to screen starting later this week, expect everything to come into a considerably sharper focus. In my Supporting Actor entry, I pointed out that there is uncertainty as to whether Tom Hanks will be placed there or in lead for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. I am listing the two time winner as a possibility in both.
In 2018, these initial estimates for Actor yielded 2 out of the eventual 5 nominees – Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born and Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate. In my ten other possibilities, I correctly named Christian Bale in Vice and eventual winner Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody.
Let’s see those first predictions, shall we?
EARLY OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST ACTOR
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Robert De Niro, The Irishman
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Timothee Chalamet, The King
Matt Damon, Ford v Ferrari
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Michael B. Jordan, Just Mercy
Daniel Kaluuya, Queen and Slim
Ian McKellen, The Good Liar
Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Mark Ruffalo, Dark Waters
Best Director is up next!