My initial 2021 Oscar predictions arrives at Best Actor. If you missed my posts regarding the supporting players, you can find them here:
For the 2020 ceremony, my earliest projections in Best Actor yielded two correct picks: winner Anthony Hopkins (The Father) and Gary Oldman (Mank). Steven Yeun (Minari) was listed in other possibilities. I had Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) in the top five for Actor, but he ended up going supporting and won in that race. On the flip side, I had Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) originally projected in supporting and he went lead. The only player in the quintet not mentioned at first was Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal).
Let’s get to it with the first take where all five of my initial nominees are either past nominees (Cumberbatch, Driver, Smith) or winners (Bale, Washington).
EARLY OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST ACTOR
Christian Bale, Canterbury Glass
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
Adam Driver, House of Gucci
Will Smith, King Richard
Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth
Clifton Collins Jr., Jockey
Bradley Cooper, Nightmare Alley
Matt Damon, Stillwater
Leonardo DiCaprio, Don’t Look Up
Peter Dinklage, Cyrano
Adam Driver, Annette
Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick… Boom!
Cooper Hoffman, Soggy Bottom
Amir Jadidi, A Hero
Joaquin Phoenix, C’Mon C’Mon
Best Actress is up next!