For Your Consideration: Best Actor in a Leading Role
We are three weeks into our current blog series, where we are breaking down the nominees from different Academy Award categories. The first week we looked at the nominees for Best Original Song, and last week we looked at the nominees for Best in Directing. In addition to our breakdowns, each week we have also included our prediction on who will win the category, although we are thoroughly prepared to be wrong about those. So, this week we are going to look at the nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Admittedly, once again we won’t be able to talk about one of the nominees, but regardless, we will power through.
So, let’s break down the nominees and what led to their nominations.
1) Christian Bale, Vice
I have no problem understanding how Christian Bale received a nomination in this category, and he is utterly unrecognizable as Dick Cheney in Vice. Bale completely transformed physically for this part, and it shows in his look, his mannerisms, and even his voice. Of course, it’s not just his physical transformation that brought him the nomination. Bale gives a great performance as the quiet, strong political player, and every interaction with Adams, Carell, and Rockwell only highlights this.
2) Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
We recently rewatched A Star is Born, and I was reminded of how great Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga were in this film. Cooper shines during every scene with Lady Gaga, and his musical performances were just as equally as impressive. He captures the emotional highs and lows of the character, and in my opinion, this is one of the best performances of his career.
3) Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Well, here is that one nominee that we cannot say much about because we have yet to see the film. However, Dafoe has been getting rave reviews in this performance as Vincent van Gogh in his later years. We might have had a chance to see it before this particular blog post, but we cannot wait to watch it.
4) Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
While many people seem to have mixed reactions about Bohemian Rhapsody, I think everyone can agree on the fantastic performance from Rami Malek. Malek completely disappears in his portrayal of Mercury, and while he might not have performed the vocals, he captures the essence of Mercury’s stage presence and his overall approach to music. This is particularly evident during the Live Aid concert sequence, which looks astoundingly like the actual footage.
Also, Malek hits on every emotional moment in the film, and he definitely makes the film worth watching.
5) Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Green Book has encountered some controversy since its release, but the film received a lot of love early in the awards season. Both Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali give astounding performances, so it’s no surprise to see Mortensen on this list. He, too, disappears during his performance as Vallelonga, and he delivers on the heart and humor associated with the role.
Since we have given some thoughts on each nominee, who do we think will take the category?
Our Pick: At the end of the day, I think the category will go to either Christian Bale or Rami Malek. These two have each seen some major wins this award season, which is what makes them both strong contenders. However, I think that Rami Malek will end up taking it in the end for his incredible performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
So, stay tuned next week as we discuss the nominees from another Oscars category!
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.