The Nominees: Demian Bichir in A Better Life; George Clooney in The Descendants; Jean Dujardin in The Artist; Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; Brad Pitt in Moneyball
Really, it’s not a terrible batch of nominees. Granted, I don’t think that this category has managed to get a near faultless slate of nominees over the last decade with the exception of 2003; but this slate of leading actors is particularly interesting because they’re all the complete leads of their films. Even if you think Bejo is a lead performer in The Artist, all five men are responsible for all the emotional cruxes and decisive climaxes in their category. We’ve got three of them coming from Best Picture nominees (last year we had four). And, maybe or maybe not incidentally, those three are the ones who seem to have the most heat.
Demian Bichir in A Better Life
George Clooney in The Descendants
Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt in Moneyball
Prediction: Jean Dujardin
Alternate: Brad Pitt
I still don’t quite think Jean will win, and yet none of the others seem to be likely winners. It is what is.
What do you think? Dujardin or bust?