While the odds-on favorite for the best picture this year is “The Artist,” the field is varied and less predictable the best actor (and best actress) category. In this field we have two of America’s most popular heartthrobs, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, for their performances in “The Decendants” and “Moneyball” respectively. Now Clooney has the edge here, having already won a Golden Globe for his turn as an absentee dad forced to start parenting his daughters when tragedy strikes. “Moneyball” was critically acclaimed and loved by audiences, but Pitt’s performance, while nomination-worthy, will not take home the gold.
The Englishman, Gary Oldman who has been greatly lauded for his performance in the remake of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” had never been nominated for an Academy Award despite his amazing performances over the years, and many say he should take home the prize. The handicap here is Oldman’s film has not had the acclaim and publicity of “The Artist” which give the Frenchman, Jean Dujardin the competitive edge. Not to mention, like Clooney, Dujardin also received a Golden Globe for his performance, so most say it’s a race to the finish for these two.
Rounding out the field is Demian Bichir, nominated for his portrayal as an illegal immigrant trying to make a better life for himself and his family. Many believe Bichir, who is the first native Mexican to be nominated for an Oscar since Anthony Quinn, is a huge longshot against the others. Best known in the U.S. for his portrayal of the druglord love interest in “Weeds,” the nomination means will will be seeing more of Bichir in the future. Again, since his film, “A Better Life,” like Oldman’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” didn’t pack firepower at the boxoffice and that usually means their performances may be overlooked by many of the Academy voters.
So, this blogger thinks it’s down to a two horse race, with Clooney and Dujardin neck and neck. But could there be could be a possible upset with Gary Oldman? Or could Brad Pitt or Demian Bichir become the huge upset of the evening?
We’ll find out soon enough as the actors’ race for the Academy Award will be decided this Sunday. Who do you think will take home the coveted prize?