There’s some heated competition in the Best Actor category at this year’s Academy Awards, and it has been tough to place a frontrunner. With authorized Oscar betting in New Jersey this season, here is a rundown of the nominees and evaluation of the likelihood to win.
Sportsbook Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) Christian Bale (Vice) Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate)
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RAMI MALEK (BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY)
American celebrity Rami Malek’s breakthrough role came as computer hacker Elliot Alderson from the USA Network television show Mr. Robot (2015–present). You might also know him for his supporting role on the HBO miniseries, The Pacific, and his voiceover work in video games such as Until the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman. Now, the celebrity will forever be connected to Queen’s charismatic frontman, Freddie Mercury, after portraying him in Bryan Singer’s biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Bohemian Rhapsody has become a player on the awards circuit, winning Best Motion Picture — Drama and making Best Picture nominations from the Producers Guild and the Academy. Malek has got several accolades along the way as well, including Best Actor — Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. Since 2004, SAG and the Academy have aligned 13 occasions, which makes Malek the favored here. But he has some solid competition from another actor portraying a historical figure, Christian Bale as Dick Cheney at Vice.
KEY AWARDS FOR RAMI MALEK
Golden Globes: Best Actress — Drama
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
CHRISTIAN BALE (VICE)
Best known for his iconic portrayal as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy along with his unforgettable performances in movies like American Psycho, The Fighter, and American Hustle, Christian Bale is one of the best actors working today. His main career nominations include four Academy awards (one win), four British Academy Film Awards, four Golden Globe awards (two wins) and seven Screen Actors Guild awards (two wins).
Having a Best Actor — Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award for his remarkable turn as Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s Vice, Bale was looking like a lock for the Best Actor trophy, however Malek’s win at the SAG awards provides the Bohemian Rhapsody star the lead. Nonetheless, there’s a risk that the controversy surrounding Singer and his Queen biopic could hurt Malek’s opportunities and depart Bale, a notorious method actor who gained 46 pounds to play the former vice president, in prime position to snag his first Best Actor Oscar.
KEY AWARDS FOR CHRISTIAN BALE
Golden Globes: Best Actress — Comedy or Musical
BRADLEY COOPER (A STAR IS BORN)
Philadelphia-born actor Bradley Cooper is known for his work in films like The Hangover (2009), Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Cooper has been nominated for a total of four Academy Awards, becoming the 10th actor to get an Oscar nomination in three successive years (2013, 2014, 2015).
As a producer, director, screenwriter and star of A Star is Born, Cooper has earned received a lot of accolades alongside his co-star, Lady Gaga. Besides being chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the Top 10 Films of 2018, A Star is Born made five Golden Globe nominations and eight Oscar nominations, including:
Very best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Best Original Song
To create his character’s musical style, Cooper took guitar, piano and voice classes for six weeks to learn how to perform and sing as blues-rock megastar Jackson Maine. It’s a great performance, possibly the best of his career, but sadly it seems that Cooper — A Star is Born — is losing steam as the Oscar race comes to an end. By the way, it is extremely rare for a filmmaker to direct themselves to a Best Actor win — it’s only happened twice in the history of the Academy Awards.
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