Wednesday, December 14, 2011

SAG Nominees: Best Actor in a Leading Role

My predictions: 4/5
Who’s missing: Woody Harrelson (Rampart), Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Michael Fassbender (Shame), Michael Shannon (Take Shelter), Ryan Gosling (Drive), Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March)

This category had an alphabetical surprise right off the bat, with Demian Bichir (A Better Life), best known in the USA for his performances in “Weeds” and “Che.” This is a big get for him, and a reminder to me that I need to see this film, which has been on DVD since October. He still has to face off against all of the above-listed contenders, but a Golden Globe nod tomorrow will help. The rest of the list is fairly expected, starting with Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), whose nomination was far from guaranteed at this point. Rounding out the list, we have certifiable locks George Clooney (The Descendants), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), and Brad Pitt (Moneyball).

Who could win? It’ll be tough, but I think that DiCaprio or Dujardin might take it home.

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