Friday, January 19, 2018

SAG Winner Predictions: Best Male Actor in a Leading Role

The competition: Timothée Chalamet’s bright-eyed vacationer (Call Me By Your Name), James Franco’s wacky filmmaker (The Disaster Artist), Daniel Kaluuya’s cautious boyfriend (Get Out), Gary Oldman’s prime minister (Darkest Hour), and Denzel J. Washington’s old-school lawyer (Roman J. Israel, Esq).

For your information: Washington has been nominated five times before for his film work, winning this award last year for “Fences.” Oldman was nominated in 2000 for “The Contender,” and Franco was previously up for “127 Hours” and TV movie “James Dean.” This is the first nomination for both Chalamet and Kaluuya, who is the only one also nominated as part of his ensemble.

Who should win? I think that Oldman towers above the rest here, though Franco was decidedly very good and both Chalamet and Kaluuya also turned in fine performances.

Who will win? I don’t see anyone other than Oldman taking it home.

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