Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Oscar Nominees: Best Actor in a Leading Role

My predictions: 5/5
My ballot: Coming soon
The nominees: Javier Bardem, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, Will Smith, Denzel Washington 

For the second year in a row, this category replicates the exact SAG list, with Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos) ultimately making the cut after an unexpected citation there. What defines more than half of this race is its actors’ films underperforming, with both Bardem and Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth) joined by only two other bids for their projects, and Andrew Garfield (tick, tick…BOOM!) just one. Will Smith (King Richard) is in good company with five other nominations for his film, while Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog) is predictably part of the most-honored work. This is a good list that makes me happy enough.

My current bet to win: Especially given his film’s decent performance today, Smith will likely still get this.

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