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89th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2016 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

 discuss on the blog

January 20th - Predictions

Tier 1 - Predicted 5
Precursors have settled on these five. But I'm feeling we'll get a spoiler on Nomination Morning since Bridges and Ali are way way out front and likely to hog so many #1 votes that passion will matter quite a lot in the runners up. Haven't settled on who might benefit yet though. How about you? 

 

 

Mahershala Ali
MOONLIGHT
(never nom'ed)
Oct 21st
Reviewed 

Wins
Spirit Ensemble, NYFCC, Critics Choice , LAFCA

Nominations
SAGGlobe

 He's mesmerizing in the film but only in a third of it so might not be a lock for the win that it once looked like but he's definitely the frontrunner. The nomination is secured.

Jeff Bridges
HELL OR HIGH WATER
(6 noms | 1 win)
August 12th
Reviewed 

Wins
NBR,

Nominations
Gotham Nom (Lead), Critics Choice,SAGGlobe

Oscar loves themselves some Jeff Bridges. And as their favorite player in this sleeper hit, he's in. Plus (no small matter) he's quite excellent in that Bridgessian way herein

Dev Patel
LION
(26 yrs old | 9th movie | never nominated)
Nov 25th 
Reviewed 

Wins
--

Nominations
APSA Nom (Lead), Critics ChoiceSAG Globe

This lovely film has been struggling to break out at the box office but it helps to have a lead role in this category which Dev does (despite not showing up for the first half). But might he slip in the final voting?

Hugh Grant
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
(never nom'd)
Aug 12th
Reviewed

Wins
--

Nominations
EFA, Critics Choice (Comedy), SAGGlobe (Lead)

Wouldn't it be sweet to finally see him nominated? An undervalued enduring charm-bomb. That said, this is just the kind of role (romantic/charming) that for male actors can suddenly be snubbed.

Lucas Hedges
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
(never nom'd)
Nov 18th
Reviewed 

Wins
Critics Choice (Young Actor)

Nominations
Gotham Breakthru,  Spirit, Critics Choice, SAG

Great "discovery!" reviews for his turn as Casey Affleck's newly orphaned nephew in this acclaimed drama. He's very young for Oscar love and they can be stingy with young men. On the other hand his character is very likable

 

 

Tier 2 - Can They Rise?


 

Ben Foster
HELL OR HIGH WATER
(never nom'ed)
August 12th
Reviewed 

Wins
--

Nominations
Spirit, Critics Choice

 Most of the buzz has been with Jeff Bridges but the Spirit nod went to Ben Foster a good sign to finally recognize this actor or a fluke? Can Bridges have coattails?

 

Aaron Taylor-Johnson
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
(never nom'ed)
Nov 18th
Reviewed 

Wins
Golden Globes

Nominations
BAFTA  

The Globe win significantly boosts his prospects from a buzz 'watch this movie perspective' but Shannon steals so many scenes. Is the BAFTA nom telling or hometown pride?

Simon Helberg
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
(never nom'd)
Aug 12th
Reviewed

Wins
--

Nominations
 SAG

Fans of this performance showed up at SAG and coattails nominations do happen with less likely players if other actors in the same film are holding steady. Can he surprise?

Ralph Fiennes
A BIGGER SPLASH
(2 nominations)
May 13th

Wins
--

Nominations
Spirit

 The question is not worthiness -- this uninhibited star turn was crazy good. But precursors are so focused on late year releases they often make stupid mistakes. Ignoring him yet again was one of them.

 

Michael Shannon NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
(1 nom)
Nov 18th
Reviewed 

Wins
--

Nominations
Critics Choice


Despite obvious love for this film from the Globes they looked elsewhere for an acting nod. Strange or telling? Shannon has devout fans among actors and he is terrific in this

 

Tier 3 - Vote Siphoning From... ?

Kevin Costner - Hidden Figures
Peter Sarsgard - Jackie
Stephen McKinley Henderson
- Fences
Tom Bennett -
Love & Friendship
Liam Neeson -
Silence
Issey Ogata -
Silence
Alden Ehrenreich - Hail Caesar
Craig Robinson
- Morris From America Gotham (Lead),  Spirit Nom
Shia Labeouf - American Honey  Spirit Nom
Simon Helberg - Florence Foster Jenkins
Trevante Rhodes - Moonlight
Sunny Pawar - Lion