Pearl & Dean's early Oscar 2017 predictions: Best Actor

  • Pearl & Dean's early Oscar 2017 predictions: Best Actor

Over the coming weeks, we will be looking into our crystal ball to predict who will be taking home little gold statuettes when the 2017 Oscars come to town.

This time we look at Best Actor, and identify five male stars who have put in potentially award-winning performances this year.

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Denzel Washington - Fences

Denzel picked up the Best Actor Oscar in 2001 for his performance in Training Day, adding it to his Best Supoorting Actor award that he won in 1989 for Glory.

Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, Fences sees Washington play a former pro baseball player, now working as a waste collector, who comes to terms with the events of his life.

With Fences being based on August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, Denzel - who is also in the director's chair - already has a stellar source material and with his phenomenal acting ability, things may be golden for him come Oscar night.

Tom Hanks - Sully

By winning back-to-back Best Actor awards in 1993 and 1994 for his performances in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, Hanks became one of the most successful actors ever.

Since then, Hanks hasn't won the award, falling short with nominations for Saving Private Ryan and Cast Away, but he is having another go at taking home the statuette in 2017.

His latest Oscar attempt is by playing Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the real life pilot who landed his plane onto New York's Hudson River without any casualties after both of its engines failed.

Directed by Clint Eastwood, another Oscar magnet, Hanks' performance has been especially praised, as critics have seen this film almost entirely as a showcase for his acting ability.

Viggo Mortensen - Captain Fantastic

With an eclectic mix of characters in his career, Viggo Mortensen may have shaken off Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings,  and is looking to scoop his first Oscar after earning a nomination back in 2007 for Eastern Promises.

In Captain Fantastic, Mortensen plays the father of an off-the-grid family, who raises his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education, as he is forced to bring his children into the city and reintegrate with society.

The film has already picked up plenty of awards while touring the film festivals and the critics have praised Mortensen's star turn, and the Academy may just have made note.

Ryan Gosling - La La Land

Currently the bookies' favourite to win Best Film at the 2017 Oscars, Damien Chazelle's story of an aspiring actress meeting and falling and love with a jazz musician has wowed fans and critics worldwide.

The success and enjoyment that the film is seeing is in no small part down to its two leads Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone - whose song and dance performance has been praised.

Gosling, who has previously secured a Best Actor nomination in 2007 with Half Nelson, is expecting a second Best Actor nomination in the least.

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Casey Affleck is probably most well know for two things - his performance in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and his more famous brother Ben.

But now he is receiving rave reviews and finds himself in contention in the Best Actor category for his role in Manchester by the Sea.

Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, who wrote the screenplay for Gangs of New York, Affleck plays a man who is made the legal guardian of his nephew after his brother's death, returning to his hometown to deal with the boy, as well as his ex-wife, played by Michelle Williams.

With the film picking up rave reviews and Affleck's performance singled out for additional praise, Casey could be the first Affleck to win Best Actor.

 

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