After dissecting the contenders in this year’s nascent Best Picture Oscar race, we now turn to the Best Actor lineup as Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil, IndieWire’s Anne Thompson and I survey the lineup. We wonder whether two old timers on likely their last movie roles — Robert Redford in The Old Man and the Gun, and Clint Eastwood in the as-yet-unseen The Mule — could well crash the party. In fact, Warner Bros released the trailer for The Mule yesterday and it certainly looks promising, a last-minute holiday-season entry into the race.
Speaking of trailers, we just saw one also this week for Christian Bale’s dead-on impersonation of Dick Cheney in another unseen film, Vice. He is definitely a contender on that basis, along with suspects we already know and discuss here, including A Star Is Born’s Bradley Cooper, First Man’s Ryan Gosling, The Front Runner’s Hugh Jackman, and perhaps an early front-runner in Green Book’s Viggo Mortensen. Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody is being unveiled in a special screening this weekend, so we will know more about Rami Malek’s chances as Freddy Mercury, but he’s definitely on our preliminary list on the basis on that trailer.
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