Interestment’s Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

Published: 26th Jan, 2009

It’s a two horse race, they say… they might be wrong


Anyone who decided to stroll into a cinema at the weekend probably left with a brain shriveled and sloshing around, destroyed. This is not light-hearted movie season, friends, this is the Oscar race in full flow. Actors have started taking themselves seriously, films are a little more demanding. Tom Cruise even thought it wise to play a Nazi with an eye patch, but to no avail. It might be that he made no attempt to sound like a German that damaged his chances. Or that he’s just not very good. Who knows?

As it is, the Best Actor category is going to be a corker, with the bookies insisting that it’s in the bag for Mickey Rourke (Interestment’s number one actor, FYI) for his role as a battered old man in a leotard in The Wrestler. It’s a great performance in a mediocre film, something that didn’t harm Forest Whitaker in 2007, or Denzel Washington in 2001 – both of them triumphed in movies not nominated for Best Picture.

A slightly stronger contender, however, looks to be Sean Penn in Milk. He got into shape for the role (the Academy loves that), and he’s playing against type, as a gay man – brilliantly, this gives the fusty old voters a chance to appear modern by saluting homosexual politicians. Speaking of which, a very interesting outsider is Frank Langella playing Nixon in Frost/Nixon – the last few years have been won by BIG acting performances (Day Lewis, There Will Be Blood; Whitaker, Last King of Scotland; Seymour Hoffman, Capote; Foxx, Ray)… and he does an enormous job on the role. If there’s going to be an upset, he will be it.

Hence, Interestment predicts:

Best Actor: Frank Langella.

Obviously, ignore this if we’re wrong.

Josh Burt
About the author:
Josh has been a writer and journalist for the best part of twenty years and has written for modern staples like FHM and Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph and The Sun. He has also written a small handful of so-so books that you can still buy.

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