2018 Oscar Predictions – BEST ACTOR

(UPDATED – MARCH 23, 2017)

Always a competitive race for the men, this year looks to be no different with some heavyweights in the mix with very high profile projects on the horizon.  The most notable is Gary Oldman, finally going for his own trophy with Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour” and Daniel Day-Lewis, looking to join the company of Katherine Hepburn, with the untitled project from Paul Thomas Anderson.  Hugh Jackman has much promise playing P.T. Barnum while Chadwick Boseman takes on Marshall Thurgood.  Other notable men playing historic figures include Benedict Cumberbatch, Liam Neeson, John Boyega, and Ali Fazal.  The list of intriguing projects on the horizon include those from Armie Hammer (already a Sundance favorite), Oscar Isaac, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Fassbender, and double doses of Matt Damon, Idris Elba, and Colin Farrell.  Lots more to consider as we travel down the road.

    AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. Gary Oldman
    "Darkest Hour" (Focus Features)

  2. Daniel Day-Lewis
    "Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project" (Focus Features)

  3. Hugh Jackman
    "The Greatest Showman" (20th Century Fox)

  4. Chadwick Boseman
    "Marshall" (Open Road Films)

  5. Tom Hanks
    "The Post"

  6. THE NEXT FIVE:

  7. Benedict Cumberbatch
    "The Current War" (The Weinstein Company)

  8. Michael Fassbender
    "The Snowman" (Universal Pictures)

  9. Armie Hammer
    "Call Me By Your Name" (Sony Pictures Classics)

  10. Joaquin Phoenix
    "You Were Never Really Here" (Amazon Studios)

  11. Idris Elba
    "The Mountain Between Us" (20th Century Fox)

  12. OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS:

  13. Matt Damon
    "Suburbicon" (Paramount Pictures)

  14. Domnhall Gleeson
    "Untitled A.A. Milne Project" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  15. Matt Damon
    "Downsizing" (Paramount Pictures)

  16. Liam Neeson
    "Felt" (Universal Pictures)

  17. Robert Redford
    "Our Souls at Night" (Netflix)

  18. Jeremy Renner
    "Wind River" (The Weinstein Company)

  19. James Franco
    "The Disaster Artist" (Warner Bros.)

  20. Cillian Murphy
    "Dunkirk" (Warner Bros.)

  21. John Boyega
    "Untitled Kathryn Bigelow/Detriot Riots Project" (Annapurna Pictures)

  22. Timothée Chalamet
    "Call Me By Your Name" (Sony Pictures Classics)

  23. OTHER CONTENDERS

  24. Brad Pitt
    "War Machine" (Netflix)

  25. Andrew Garfield
    "Under the Silver Lake" (A24)

  26. Oakes Fegley
    "Wonderstruck" (Amazon Studios)

  27. Colin Farrell
    "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" (A24)

  28. Christian Bale
    "Hostiles" (No U.S. Distribution)

  29. Jake Gyllenhaal
    "Wildlife" (No U.S. Distribution)

  30. Miles Teller
    "Thank You for Your Service" (Universal Pictures)

  31. Ali Fazal
    "Victoria and Abdul" (Focus Features)

  32. Robert Pattinson
    "Good Time" (A24)

  33. Javier Bardem
    "Mother!" (Paramount Pictures)

  34. OTHER POSSIBILITIES:

  35. Mel Gibson
    "The Professor and the Madman" (No U.S. Distribution)

  36. James McAvoy
    "Submergence" (No U.S. Distribution)

  37. Bryan Cranston
    "Last Flag Flying" (Amazon Studios)

  38. Ewan McGregor
    "Zoe" (No U.S. Distribution)

  39. Jon Hamm
    "High Wire Act" (No U.S. Distribution)

  40. Adrian McLoughlin
    "The Death of Stalin" (IFC Films)

  41. David Oyelowo
    "Untitled Nash Edgerton Project" (STX Entertainment)

  42. Jake Gyllenhaal
    "Stronger" (Lionsgate)

  43. Mathieu Amalric
    "Ismael's Ghosts" (Magnolia Pictures)

  44. James McAvoy
    "Split" (Universal Pictures)

UNRANKED CONTENDERS

Adam Sandler, “Yeh Din Ka Kissa” (No U.S. Distribution) — Alex Oxenbould, “Wildlife” (No U.S. Distribution) — Alexander Skarsgard, “Mute” (Netflix) — Andrew Garfield, “Breathe” (Bleecker Street) — Jason Clarke, “Chappaquiddick” (No U.S. Distribution) — Channing Tatum, “Logan Lucky” (Universal Pictures) — Chris Evans, “Gifted” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) — Colin Farrell, “The Beguiled” (Focus Features) — Denzel Washington, “Inner City” (No U.S. Distribution) — Dominic West, “The Square” (No U.S. Distribution) — Dylan O’Brien, “American Assassin” (Lionsgate) — Garrett Hedlund, “Mudbound”* (Netflix) — George McKay, “Where Hands Touch” (No U.S. Distribution) — Idris Elba, “The Dark Tower” (20th Century Fox) — Hugh Jackman, “Logan” (20th Century Fox)– Jaeden Lieberher, “The Book of Henry” (Lionsgate) — James Franco, “The Disaster Artist” (Warner Bros.) — Joel Edgerton, “It Comes at Night” (A24) — Kenneth Branagh, “Murder on the Orient Express” (20th Century Fox) — Louis Garrel, “Redoubtable” (No U.S. Distribution) — Marco Graf, “Roma” (No U.S. Distribution) — Montana Jordan, “The Legacy of a Whitetail Deerhunter” (No U.S. Distribution) — Paddy Considine, “Journeyman” (No U.S. Distribution) — Richard Gere, “The Dinner” (The Orchard) — Ryan Gosling, “Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.) — Ryan Gosling, “Song to Song” (Broad Green Pictures) Tom Taylor, “The Dark Tower” (20th Century Fox) — Tracy Letts, “The Lovers” (A24) — Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project” (No U.S. Distribution) — Woody Harrelson, “Wilson” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

*performer could be campaigned supporting

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  • TomNewYorker

    My Prediction is

    Armie Hammer-Call Me By Your Name
    Daniel Day Lewis-untitled PTA Fashion Project
    Gary Oldman-Darkest Hour
    Hugh Jackman-The Greatest Showman
    Jake Gyllenhaal-Stronger

    • Calvin Damon

      I agree that he is massively underestimating Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger. That’s the perfect kind of role to get back in Oscar’s good graces. I’d even call him the frontrunner if it wasn’t for Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour and the simple fact that Daniel Day Lewis is appearing in a film this year

      • Roger

        With that director, writer and producers behind? I would be really surprised if Gyllenhaal gets a nom for “Stronger” unless this ends as another consecutive weak year for Best Actor.

  • Calvin Damon

    I know he doesn’t have a chance, but Daniel Kaluuya is so good in Get Out. That movie’s best chance is an original screenplay nomination

  • DaKardii

    What about Mark Hamill for Star Wars: The Last Jedi? There’s speculation that he could receive a nomination.

  • chrosTV

    I think you’re clearly underestimating “The Disaster Artist”. Especially after all the buzz it received at this years SXSW festival.

  • Kuntilanak

    LADY GAGA WILL WIN BEST ACTRESS.

  • bb

    i agree with Boseman, Day-Lewis, Hanks and Oldman. the only one i’m not so certain is Hugh Jackman for The Greatest Showman on Earth. i actually think Donald Sutherland for The Leisure Seeker sounds like an Oscar contender and he’s costarring with Helen Mirren. other than that, Damon and Cumberbatch seem like they could possibly make the cut.

  • bb

    i also think Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Hanks and Gary Oldman are safe bets. i really want to see Hanks again nominated and Oldman’s role sounds pretty ambitious.

    the only one i’m not so certain is Hugh Jackman for The Greatest Showman. i actually think Donald Sutherland for The Leisure Seeker sounds like an Oscar contender and he’s costarring with Helen Mirren. other than that, Damon and Cumberbatch seem like they could possibly make the cut.

  • J2020

    My Predictions:
    Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour (It’s time for his Oscar)
    Daniel Day Lewis
    Chadwick Boseman – Marshall
    Jake Gyllenhaal – Stronger
    Timothee Chamalet – Call me by your name (He is way better than Hammer in that movie)

  • YRy El Yadari

    My Predictions :
    Daniel Day Lewis
    Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
    Matt Damon – Downsizing
    James Franco – The Disaster Artist
    Idris Elba – The Mountain Between Us

  • Kian

    1. Gary Oldman – “Darkest Hour” (sucks bc Golden Globe won’t even get him a nod)
    2. Daniel-Day Lewis – “Untitled Paul Thomas film” (I don’t really see him getting a 4th yet, maybe next time)
    3. Matt Damon – “Downsizing”
    4. Tom Hanks – “The Post”
    5. Timothee Chalamet – “Call Me by Your Name” (This year’s breakout star)