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2014 Oscar Predictions – Best Actor Updated!

Will Matthew McConaughey take on Robert Redford for the win?

Robert Redford in All is LostWelcome to the week of Oscar Prediction updates!  Yesterday I dropped the gauntlet on Best Picture and Best Director and have decided to move away from the prospect of Ridley Scott and his film The Counselor being crowned the best of the year.  Definitely not out the question yet but need to look elsewhere as other trailers are impressing and studios are beginning to push.

Today, the Lead Actor predictions were moved around.  It’s been said by many sources that Bruce Dern will be campaigned Lead for Nebraska so he joins the ranks of the final five however, not in the #1 spot.  Matthew McConaughey sits firmly at #1 unless screenings from Toronto crash and burn for Dallas Buyers Club.  Robert Redford moves up a spot to #2 with Dern closely behind.  In the end, those two may be going for the same slot reserved for a veteran.  Redford has the edge with the career he’s had and the type of performance he gives in J.C. Chandor’s All is Lost, allegedly.

Chiwetel Eijofor and Christian Bale round out the final five predicted.  The category, like in previous years, is getting stacked up.  I can already foresee a lot of great performances missing out on nominations at the end of the day.  Joaquin Phoenix moves up in the ranks considerably for Spike Jonze’s Her as does Forest Whitaker in Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

Check out the Lead Actor and the Top 40.  Check back tomorrow when Lead Actress takes on a new look given the recent “news.”

What are your predicted five for Lead Actor?

What do you think?

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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