2017 Awards Circuit In Line Series: 25 Actors for an Oscar Win

Welcome to the official 2017 AWARDS CIRCUIT IN LINE SERIES!

The Academy Awards get tons of flack for not rewarding actors and actresses in the prime of their careers. It often boils down to poor timing, but sometimes the Academy’s choices are downright baffling. Here at Awards Circuit, we will begin an annual tradition called “In Line,” a collection of actors and actresses that are “in line” to either win an Academy Award or garner their very first nomination. The men and women have been divided up, with each getting their own annual list.

This list will change on a year-to-year basis, with obvious newcomers having the ability to jump out in front. This list will be released every January, one day after New Year’s.

Click through the gallery to see the list of 25 Actors In Line for an Oscar Win:

Share your thoughts on the list in the comments section below!

25. Josh Brolin

BEST PERFORMANCE: “Inherent Vice” (2014)

After two decades of yeoman’s work, Josh Brolin finally got the respect he deserved with his role of Llewelyn Moss in the Best Picture winner, “No Country for Old Men.” The following year he earned his first Oscar nomination for “Milk.” He’s been hit-or-miss since 2008, but has managed to balance cashing big checks for studios with great work in the likes of “Inherent Vice,” “Hail, Caesar!,” and “Sicario.” It’s hard to believe his first Oscar nomination was so far away, but he fits the bill of a working actor who finally wins one day. Perhaps his “Sicario” (titled “Soldado“) sequel will garner more Oscar buzz for him.
-Sam Coffey

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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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