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Gold Derby Confirms Christoph Waltz being campaigned as Lead Actor

Is Christoph Waltz in serious contention for his second Oscar?

Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz in Django UnchainedWe spoke about this possibility on a podcast a few weeks back but it seems that a source as confirmed to Tom O’Neil of Gold Derby that Academy Award Winner Christoph Waltz will be campaigned as a lead actor in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained.  Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx, who plays a slave-turned-bounty hunter that is searching for his wife will compete against Waltz along with the entire roster of the Weinstein Company.

The Weinstein Company, who also has Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, and Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly, could wind up with three Lead Actors nominated if everything pans out.  Joaquin Phoenix, the arguable frontrunner, has had recent outbursts around the web about his disdain about Oscar campaigning.  If the Weinsteins feel that a win in Phoenix is not so likely anymore, they could be starting a buzz surrounding Waltz.  Bradley Cooper and Brad Pitt are both believed by many pundits to be secondary choices of recognition.  The former probably has the best chance of the two.

The road to Oscar won’t be easy for Waltz as Phoenix, Daniel Day-Lewis of Lincoln, John Hawkes of The Sessions, and Denzel Washington of Flight are all but assured nominations at this early juncture.  Anthony Hopkins who stars in the title role of Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock has started a pool of lovers along with Richard Gere in Arbitrage and Hugh Jackman in the still unseen Les Miserables.  Could Waltz snag his second Oscar in just three years?  That didn’t stop Kevin Spacey which O’Neil cleverly cites as an example.

As we’ve witnessed all season, the Lead Actor race is the most competitive I’ve seen in my years of Oscar prognosticating.  It’s going to be a shame that several performances will be left off in sidelines on the mere notion of not enough inventory.

Comment and discuss.  What do you think of Waltz’s chances? 

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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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What do you guys think, do they really believe this much in Waltz or are they “uncluttering” the supporting actor category for DiCaprio´s benefit?

Joey Magidson

Well, that reflects the script I read…

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane)

From what I heard, he has just as much screentime as Foxx, so this isn’t fraud. I approve.

Rohit Ramachandran

Foxx and Dicaprio don’t stand a chance.

Best Actor- Christoph Waltz
Best Supporting Actor- Samuel L Jackson.

Jeremy DC

Reading the script I found his character to be the most interesting and has a bigger role than what I expected.



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