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Six Spot #8: Best Actor 2013

Oscar Question

Oscar Question

Welcome back to The Six Spot! In case you missed last week’s 1997 Best Actor Six Spot, you can catch it here.

This week, I finally tackle what has by far been the most requested Six Spot: Best Actor 2013. But before we dive into that, I want to assure everyone that I do, indeed, know that female acting categories exist. I know that of the now eight Six Spots, only one has been dedicated to a female acting race. I promise I will continue to widen my focus as this series continues. It just so happens that, recently, the years I’ve looked at have had interesting Lead Acting and Directing races. Nevertheless, I have a very interesting Six Spot planned for Six Spot #10—so keep tuning in!

Here goes nothing!


The First Five Spots

Matthew McConaughey Jennifer Lawrence

The Academy Award nominees were…

  • Christian Bale, American Hustle
  • Bruce Dern, Nebraska
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
  • Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Breakdown of Seasonal Hardware

Chiwetel Ejiofor BAFTA

  • Christian Bale, American Hustle
    • Key Nominations: Golden Globe, BAFTA, BFCA (Comedy), BFCA (Lead Actor)
  • Bruce Dern, Nebraska
    • Key Wins: SAG, LAFCA, NBR
    • Key Nominations: Golden Globe, BAFTA, BFCA, Indie Spirits
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
    • Key Wins: Golden Globe (Musical/Comedy), BFCA (Comedy)
    • Key Nominations: BAFTA
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
    • Key Wins: BAFTA
    • Key Nominations: Golden Globe, SAG, BFCA, LAFCA (runner-up), NSFC (runner-up), NYFCC (runner-up), Indie Spirits
  • Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
    • Key Wins: Golden Globe, SAG, BFCA, Indie Spirits
    • Key Nominations:


Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
    • Key Nominations: Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA, BFCA
  • Robert Redford, All is Lost
    • Key Win: NYFCC
    • Key Nominations: Golden Globe, BFCA, NSFC (runner-up), Indie Spirits
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Her
    • Key Nominations: Golden Globe
  • Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
    • Key Nominations: Golden Globe
  • Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
    • Key Wins: NSFC
    • Key Nominations: Golden Globe, NYFCC (runner-up), Indie Spirits
  • Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels’ The Butler
    • Key Nominations: SAG
  • Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
    • Key Nominations: Indie Spirits

What do you think?

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Written by Sam Coffey

Attorney-at-law, Oscaroligist, coffee lover, Fantasy Football silver medalist, soccer fan (Orlando City SC), Geoffrey Rush enthusiast, and Time's 2006 Person of the Year.

Sam joined The Awards Circuit in January 2014, predicting all award shows with 100% accuracy ever since. A.K.A. "the stat guy."


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Anthony Moseley

Tom Hanks no doubt. Honestly thought he should have been nominated over Bale. Redford lost way too much momentum down the stretch, especially with all the great performances that came out after his big NYFC win.


I made no secret of the fact that I considered all of the 2013 possibilities lacking in some way and was particularly disappointed with the Matt McC win. I would have given it to him for True Detective but definitely not for DBC. If a voter, I would probably have given it to Ejiofor or Hanks but even that would have been under protest.


I say Hanks as well. I think he should have been in over Christian Bale. Bale was simply riding the success of the film and was the weakest of the four. Hanks’s film was a Best Picture nominee. Phoenix’s film was a Best Picture nominee too, but Hanks had more momentum and had more recognition. I’m still baffled Hanks missed out.


If you’re looking for a female category, I suggest Actress 2008 or Supporting Actress 2008.

Jamie Teller

Am I the only one who actually liked Bale’s performance? In a film I thought was otherwise overhyped, his was the only character I really cared about. He doesn’t make my final five, but he’s very, very close. Personally, I thought McConaughey was the weakest performance in the line-up, but I totally agree that Hanks was the #6. Personally, I would have slotted Phoenix in there instead, but this was a really, really strong year for lead actors. My nominees: – Dern – DiCaprio – Ejiofor – Michael B. Jordan – Phoenix With Bale, Hanks, Tye Sheridan, Jude Law (for… Read more »

Robert MacFarlane

My nominees for this year would have been:

Bradley Cooper in The Place Beyond the Pines
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Jake Gyllenhaal in Prisoners (He’s lead, dammit!)
Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis *WINNER*

Very honorable mentions to Phoenix, McConaughey, Hawke, and Bale.


Definitely agree Hanks was number 6. You can’t get SAG, GG, BFCA, and BAFTA and not be at least number 6. I also agree Phoenix was close.

With Bale, I think it was such a shock because if he was going to kick anyone out, I think everyone thought it would be at Leo’s expense. I don’t think there was a person on the planet that thought Hanks would miss for ANYONE, let alone for Bale. In the end, I guess the academy was just on a Hustle high and threw him a bone.

Anthony Moseley

My 5 would have been:

Bruce Dern
Leonardo DiCaprio
Tom Hanks
Oscar Isaac
Matthew McConaughey

Honorable mentions go to: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert Redford, Michael B. Jordan

I know it’s an unpopular opinion, but I just wasn’t all that impressed by Ejiofor. It was a good performance for sure, but I kinda put it in line with Bale’s nomination in that he seemed to ride the success of his respective film. Good, but not nomination worthy IMO.


I have a few interesting ones from 2013
Best cinematography
Best original song
2012 best director
2011 best actor

Nick Fraser

My five nominees are:
Tom Hanks
Idris Elba
Matthew McConaughey
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Leonardo DiCaprio.

Some notable ones are off this list simply because there were twenty other people competing that didn’t even get nominations anywhere, including high profile actors like Hugh Jackman and Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s so difficult to put only five.



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