This is a tough category. Not the absolute toughest, but it’s tough.
The frontrunner appears to be Sylvester Stallone due to his recent Golden Globe win (and the fact that he got a significant amount of applause and cheers when they announced his nomination). He does turn a career-high performance in Creed, but there are other actors who could conceivably knock him down.
Mark Ruffalo surprisingly didn’t receive a Golden Globe nomination, but his performance is still strong enough to rally back and win an Oscar. Is it likely? No. But don’t count him out.
Mark Rylance was my pick to win the Golden Globe in this category. Considering he lost out to Stallone, it seems unlikely that he will be on the Academy’s radar to win the award. But he is a dark horse candidate, for sure.
Then again, Christian Bale had a strong performance in The Big Short. And Tom Hardy may be able to ride the The Revenant train to victory if the film scores well throughout the night. It’s really anybody’s game.
- Christian Bale (The Big Short)
- Tom Hardy (The Revenant)
- Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)
- Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
- Sylvester Stallone (Creed)
Will Win: Sylvester Stallone
Could Win: Mark Ruffalo
Dark Horse: Mark Rylance (or anybody else, for that matter)
You can find a full list of Oscar predictions here.
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—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)