As with every category, picking my favorite to the win the Oscar for the Actor in a Leading Role is tough, but not impossible. Read on and then tell me why I got it all wrong! This year’s Actor in a Leading Role Nominees are:
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
The story of Hollywood Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo’s struggle to continue to save his career and support his family after being blacklisted in the late 1940’s.
Matt Damon, The Martian
Astronaut and engineer Matt Watney, played by the uber-charismatic Matt Damon, is left behind on Mars during a space mission, and must find a way to survive long enough to be rescued.
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Playing real-life hunter and trapper Hugh Glass, Leonardo DiCaprio barely speaks in this film that tells the story of his survival following a grisly bear mauling and being left for dead by the members of his expedition.
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Michael Fassbender brings an intense magnetic energy to the role of Steve Jobs in the film that uses the release of three new products to feature his personal failures and professional accomplishments.
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
The story of Dutch artist Einar Wegener who, in the 1920’s, undergoes one of the first sexual reassignment surgeries.
Who gets my vote? Bryan Cranston. I know, I know, Leo is going to win (for a physically grueling performance, but one in which he pretty much just grunts, groans, and screams), but I loved every moment of Cranston’s portrayal of the dazzlingly articulate, brave, patriotic, funny and heroic man.
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