The Oscars, Analysed, Best Actor

Oscars2013-620x350We wrap up the acting categories with the Actor in a Leading Role category.

The Nominees:  Bradley Cooper  ‘Silver Linings Playbook’;  Denzel Washington  ‘Flight’;  Daniel-Day Lewis ‘Lincoln’;  Hugh Jackman  ‘Les Miserables’ and  Joaquin Phoenix  ‘The Master’.

OK, this category has plenty of credible nominations. Plenty of snubs as well. Hugh Jackman was the best thing about ‘Les Miserables’, but still not good enough to get this nom, but I still can see why he got it. The other 4 are all great nominations. The long list of snubs include John Hawkes for ‘The Sessions’, Jack Black for ‘Bernie’, Matthew McConaughey for ‘Killer Joe’ and Richard Gere for ‘Arbitrage’.

Personally, though, I would’ve loved to have seen Jean Louis Trintignant nominated for ‘Amour’, all the love seems to be falling for Emmanuelle Riva’s performance, which is amazing in its own right, but I liked Trintignant’s more, and I would’ve loved if he would’ve been there instead of Jackman or even Cooper, as good as both of those were.


Who Should Win: Joaquin Phoenix  ‘The Master;. Hands down. No question. The best performance of the year and one of the best of the last few years.  His figure, gestures, mannerisms, all stay imprinted in our heads. It was a captivating performance. I won’t be angry if Day-Lewis wins, how can I? He was brilliant as well, but Phoenix’s performance is something else, in my view.


Who Will Win: Well, who else? Daniel Day-Lewis  ‘Lincoln’. It is quite a performance. Again, he transforms his body, showing us a Lincoln more moulded by grief, politics and war. With the signs of wear and tear of years of struggle, both personally and professionally. Apart from Phoenix, no other performance comes close to this one, and it should rightly win.

Yazen Al Samen

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