Oscar Nominations – Best Actor

The List:

  • Demian Bichir – A Better Life
  • George Clooney – The Descendants
  • Jean Dujardin – The Artist
  • Gary Oldman – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  • Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Hooray for:

Bichir, another surprising performance in a little-seen movie.  He’s not just the hot guy from Weeds anymore!

Where the hell is:

  • Michael Fassbender in either Shame or A Dangerous Method (he probably canceled himself out)
  • Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March or Drive (ditto)
  • Ralph Fiennes for Coriolanus (again, not letting go of that one)
  • Daniel Craig for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the guy never gets enough credit)

Instead of:

Oldman’s restraint in Tinker, Tailor is admirable, but there’s not much to the role, really

My prediction:

Clooney has been cleaning up, and probably will again (deservedly so – it’s his best work). Keep an eye on Dujardin, though.

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