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Main| Oscar Chart Updates: 5 Questions about the Actresses »
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Aug 09 2019

Oscar Chart Updates: Two-Lead Men's Movies

Robert Pattinson & Willem Dafoe in "The Lighthouse"

We're in for it with category fraud this year,y'all.Yes,we're in for it every year of course until something finally breaks within the Academy (disgruntled character actors stage a revolution,"do you hear the people sing singing the song of angry men..."c'mon SAG!) but 2019 in particular appears to be a film year with an unusual amount of two-leading-men films.We've got (arguably)The Lighthouse,Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,The Last Black Man in San Francisco,Ford v Ferrari,A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,The Two Popes,and maybe more.So we've opted to just kind of ignore the problem and assume we know who is going where in theBEST ACTORandBEST SUPPORTING ACTORchart updates though as always we wish the leading men would just stay in lead like they're supposed to.If it was good enough for Amadeus,it's good enough for you,people!

Having said all that we just realized we left Matt Damon (Ford v Ferrari) and Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse) off of either chart which is silly but not intentional.We'll squeeze them in somewhere as soon as we have a moment.What do you think of the new rankings?Any strong hunches this August?

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I read on Twitter that Dafoe is going supporting.

Banderas is very uneven in Dolor y gloria but he has two killer scenes,one with Sbargalia and the other with Julieta Serrano,that will procure him the nomination.He ticks all the boxes: the latin box,the hottie turned into a mature/serious actor box,the indie/prestigious movie box,the omg you've been doing movies forever box...

August 9,2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Nathaniel,have you finally seen At Eternity's Gate?

August 9,2019 | Unregistered CommenterWillem Dafoe

I dunno about Pitt being unable to be nominated in Lead for his performance.Why?Unlike DiCaprio,who pretty much entirely gets observational bits in that movie,Pitt gets most of what could be called the plot.(Note: I loved the movie,but I'm not delusional about the pacing.It's NOT a plot oriented movie.) I'd actually expect the fraud to cut the other way.If we hear tales of Pitt assembling a shorter "just the plot"cut (in which case,DiCaprio's only fully necessary scene is establishing the flamethrower) to be sent along with the normal screener...?That's absolutely how the fraud is going to cut.

August 9,2019 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I think Pitt for sure will go supporting.Not just for how DiCaprio is front and center but he also has Ad Astra.Not that he'll get anywhere near a nomination for that,but more reason to run a campaign in supporting while he runs a campaign in lead for that one.

I too have heard Pattinson is the one going lead and Dafoe supporting.

August 9,2019 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Dafoe should have won last year,he was beyond all the other 4 by miles.

August 9,2019 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

There's a latin box?I wish it were checked more!

If Pitt goes supporting,I'll have the same post-Fences feeling--a win,and a conviction that a Lead nomination would have produced the same result.

August 9,2019 | Unregistered Commenterzig

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