In a 10.8 Variety piece, award-season prognosticator Clayton Davis has picked some Best Actor favorites. Here they are plus my two cents:
1. Anthony Hopkins, The Father (Sony Pictures Classics) / HE sez: Definitely.
2. Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods (Netflix) / HE sez: Due respect for a strong performances, but I think Lindo belongs in supporting as Spike Lee‘s back-to-Vietnam film is an ensemble.
3. Gary Oldman, Mank (Netflix) / HE sez: Haven’t seen David Fincher‘s period film, but almost certainly.
4. Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.) / HE sez: This means Clayton has seen it, I presume. I haven’t, and I haven’t heard squat. Anyone?
5. Steven Yeun, Minari (A24) / HE sez: Haven’t seen it, but the reviews don’t exactly scream “holy shit, drop to your knees…Steven Yeun hits it out of the park!” The Sundance reviews were positive, approving, respectful.
6. Tom Hanks, News of the World (Universal Pictures) / HE sez: Nobody’s seen the film, but the New Academy Kidz would prefer to award an actor of color. Or so I understand.
7. Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios) / Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman sez: “Ahmed plays Ruben as a sweet but blunted outsider who confronts his ]increasing deafness] the same way he does everything else: with poe-faced blankness.” Doesn’t sound like a Best Actor performance to me.
8. Kingsley Ben-Adir, One Night in Miami…” (Amazon Studios) / HE sez: A steady-as-she-goes performance as Malcom X in a good film, but calm down.
9. Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield (Searchlight Pictures) / HE sez: You think?
10. Tom Holland, Cherry (Apple TV Plus) / HE sez: Haven’t seen it.