Best Actor 2015: Michael Caine for Youth

michaelcaine_youthMichael Caine in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth (via The Guardian)

The Facts

Oscar History
Caine has two Oscars from six nominations

  • Nominated: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for The Theory of Everything (2014)
  • Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role for Sleuth (1972)
  • Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role for Educating Rita (1983)
  • Won: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
  • Won: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for The Cider House Rules (1999)
  • Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Quiet American (2002)

This Year
Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

About the Film

Role: Fred Ballinger, a retired composer/conductor who goes on an extravagant vacation in the Alps with a friend, director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel)

Festivals:

  • Cannes Film Festival – World Premiere; In Competition (May 20, 2015)
  • Toronto International Film Festival – North American Premiere (Sept. 12, 2015)
  • BFI London Film Festival (Oct. 15, 2015)

U.S. Distributor: Fox Searchlight
U.S. Release Date: Dec. 4, 2015 (limited)
U.S. Box Office: N/A

Why? This industry-centric dark comedy (Birdman, anyone?) was a huge hit at Cannes, and the motion-picture academy has recognized Caine once each decade since the ’60s. If Fox Searchlight makes Youth its primary contender, watch out.

Why not? Will Youth strike with audiences? Romantic drama Brooklyn – another upcoming release from Searchlight – may perform better with audiences and, ultimately, throughout the season.

Notes

Ranking: No. 3 as of Sept. 10, 2015

More on the competition

See also:

  • Best Picture 2015: Youth
  • Best Director 2015: Paolo Sorrentino for Youth
  • Best Actor 2015: Harvey Keitel for Youth
  • Best Supporting Actress 2015: Jane Fonda for Youth
  • Best Supporting Actress 2015: Rachel Weisz for Youth
  • Best Original Screenplay 2015: Paolo Sorrentino for Youth
  • Crafts 2015
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