Best Actor 2015: Johnny Depp for Black Mass

Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Scott Cooper's BLACK MASS

The Facts

Oscar History
Depp has three nominations

  • Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  • Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role for Finding Neverland (2004)
  • Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

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

About the Film

Role: Whitey Bulger, the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston


  • Venice Film Festival – World Premiere (Sept. 4, 2015)
  • Telluride Film Festival (Sept. 4, 2015)
  • Toronto International Film Festival – Canadian Premiere (Sept. 14, 2015)
  • BFI London Film Festival – Virgin Atlantic Gala (Oct. 11, 2015)

U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros.
U.S. Release Date: Sept. 18, 2015
U.S. Box Office: N/A

Why? A likely box-office hit with strong reception out of Venice and Telluride, Black Mass may bring Depp his first nomination in almost a decade – for a performance in which (trailers suggest) he’s trying less? (It’s certainly less risky than some of his recent choices.)

Why not? Will Black Mass as a whole contend? Our Brand is Crisis may be WB’s priority this season.

Ranking: No. 5 as of Sept. 10, 2015

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