Best Actor 2014: Bradley Cooper for American Sniper

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A buff Bradley Cooper on the set of American Sniper (via Lainey Gossip).

Oscar History: Two nominations
Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Nominated: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for American Hustle (2013)

Oscar Present?
Role: Chris Kyle, a decorated marksman

Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

Why? Between Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and American Hustle (2013), Cooper’s hot in Hollywood right now. Clint Eastwood’s gotten his actors into the mix before; the qualifying run suggests promise. Cooper’s also got the massive Guardians of the Galaxy in his arsenal; he might also have Serena if it gets a distributor.

Why not? This doesn’t feel like Oscar bait. Besides, Eastwood’s last big Oscar hit was Letters from Iwo Jima (2006); Invictus (2009) was his last film to pick up acting mentions – he couldn’t get Leonardo DiCaprio or Armie Hammer in for J. Edgar (2011), which is arguably more Oscar bait than American Sniper. Will Kill the Messenger – another awards hopeful of sorts – have a similar vibe and throw voters into a needless “Which movie do I have to side with?” dilemma?

Ranking: No. 18 as of Aug. 15, 2014

More on the competition:
Best Actor in a Leading Role 2014

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Picture 2014: American Sniper
Best Director 2014: Clint Eastwood for American Sniper
Best Adapted Screenplay 2014: Jason Dean Hall for American Sniper

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