Best Actor 2014: Gael García Bernal for Rosewater

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A photo of Gael García Bernal in Rosewater (via The Playlist).

Oscar Present?
Role: Maziar Bahari, an “Iranian/Canadian journalist […] who was arrested during the 2009 Iranian election protests, spent 118 days in jail and was forced to confess to a number of crimes” (via The Playlist).

Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A


  • Toronto International Film Festival (2014) – International Premiere

Why? Bernal’s starred in several films that, in one way or another, landed on Oscar’s radar – Diarios de motocicleta, or The Motorcycle Diaries (2004); Babel (2006); and No (2012). If Rosewater can garner voters’ attention, this might be his nomination – maybe even more if this becomes one of the big films during the season.

Why not? Oscar voters prefer their leading men to be older; being GQ-cover ready doesn’t necessarily help. So many hot up-and-coming actors – Chadwick Boseman for Get on Up, Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game, Jack O’Connell for Unbroken, David Oyelowo for Selma, Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything – are already in the running. And if Jon Stewart’s inexperience in directing and dramatic writing is evident, Rosewater and all involved likely wilt this awards season, anyway.

Ranking: No. 21 as of Aug. 2, 2014

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

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Picture 2014: Rosewater
Best Director 2014: Jon Stewart for Rosewater
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Shohreh Aghdashloo for Rosewater
Best Adapted Screenplay 2014: Jon Stewart for Rosewater


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