A photo of Jack O’Connell in Unbroken (via Collider).
Role: Louis “Louie” Zamperini, an Olympian and a WWII POW
Why? If Unbroken ticks all of the Oscar boxes – and it very well might – the film could easily be “the one”; O’Connell might come along for the ride, too. (I mean, if Jean Dujardin could ride the wave of love for The Artist (2011)…)
Why not? O’Connell will be one of the youngest best-actor nominees ever if he makes the cut; winning would make him the youngest best-actor winner ever. Other hot up-and-coming actors – Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game, David Oyelowo for Selma, Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything – have just as much heat if not more, and have a little more footing in the industry.
Ranking: No. 7 as of Aug. 2, 2014
More on the competition:
Best Actor in a Leading Role 2014
See also (pages coming soon):
Best Picture 2014: Unbroken (more)
Best Director 2014: Angelina Jolie for Unbroken
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Domnhall Gleeson for Unbroken
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Garrett Hedlund for Unbroken
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Takamasa Ishihara, a.k.a. Miyavi for Unbroken
Best Adapted Screenplay 2014: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Richard LaGravenese, and William Nicholson for Unbroken