Best Actor 2014: Steve Carell for Foxcatcher

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A photo of Steve Carell in Foxcatcher (via Total Film).

Oscar Present?
Role: John du Pont, the paranoid-schizophrenic sponsor of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum)

Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

Festivals:

  • Cannes Film Festival (2014) – World Premiere
  • Toronto International Film Festival (2014) – Canadian Premiere
  • New York Film Festival (2014) – New York Premiere

Why? Carell goes against type and throws on the Oscar bait – Schizophrenia! Drama! – in Bennett Miller’s latest, which already looks like a potential picture winner. Factor the prosthetic nose into the equation, and he has a physical transformation going for him, too. Channing Tatum’s turn in the film should help it reach a sizable audience; Carell might have a(n additional) box-office hit – which never hurts – with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Why not? It’s only August, which is (usually) way too early for us to have it all figured out. Someone – Michael Keaton? Bill Murray? David Oyelowo? Timothy Spall? Christoph Waltz? – might take us by surprise. Will he and Tatum split votes if the latter also goes lead?

Ranking: No. 1 as of Aug. 15, 2014

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

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Picture 2014: Foxcatcher (more)
Best Director 2014: Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Sienna Miller for Foxcatcher (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Vanessa Redgrave for Foxcatcher (more)
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher (more)
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Channing Tatum for Foxcatcher (more)
Best Adapted Screenplay 2014: E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman for Foxcatcher (more)

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