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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 5, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Best actor candidates — so far

Last week I took a look at potential candidates for the Best Actress category at the Oscars this year, and ranked my top five for the year so far. Now let’s take a look at their male counterparts, just because. The Oscarologists over at GoldDerby have Leonardo DiCaprio at the top, for Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” — a movie that, as far as I know, nobody has seen. Other top contenders are George Clooney in “The Descendants,” Jean Dujardin in “The Artist,” Brad Pitt in “Moneyball,” Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” Ryan Gosling in “The Ides of March” and Michael Fassbender in “Shame.” I’ve seen some of these, haven’t seen some others (Fassbender in “Shame” was the talk of Toronto; I’m sorry I missed it). But here are my picks, in alphabetical order, based on the performances I’ve actually seen so far this year; it’ll be interesting to see who might bump a few of these fellows off the list:
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Paul Giamatti, “Win Win”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “50/50”
Ewan McGregor, “Beginners”
And if I had a sixth vote, I’d slip Pitt in there, for either “Moneyball” or “The Tree of Life.” And what do you think?

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