If 2016 has taught us anything, it is that the prediction business is almost ready to put up the "Closed" sign for good. But this has not stopped the pundits that gaze into their crystal ball for the upcoming Oscars. Eyeing off two supremely talented performers in Casey Affleck and Denzel Washington for the Best Actor category.
With Best Actress seemingly swapping roles with their male counterparts to become the more competitive and varied, Washington's role in Fences has already seen the veteran being heaped with praise. Ben Affleck's younger sibling on the other hand is receiving plenty of buzz following his portrayal in Manchester By The Sea, an equally compelling story of a man struggling to cope with life and loss in a dreary town.
Could Gos Finally Get The Gong?
While some might see the field as a two horse race, Canadian Ryan Gosling could finally be in line to break his Oscar's drought. It's been a decade since he was nominated back in 2006 for his role in Half Nelson. Starring in La La Land next to Emma Stone, the musical comedy/drama by Damien Chazelle made a splash as the Venice Film Festival. The film is set to make a US debut early next month, fitting it into the Awards schedule.
Then there is 33-year old American-British actor Andrew Garfield, who is believed to have stood out from his peers in the Martin Scorsese picture Silence. Working alongside such names as Liam Neeson and Adam Driver, the former Spider-Man performer is expected to be in the mix when the names are read out on the big night.
Might Aussie Joel Steal A March?
Aside from these big name candidates, people Down Under would love nothing more than for their Sydney boy Joel Edgerton to sweep all before them for the Jeff Nichols drama Loving. Telling the story of an interracial couple taking their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court back in 1967, the historical drama might have timed their run to perfection.
As civil unrest begins to unfold with social issues once again at the fore, the Academy have been known to acknowledge significant biographical dramas above their counterparts. If this is the case, Edgerton will be thanking his agent for a long time to come.