There’s some heated rivalry in the Best Actor category at this year’s Academy Awards, and it has been tough to place a frontrunner. With authorized Oscar betting in New Jersey this year, here’s a rundown of the nominees and evaluation of the likelihood to win.
Sportsbook Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) Christian Bale (Vice) Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) Willem Dafoe (In Eternity’s Gate)
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American actor Rami Malek’s breakthrough role came as computer hacker Elliot Alderson from the USA Network television series Mr. Robot (2015–present). You might also know him for his supporting role on the HBO miniseries, The Pacific, and his voiceover work in video games like Until the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman. Now, the actor will forever be linked to Queen’s charismatic frontman, Freddie Mercury, after depicting him in Bryan Singer’s biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Bohemian Rhapsody is now a player on the awards , winning Best Motion Picture — Drama and earning Best Picture nominations from the Producers Guild and the Academy. Malek has earned several accolades along the way as well, including Best Actor — Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. Since 2004, SAG and the Academy have aligned 13 occasions, which makes Malek the favorite here. However, he has some solid competition from another actor portraying a historical figure, Christian Bale as Dick Cheney at Vice.
Golden Globes: Best Actor — Drama
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Famous for his iconic portrayal as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy and his unforgettable performances in films like American Psycho, The Fighter, and American Hustle, Christian Bale is one of the finest actors working today. His major career nominations include four Academy awards (one win), four British Academy Film Awards, four Golden Globe Awards (two wins) and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards (two wins).
With a Best Actor — Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Globe plus a Critics‘ Choice Award for his remarkable turn as Dick Cheney at Adam McKay’s Vice, Bale was looking like a lock for the Best Actor trophy, but Malek’s win at the SAG Awards gives the Bohemian Rhapsody star the lead. Still, there’s a risk that the controversy surrounding Singer and his Queen biopic could damage Malek’s opportunities and depart Bale, a notorious method actor who gained 46 pounds to play with the former president, in prime position to snag his first Best Actor Oscar.
Golden Globes: Best Actor — Comedy or Musical
Philadelphia-born actor Bradley Cooper is known for his work in movies like The Hangover (2009), Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Cooper was nominated for a total of four Academy Awards, becoming the 10th actor to receive an Oscar nomination in three consecutive years (2013, 2014, 2015).
As a producer, director, screenwriter and star of A Star is Born, Cooper has got received numerous accolades along with his co-star, Lady Gaga. Besides being chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the Top 10 Movies of 2018, A Star is Born made five Golden Globe nominations and eight Oscar nominations, such as:
Best Picture
Best Actor
Finest Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Original Song
To create his character musical fashion, Cooper took guitar, voice and piano classes for six months to find out how to play and sing as blues-rock megastar Jackson Maine. It is a great performance, possibly the best of his profession, but sadly it appears that Cooper — A Star is Born — is losing steam as the Oscar race comes to an end. Incidentally, it’s incredibly rare for a filmmaker to guide themselves to a Best Actor win — it’s only happened twice in the history of the Academy Awards.

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