If your question is ‘Who will win the Oscar for Best Actor’ We’ve got the answer down here.
Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan unveiled the 94th Academy Awards nominees through a Livestream on Tuesday. The winners will be announced in Los Angeles on March 27.
The Best Picture nomination for Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up and the Best International Feature nomination for the Bhutanese film Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom are among the greatest surprises. With 12 nominations, Netflix’s The Power of the Dog has led this year’s Oscar nominations. Dune, the sci-fi epic, came in second with ten nods.
The academy has not yet finalized its arrangements for this year’s program, save that it will have a host for the first time since 2018. The Academy Awards will also be without their normal lead-in, for better or worse. The Golden Globes were an untelevised non-event in January when NBC said it would no longer broadcast it in 2022, while the beleaguered Hollywood Foreign Press reformed itself in the wake of ethical and diversity criticism.
Apart from the Oscar nominations, everyone’s attention is focused on the category of “Actor in a Leading Role” and who will win this year’s Best Actor in a Leading Role. So, let me go over all of the elements so you may perhaps guess who will win Best Actor in a Leading Role this year.
Nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2022
First and foremost, like with every year, five actors were nominated for five different films this year. Let’s have a look at who they are.
- JAVIER BARDEM – Being the Ricardos
- BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH- The Power of the Dog
- ANDREW GARFIELD – tick, tick…BOOM!
- WILL SMITH- King Richard
- DENZEL WASHINGTON – The Tragedy of Macbeth
What criteria are used to select Oscar winners?
Because the Oscars are determined by a secret ballot, the voters (about 9000) are all industry experts who are allowed to utilize whatever criterion they like.
Oscar does not impose any criterion on its members when it comes to casting their votes.
Individual members may vote for the nominee they believe is truly the best in that category, or they may vote for someone nominated for a film on which they also worked, or they may vote for a friend or a friend’s film, or they may vote for someone who is long overdue for an Oscar, or they may vote for a frontrunner in that category, or they may vote for an underdog, or they may vote for someone or a movie that had a really good Oscar marketing campaign, etc.
Here’s an example. A friend of mine used to be a personal assistant to a well-known actress. When the actress got her Oscar ballot one year, she gave it to my friend to fill out since she hadn’t had time to see any of the films that year — but she encouraged my friend to vote for a close friend of the actress who had been nominated.
As a result, no one can predict who will win the Oscars this year based on this. In certain cases, the worst actor might win the award for best actor in a leading role. However, nearly 90% of the time, the Oscars go to the deserving winner. So, let’s see who will win the Oscar for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” in 2022. (Who will win the Oscar for Best Actor)
Javier Bardem in Being the Ricardos
Javier Bardem is a brilliant actor who has worked with great filmmakers such as Pedro Almodóvar, Alejandro González Iárritu, the Coen brothers, Terrence Malick, and Woody Allen, as well as producing one of the creepiest villains in the James Bond canon (Raoul Silva in Skyfall). Even those who are familiar with Bardem’s incredible range will be surprised by his most recent film.
Being the Ricardos (directed by Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7) casts Bardem as Cuban musician and producer Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball’s (Nicole Kidman) companion in both romance and the legendary situation comedy I Love Lucy. Being the Ricardos is an uneven film that focuses on the couple’s emotional and professional dilemma, but Bardem’s performance is worth seeing. AARP chatted with the actor about the film’s dramatic conclusion and his creative approach.
What attracted you to the role of Desi Arnaz?
Perhaps it’s because of his intricacy. Someone with a wide range of abilities as a musician, comedian, and producer. Someone has a contagious energy, capable of filling a room with laughter and happiness. He was really open-minded. He was concerned that people be a part of the process, whatever it was. At the same time, he’s a bit of a diva. He didn’t have an easy time succeeding, and it was all influenced by the way people acted and spoke in the 1950s. Being a foreigner at the time was nothing short of miraculous. There are a variety of reasons to like such a character.
A scene about Desi’s possible infidelity appears near the end of the film. Your expression is unforgettably memorable. What was it like at that point?
At that time, the entire film is wrapped up. We’ve just saved Lucille Ball’s character, wiped the slate clean, and staged a fresh start, and this happens right in the middle of the party. Both his and her looks had to reflect the end of the road. We can no longer stay together, even if we love one other. We shot it on the third day of filming, and it’s a well-written sequence. Nicole and I had barely met four days before. It’s the point of the business where you wonder how you’re going to accomplish it. I recall how, like lions, we charged into the fight, knowing nothing about each other. Nicole is a fantastic partner, and Aaron helped to protect our space. The orchestra was on hand, and we requested that they play the I Love Lucy theme to heighten the sense of urgency. We are unable to address this at this time. It’s time to take the stage once more. (Who will win the Oscar for Best Actor)
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Phil Burbank, a hyper-masculine cattle rancher living on the prairies of Montana in the 1920s, in his new film The Power of the Dog.
Phil is depicted in the novel on which the film is based as washing himself once a month in a stream — and not at all in the winter. Cumberbatch attempted not to bathe while rehearsing but gave up after a few days. He did, however, give up the clothing he was wearing as Phil washed them during the session.
“I was [Phil] the moment I put those clothes on. I was able to detect his scent “According to Cumberbatch. “That was it for the entire day.”
Carrying Phil’s fragrance was just one way Cumberbatch immersed himself in a character and a world that was “so far off from my actual experience on every level that a lot of stuff had to be realized for me,” he says.
Phil is a bully in the film, directed by Jane Campion, who harasses his brother’s wife (Kirsten Dunst) and mocks her kid for being effeminate.
“What’s particularly exciting about bringing a guy like Phil Burbank to life is you’re actually digging beneath the hood of it, you’re studying the causation behind that toxic masculinity,” Cumberbatch explains.
Cumberbatch is presently starring in Spider-Man: No Way Home as Doctor Strange, and his next feature, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, will be released in May 2022. To hear more of this interview, including Cumberbatch’s account about being kidnapped while filming in South Africa in 2005, listen to the audio. (Who will win the Oscar for Best Actor)
Andrew Garfield in tick, tick…BOOM!
Andrew Garfield is a multi-talented individual. He’s proven his web-slinging skills in The Amazing Spider-Man and his evangelistic appeal in The Eyes of Tammy Faye throughout the years. When Lin-Manuel Miranda requested Andrew Garfield to act in the film adaptation of Tick, Tick…Boom!, he had to learn a new skill: public singing.
Andrew Garfield discusses the unique obstacles of making a movie musical and performing in public in a recent interview with Variety. Was Andrew Garfield terrified of performing in front of a live audience? Sure, but he wasn’t going to let it stop him. He said,
For a long time, I’d been interested in singing, and I was always curious to see how far I could take it. I’m drawn to the potential for failure, and what we’re all able to achieve, and I think that’s a good fear to have as an actor. I felt like this was where I had to go.
Andrew Garfield has never been one to back down from a challenge. Tick, Tick…Boom! was not only his first step into musical theatre, but his role as Rent composer Jonathan Larson required him to perform main roles in practically every song. Andrew Garfield spent over a year training with various vocal tutors and even learned to play the piano in preparation for filming. When you consider how many years of training most Broadway actors have under their belts, you can appreciate Andrew Garfield’s huge effort.
Andrew Garfield had no issue taking on a part that was outside of his comfort zone, despite his lack of musical skills. It helped that he was surrounded by some of the best theatrical talents in the business, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, the director, and composer of Hamilton. Andrew Garfield also credited his daring attitude to Tick, Tick…Boom!, a gripping thriller. He said,
This project was one of those weird and wonderful ones where there was magic around it, simply because of who Jonathan was as a person, and how Lin directed it. Stepping outside of my comfort zone as an actor is something I’m always interested in doing.
One look at the Tick, Tick…BOOM! reviews are enough to convince you that Andrew Garfield’s risk was well worth it. His portrayal of Jonathan Larson wowed critics, and many fans believe he’ll be nominated for an Academy Award. Andrew Garfield can walk away from Tick, Tick…BOOM! with a spring in his step and a song in his heart, regardless of whether he wins the golden statuette. (Who will win the Oscar for Best Actor)
Will Smith in King Richard
Richard Williams, the father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams and a well-known celebrity dad in his own right, recounts the lynching of his boyhood closest friend, a boy his age named Lil Man, in his 2014 novel Black and White: The Way I See It.
This happened in the 1950s in Shreveport, Louisiana. As Williams recalls it, his life was destitute but dramatic, darkened by his father’s emotional departure and the racism of the day, but brightened by his feeling of obligation to his mother and sisters. He spent his childhood tending to a fruit garden in his family’s backyard, even hiring staff – loiterers he hired to patrol street corners and bring him business.
Williams took from white sellers any produce they didn’t have to sell and passed it off as his own. Reckless? Heroic? He was a young Black guy whose father “placed me well below the starting line in the race of life,” according to the memoir. The race of life is a term that Lil Man’s lynching sadly summarises. The legislation served as a reminder to young men like Williams not to get ahead of themselves, despite the fact that they were already running behind.
Despite being a guy full of stories — and perhaps, to the largely white world of tennis in the 1990s, full of shite — the Richard Williams of King Richard, played by Will Smith, does not recount this story in explicit detail onscreen.
The film also fails to tell us about another story Williams tells in his biography, one that is as vivid and revealing: of dressing up in a Klan costume as a teenager and, feeling appropriately powerful, striking a white man over the head with a stick.
What the film does provide us, though, is a Richard Williams who manages to make those stories — their brazen, relentless, reckless near-foolishness — credible. A Williams believes that being abandoned by one’s father is a mistake that should not be repeated.
In a broad sense, King Richard is a film about the creation of Venus and Serena. It gets there through a depiction of their father that is, in many respects, consistent with the guy we meet in that memoir — consistent, that is, with the tales he’s told about himself, as opposed to the ones reported about him in the media during his prime as a thorn in the side of the tennis world. It’s a painting intent on highlighting the wide disparity between both depictions and on convincing us to see this individual from both perspectives.
As a result, we are given a portrayal of Williams the hardworking family guy on the one hand, and Williams the dadager on the other, that is equal parts moving and amusing.
The later Williams was notorious for ignoring the game’s so-called rules and problematic, in his private life, for his propensity to ignore the wants of even those closest to him, the ladies in his life whom he was purportedly supporting. We have Williams, the obstinate pain in the neck who knows that the only way to get two Black girls from Compton noticed by the best tennis coaches in the country is to be a pain in the neck; and Williams, who is so focused on his vision for the family’s future that he forgets to consult his wife, Brandy (played by the wonderful Aunjanue Ellis), who is just as much their coach as he is.
Williams exemplifies obstinacy while chastising his children for it, and who can’t even watch Cinderella with his family without turning it into a morality exam. (Who will win the Oscar for Best Actor)
Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth
I’ve developed a tolerance for “racially blind” casting in Shakespeare that I don’t always have in realistic historical films. Allow me to explain why…
The characters in Shakespeare’s histories are so wonderful and masterfully described that they transcend their historical surroundings. What I mean is that I don’t mind seeing a black Julius Caesar (for example) since the play transcends history… it’s a fantastic drama about ambition, competition, and brutality. It’s set in Ancient Rome, but personalities like these might be found anywhere, including a South American junta or an African civil war. That being the case, Denzel as Macbeth isn’t an issue for me… I’m excited to see what he can do.
And, with the exception of Othello (which is a fantastic play), it’s logical that Shakespeare didn’t create many characters for people of color because he very definitely didn’t know any, and his whole company was nearly certainly white men.
But, after 400 years, we don’t have to perform plays, in the same manner, Shakespeare’s Company did at the Globe Theater. We’ve seen a lot of white people play these characters, and we’ll continue to see them, but I believe there’s room to see how great actors of color might play these roles.
Denying people of color access to Shakespeare (save for a few roles) is akin to denying people of color the opportunity to climb Mt. Everest, even if they are competent. (Who will win the Oscar for Best Actor)
I think finally Andrew Garfield will take the crown and win the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Or maybe it’s my wish for Andrew to win the Oscar. But Denzel Washington also has an equal chance to grab the Oscar. What’s your thought and who do you want to win the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
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