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September 2nd Update.
1. Tom Hanks- Saving Mr. Banks
Tom Hanks looks poised to rejoin the Oscar race for the first time in 13 years. (It's been that long). Hanks plays the iconic Walt Disney in a biography about bringing the Mary Poppins story to life. I have questions about the film overall, but Hanks should be a hit.
2. Jared Leto- Dallas Buyers Club
Jared Leto has been getting terrific early notices as a transgender HIV patient in Dallas Buyers Club. Not only does the role sound baity in itself, he also went through a tremendous physical transformation as well, weighing as little as 116 pounds during filming.
3. Michael Fassbender- 12 Years a Slave
Fassbender plays the evil slave owner in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. Fassbender has gained a lot of respect the last few years, especially when he just missed out for Shame. The villain role has been a staple for Best Supporting Actor, and I expect Fassbender to be rewarded here.
4. Daniel Bruhl- Rush
You may remember Bruhl as Frederik Zoller in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. This time, he's playing am intense formula 1 driver in Rush, an incredible true story from Ron Howard. Early notices have been outstanding.
5. Jonah Hill- The Wolf of Wall Street
Jonah Hill will star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. It's an interesting role in a high profile film. Hill managed to pull off a nomination for Moneyball. Now he gets to work with one of the best. We'll see what happens.
6. Josh Brolin- Labor Day
7. Javier Bardem- The Counselor
8. Bradley Cooper- American Hustle
9. George Clooney- Gravity
10. Matt Damon- The Monuments Men
Coming Soon: Best Actress.