The Best Actor race is among the most cutthroat categories at the Oscars 2015. The list of nominees includes only one preceding nominee and four newcomers. Of the five performances, four of the characters portrayed are based on real-life people. Read on for further details.
Eddie Redmayne (“Theory of Everything”) has won the Leading Actor at the 2015 EE British Academy Film Awards, and he is also one of the favorites to take home this year’s Best Actor in the Oscars.
Performance by an actor in a leading role nominations:
• Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
• Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
• Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
• Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
• Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”
Michael Keaton, 63, is best known for his work on “Beetlejuice,” “Batman” and “Night Shift.” Keaton’s wins at the Golden Globes in Comedy/Musical and his two trophies at the Critics Choice Movie Awards have put him in front of the pack. This is his first Oscar nomination.
Eddie Redmayne, 33, is best known for his work in “Les Miserables” and “My Week With Marilyn.” The English actor has received BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actor’s Guild awards for his turn as famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”
Meanwhile, Redmayne’s performance in “Jupiter Ascending” has been branded “ridiculous,” “unintentionally humourous” and flat-out “terrible” in reviews.
I hope that "Jupiter Ascending" becomes the "Norbit" for Eddie Redmayne, so that Michael Keaton can win the Oscar. #JupiterAscendingIsSoBad
— Kevin C. (@kvn_cptchrsma13) February 8, 2015
If you want to forget all about how great Eddie Redmayne was in The Theory of Everything, go and see #JupiterAscending.
— Susanna Lazarus (@SusannaLazarus) February 4, 2015
Bradley Cooper, 39, has left a mark on the viewers with his metamorphic performance as real-life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood’s Iraq war movie “American Sniper.” He is also giving a tough fight at the Oscar race with six nominations. This is his third consecutive Oscar nomination.
Benedict Cumberbatch, 38, is best known for his portrayals in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Atonement.” He has earned a following known as Cumberbitches for TV series “Sherlock.” This is Cumberbatch’s first Oscar nomination.
Steve Carell, 52, was nominated for the SAG, BAFTA and Golden Globes. The actor is best known for his comic performances in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “The Way Back” and “Crazy Stupid Love.” So far, Carell has collected six Golden Globe nominations and one TV win for “The Office.” This is his first Oscar nomination.
And that’s it for the Oscars 2015 update. For more details coming up about the event, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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