#FilmNominations2014 : Best Actor


The one category that stood out from the rest during this year’s awards season was best actor. The sheer quality, quantity and diversity of candidates were such that even doubling the number of nomination slots wouldn’t have make justice to all the deserving ones. Among them, career best performances by Channing Tatum as the Olympic wrestler in ‘Foxcatcher’ or John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as the veteran gay couple whose comfortable life takes a turn for the worst after getting married in ‘Love Is Strange’.

Register changes as extraordinary as they were unexpected from Ralph Fiennes and his comic turn in ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ or Joaquin Phoenix druggy, hippy PI of ‘Inherent Vice’, next to such memorable moments as Philip Seymour Hoffman’s swansong role as Le Carre’s spy of ‘A Most Wanted Man’; Jack O’Connell’s violent young inmate of ‘Starred Up’; Brendan Gleeson’s priest under death treat in the dark tragic comedy ‘Cavalry’; Haluk Bilginer’s pompous retired intellectual turned owner of a secluded hotel in ‘Winter Sleep’ or Pierre Deladonchamps’ falling for the dangerous appeal of a mysterious man appearing on a cruising site where killings begin to happen in ‘Stranger By The Lake’ and last, but not least, Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar frontrunner, impressive Stephen Hawkins impersonation in ‘The Theory Of Everything’. Any other year all of those actors could have easily earned not just nominations, but the actual prizes.

The outstanding works that made our final shortlist were David Oyelowo’s heartfelt portrait of the strengths and weaknesses of Martin Luther King in ‘Selma’; Jake Gyllenhaal’s frightening turn as the creepy entrepreneur getting ahead in the murky business of news in ‘Nightcrawler’; Michael Keaton’s self-referencing part as the actor consumed by the popularity of his superhero role hoping for a comeback with a theatre production in ‘Birdman’; Oscar Isaac as the ambitious self-made businessman in early 80s NY trying to keep troubles at bay and reputation and appearances up against mafia like competitors in ‘A Most Violent Year’; Steve Carell’s surprisingly serious turn as the billionaire who killed the athlete he hired to manage his sponsored Olympic Wrestling team in ‘Foxcatcher’; Timothy Spall’s remarkable recreation of British painter ‘Mr. Turner’s’ complex personality and Tom Hardy’s one man show in the deceitfully simple thriller ‘Locke’.

Check interviews with the nominees below and vote for your favourite here


JAKE GYLLENHAAL (Nightcrawler)


OSCAR ISAAC (A Most Violent Year

STEVE CARELL (Foxcatcher)



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