Monday, February 1, 2010

Best Actor

Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"
Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"

Four performances have dominated this race and show no signs of budging: George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth, and Morgan Freeman all received the trifecta of Golden Globe, SAG Award, and Broadcast Film Critics Association nominations. Tobey Maguire also landed a Globe nod for "Brothers," but the film has taken some knocks from critics, which hurts his chances; ditto BFCA nominee Viggo Mortensen for the drama "The Road." In a race with another onscreen soldier, Ben Foster (so raw and moving in "The Messenger"), I think the last spot goes to Jeremy Renner. With victories at SAG, the Golden Globes, and the Broadcast Critics Awards, Bridges is certainly the guy to beat.


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