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2018 Oscar Predictions: BEST ACTOR (July) – Denzel Washington, Bryan Cranston, Jake Gyllenhaal Rise

No change in the top 3 this month; Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) still holds the top spot with a perfect score, Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread) is at #2 (with an 8-point increase) and Tom Hanks (The Papers) is at #3 (with a point decrease).

The rest of the list sees lots of red and green though. Denzel Washington (Roman Israel, Esq.) is back in the top 5 and Bryan Cranston (Last Flag Flying) lands there for the first time this season. This pushes Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) down to #6 despite his film and its director finding themselves both moving up on their respective charts. Andrew Garfield (Breathe), who was tied at #4 with Chalamet last month, also tumbles. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Current War) drops three spots, Ben Stiller (Brad’s Status) dips one and, after a #11 debut last month, Joaquin Phoenix (You Were Never Really Here) doesn’t seem long for the chart. Benefiting from those drops are Jake Gyllenhaal (Stronger), who moves up four spots to land in the top 10 and Donald Sutherland (The Leisure Seeker), up 2. Chadwick Boseman (Marshall) and Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman) remain in the same spots as last month.

John Boyega (Detroit)and Javier Bardem (mother!) are the debuts this month. With the size of their roles unknown, they each find themselves on both the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor charts. Matt Damon (Downsizing) returns to the chart with a single #10 mention.

Here are the 2018 Oscar predictions for Best Actor for July from the Gold Rush Gang. Keep an eye on all of the Gold Rush Gang’s 2018 Oscar predictions updated LIVE throughout the month.

Green – moves up from last month
Red – moves down from last month
Blue – debut/new entry
Orange – re-entry

BEST ACTOR ERIK
ANDERSON
BRYAN BONAFEDE GREG HOWARD EVAN
KOST
JASON OSIASON KENNETH
POLISHCHUK
DENIZCAN SÜRÜCÜ RICHARD
ANTHONY
ŞÜKRÜ SÖĞÜT MATT DINN TOTAL
POINTS
1 Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 100
2 Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread 2 3 2 2 5 2 3 4 2 3 82
3 Tom Hanks – The Papers 3 7 5 4 6 3 5 6 3 5 63
4 Denzel Washington – Roman Israel, Esq. 2 3 4 2 2 4 2 58
5 Bryan Cranston – Last Flag Flying 7 5 7 2 5 4 3 6 4 56
6 Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name 5 4 8 5 2 7 7 7 7 7 51
7 Andrew Garfield – Breathe 8 6 9 6 6 4 6 5 8 6 46
8 Chadwick Boseman – Marshall 4 4 8 7 6 9 9 10 31
9 Jake Gyllenhaal – Stronger 6 9 8 8 8 16
10 Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Showman 9 9 9 5 12
11 Donald Sutherland – The Leisure Seeker 7 9 8 9
12 Benedict Cumberbatch – The Current War 10 6 10 10 8
13 Ben Stiller – Brad’s Status 9 10 9 5
13 John Boyega – Detroit 9 8 5
15 Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really Here 8 3
16 Charlie Plummer – Lean on Pete 10 10 2
17 Javier Bardem – mother! 10 1
17 Matt Damon – Downsizing 10 1
OTHER CONTENDERS
Adam Sandler – The Meyerowitz Stories
Ali Fazal – Victoria and Abdul
Ben Foster – Galveston
Benicio Del Toro – Soldado
Billy Howle – On Chesil Beach
Chiwetel Ejiofor – Come Sunday
Christian Bale – Hostiles
Colin Farrell – The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Colin Firth – The Mercy
Daniel Craig – Kings
Domhnall Gleeson – Goodbye Christopher Robin
Fionn Whitehead – Dunkirk
Geoffrey Rush – Final Portrait
James McAvoy – Submergence
Jamie Bell – Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Javier Bardem – Escobar
Jonathan Pryce – The Wife
Kevin Spacey – All the Money in the World
Liam Neeson – The Silent Man
Mark Wahlberg – All the Money in the World
Matt Damon – Suburbicon
Michael Douglas – Head Full of Honey
Michael Fassbender – The Snowman
Michael Shannon – The Current War
Ryan Gosling – Blade Runner 2049
Steve Carell – Battle of the Sexes

About Erik Anderson

Erik blames his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched them together since he opened his eyes. They also watched Miss Universe religiously every year (the pageantry!) and Erik came to the conclusion that the combination of these two things ultimately led him down the path to obsessing about awards and ACTRESSING. He began at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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