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2018 Oscar Predictions: BEST ACTOR – Gary Oldman Charges Through

What more is there to say about Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour from Focus Features) and is security as the next Best Actor Oscar winner? He has the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild awards. He only has BAFTA to lock down and really, it’s not like their not going to give this to him, he’s playing one of Britain’s most respected leaders of all time.

But it’s who’s in second place (right now) that might surprise. It’s not Timothée Chalamet (Sony Pictures Classics’ Call Me By Your Name) as its been all season, it’s Daniel Day-Lewis Phantom Thread, also from Focus Features. Not by much, but still significant. Phantom Thread‘s extraordinary over-performance on nomination morning, earning Best Picture and Director nominations, plus the possibility of it being DDL’s swan song tips him over by just two points. If there is an upset in the making for Oldman it might be Day-Lewis. It’s worth noting that no Best Actor has ever won without being SAG nominated first, which DDL wasn’t. But, this season has been filled with hurdles that need jumping that are, and could, happen.

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Here are the Best Actor winner predictions from the Gold Rush Gang for Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

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 3 2 4 2 2 2 2 4 2 2 85
3 Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name 2 3 2 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 83
4 Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 72
5 Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq. 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 60

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself 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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