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Oscar Acting Predictions: Adam Driver Leads a Star-Studded Class (Dec. 6)

In part 2 of our preview, we’re jumping into the acting races. This year’s class looks to be absolutely loaded with talent, and that bodes well for the Oscars in 2019. A lot of great young talent puts themselves in the position to earn nominations, but its the veterans and established stars that look to run the table. Adam Driver concludes a massive year, with five films releasing in 2019.

The actor has become the Richard Dreyfus of his generation. Driver was reliable in dialogue-driven roles (The Report), he owns a place in one of the biggest franchises in the world (Star Wars) and he’s continued auteur work (Dead Don’t Die & Marriage Story). He’s got a weirdly likable actor despite playing generally unlikable characters. 2019 feels like an obvious time to reward him, and he’s headlining one of the big contenders of the year. The guys going to win an Oscar someday, but can he hold off the legendary actors biting at his heels? Let’s jump into the predictions.

NOTE: Any awards in Italics means the performer WON the prize from said group.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Predicted Five

Cynthia Erivo — Harriet

Scarlett Johannson — Marriage Story (Altman Award/Indie Spirit)

Saorise Ronan — Little Women

Charlize Theron — Bombshell* PREDICTED WINNER

Renée Zellweger — Judy (Indie, BIFA, AFCC, NBR)

The Next Five

Awkwafina — The Farewell (Gotham)

Elisabeth Moss — Her Smell (Gotham, Indie Spirit)

Lupita Nyong’o — Us (NYFCC)

Mary Kay Place — Diane (Gotham, Indie Spirit)

Alfre Woodard — Clemency (Gotham, Indie Spirit)

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Predicted Five

Antonio Banderas — Pain and Glory (NYFCC)

Robert De Niro — The Irishman

Leonardo DiCaprio — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver —  Marriage Story (Altman Award/Indie Spirit, Gotham, AFCC)* PREDICTED WINNER

Joaquin Phoenix — Joker

The Next Five

Christian Bale — Ford v Ferrari

Taron Egerton — Rocketman

Eddie Murphy — Dolemite is My Name

Jonathan Pryce — The Two Popes

Adam Sandler — Uncut Gems (Gotham, Indie Spirits, NBR)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Predicted Five

Kathy Bates — Richard Jewell

Laura Dern — Marriage Story (Altman Award/Indie Spirit)* PREDICTED WINNER

Jennifer Lopez — Hustlers (Indie Spirit)

Margot Robbie — Bombshell

Zhao Shuzhen — The Farewell (Indie Spirit)

The Next Five

Annette Benning — The Report 

Octavia Spencer — Luce (Indie Spirit)

Thomasin Mackenzie — Jojo Rabbit

Margot Robbie — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Taylor Russell — Waves (Gotham, Indie Spirit)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Predicted Five

Willem Dafoe — The Lighthouse (Gotham, Indie Spirit)

Tom Hanks — A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Al Pacino — The Irishman

Joe Pesci — The Irishman

Brad Pitt — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood *PREDICTED WINNER

The Next Five

Alan Alda — Marriage Story (Altman Award/Indie Spirit)

Sterling K. Brown — Waves

Anthony Hopkins — The Two Popes

Song Kang-ho — Parasite

Shia LaBeouf — Honey Boy (Indie Spirit)

Who are we leaving out of the top of each category? Let us hear in the comments below!

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