Oscars 2022 Predictions: Who Will Be Named Best Actor?

Welcome to Oscar Experts Typing, a weekly column featured in the editors and experts at Gold Derby Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen discuss the Oscar race – Slack, of course. This week we’re debating whether Smith is an advantage in the race for best actor.

Christopher Rosen: Hello Joyce! It is Friday, Timothee Chalamet Fans are ready for a great weekend with the long awaited releases of “Dune” and “The French Dispatch” Beyonce‘s best contender for original song “Be Alive”. What time to … be alive? I’ve been with “King Richard” since the premiere of the Telluride Film Festival and the new teaser can’t tarnish my enthusiasm. It sells the movie I saw – a gripping crowd puller with a huge one Will Smith A performance that just sits there waiting to win as the best actor. But the trailer does a few other things as well: it provides a glimpse into Aunjanue Ellis how Oracle price, the matriarch of the Williams family, a brief moment for Jon Bernthal shine as Rick Macci, and of course the Queen Bey who brings the inspiration. I have already nominated “King Richard” for picture, director for Reinaldo Marcus Green, Screenplay and Smith and Ellis. But I’m ready to go and have Bernthal with me, as well as the make-up, the score, and the song. But what do you think, Joyce, as our tennis expert? Do I lose double mistakes with this confidence?

Joyceeng: Well, as you heard from me yesterday, I am initially appalled and insulted that Wimbledon is mispronounced as “Wimbleton”. I literally had to stop the trailer to vent and calm myself down. To be fair, a lot of people get it wrong – although I don’t see how, because it’s spelled with a “D” rather than a “T” – and if this were a movie about something else, I’d just go with that To roll one’s eyes . However, this is a tennis movie! About the rise of two sports icons, one of which is the GOAT. An unforgivable, not enforced mistake. It’s like they haven’t even seen the 2004 Emmy nominee classic Wimbledon Paul Bettany and one of Ellis’ potential rivals, Kirsten Dunst. Okay, scold. I don’t have “King Richard” in as many categories as you do, but I’m cautiously optimistic about his chances since his Telluride reaction last month. It has the potential to be a breakout hit, and I imagine it’s a contender for the top five pictures. Gotta hear the whole song, but maybe voters will finally be influenced by Bey (or the prospect of her going up against them) Jay-Zwho has a tune in “The Harder They Fall”). I had all three of Smith, Ellis, and Bernthal the whole time, with Smith winning. The consensus as the best actor in the top 3 is he, Denzel Washington for “The Tragedy of Macbeth” and Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Power of the Dog”. I can make an argument for each of them taking home the gold, and while the latter two are supposedly showing “serious” and “more prestigious” films, Smith can – don’t hate me – move in. Rami Malek: Win for a transformative twist in a crowd favorite. Do you think this is a routine win for the Fresh Prince?

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Christopher Rosen: Joyce, as I confessed to you yesterday: I’m one of those WimbleTON people. To blame for years of listening to WFAN and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo? I don’t know what else to say. But let’s get to the real task: comparing Will to Rami is a big blow to me (justice to Jackson Maine forever), but I’ll allow it. I think of it this way: If Rami were to win over a crowd puller who was bad and was also staged by someone who was turned down by the cast during that awards season, imagine what Will would do with a good film by a young director along the way. I agree that Washington and Cumberbatch are running behind. Then I think things get a little mushy. I had Peter Dinklage and Andrew Garfield in these last two places basically since Telluride. Nothing makes me want to make changes – and I expect everyone to get more buzz than the respective films over the next month – but is it locked up as I think? We saw the trailer for “Being the Ricardos” this week and I’ve been wondering if Javier Bardem has a real chance of being nominated. It’s been a while since Bardem, once a seemingly regular at the Oscars, was back at the dance. We know transformations are always a valuable commodity – check out Rami! So should we start making some room on the list?

Joyceeng: The Rami comparison is in retaliation for the crime of mispronunciation, so let’s call it two. I added Dinklage to my five yesterday to keep up with the top three above and one invisible Leonardo Dicaprio in “Don’t Look Up,” but the last two spots can be done in different ways. To be honest, I haven’t really given Bardem a lot of thought so far, just because I think most of us up until this week’s teaser was thinking the film was more, despite its title Lucille Ball/Nicole Kidman-centered (although that could probably just be a result of the outrage over her casting). Bardem doesn’t really look like that Desi Arnaz either, and we both discussed earlier this week that we don’t care about perfect imitations, but if the film lands it has a chance. At the moment I would put him in the bottom half of the top 10. And if he does it, he and Penelope Cruz could get his and hers nouns! Adorable. When I added Dinklage I dropped Jackson Maine himself Bradley Cooper, for another invisible strip, “Nightmare Alley”. You don’t have it either, of course, but it’s in fifth place on the odds and many people are predicting double bids for “Licorice Pizza” here and in Support, where it comes in second. Do you see him returning to the executive suite? Maybe it’s time … does he win?

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Christopher Rosen: I think if you’d asked me ahead of the season who would win this year, I would have picked Cooper. He feels overdue for a win and with two big blows, why not him? But I’m not sure he has the goods – and that won’t change until we see one or both of these films. As in Ben Affleck on “The Last Duel” I think that a conspicuous role like “Licorice Pizza” can only help Cooper’s candidacy for “Nightmare Alley”. But even if he walks in, I find it hard to believe he could beat Smith, let alone Washington or Cumberbatch. So let me leave you with one from the last row: Can you imagine a world on this planet or Arrakis in which Timothee Chalamet steps in for my precious “dune”? In true WFAN fashion, I hang up and take my answer off the air.

Joyceeng: I put it this way: if Charlize Theron hardly got any traction for “Mad Max: Fury Road”, Timmy (and his Stans) should live up to their expectations (he ranks 20th on the ratings). And we all remember when he was snubbed for “Beautiful Boy” after hitting all the predecessors, so it’s not that he can easily pocket nouns for weak movies, like Jennifer Lawrence did for “joy”. “Dune” is going to be a craft bull, but this category is also full of high profile names and movies. Maybe his golden ticket (#sorrynotsorry) is “Wonka”.

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