Matt Damon for Invictus
Woody Harrelson for The Messenger
Christopher Plummer for The Insider
Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds
A few months ago, this would have been a serious race between two of the contenders. Really, up until anyone with a Twitter or blog saw The Lovely Bones, Stanley Tucci was the major frontrunner to take the prize. After seeing that performance, I would argue strongly for his inclusion, but for his role in Julie & Julia instead. Due to the poor reviews for Peter Jackson’s horrendous film, Tucci will have to give up his leading place in the category to Mr Waltz.
Deservedly, Christoph Waltz is going to win this prize. By such a long distance is he the best of those nominated, it would be a farcical outcome for anyone else to take home the prize. Only Samuel L Jackson stands alongside Waltz in the pantheon of Tarantino films as an actor completely compatible with his dialogue. His imprint on the film is indelible and no one can compete.
Plummer’s nomination is probably deserved, but I’ve not seen his film. The lack of excitement around that film, however, excludes him from the running. Matt Damon is fine in Invictus, but it’s more about the actual character rather than the performance while Harrelson’s film won’t have been seen by nearly enough people for him to compete. It’s Waltz’s moment.
Predicted Winner: Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds