Actor Laurence Olivier believed, “The actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand.” So, which of our Academy Award Best Actor Nominees created the biggest universe?
Was it everyone’s All-American, Lincoln? Golden Globe winner Daniel Day-Lewis, with five nominations now under belt, could walk away with his third Oscar for his performance as the 16th President of the United States. Then there’s first-time nominee Bradley Cooper, whose universal sky has been clear blue following his performance as a bipolar man involved with an emotionally-challenged woman (Jennifer Lawrence) in Silver Linings Playbook. Denzel Washington took a challenging Flight to the Best Actor category, playing a media hero who lands a plane while under the influence. Can he influence the voters? Then there’s the always-entertaining Golden Globe winner Hugh Jackman, playing an ex-con on the run with a song in his heart in Les Miserables. Should voters put him out of his musical misery? Finally, Joaquin Phoenix was The Master in the role of a disturbed, hard-drinking drifter looking for guidance. Will Oscar show him the award-winning way?
Smart money seems to be on Daniel Day-Lewis, but the Hollywood universe has taught us there is no sure thing (only nervous studio executives).
Find the answers February 24th when the Academy Awards illuminate our television screens and be sure to stop by next Wednesday for a look at this year’s list of Best Actress nominees…