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Actor in a Lead Role

  • Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

    • This was an incredible performance in a tough movie. Highly recommend one watching (suspect, like me, you'll eschew a second viewing) as it really does give us a listening, if you will, of what the hearing impaired experience. Definitely worthy. Definitely won't win. Because:

  • Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    • Let's be clear: he will win. He would've won even if he was still alive. This was the best performance of his career and unique compared to his other work. 

  • Anthony Hopkins, The Father

    • His Nixon performance was robbed in '96 thanks to our Oscar-love for drugs/alcohol/death. He was brilliant here, both sympathetic and difficult, properly capturing what so many go through with dementia. Wouldn't be sad if he won, but he won't.

  • Gary Oldman, Mank

    • This guy plays so many different roles do differently, I'm not sure I know he's in the movie unless I've read it in advance. And I'm not just saying that because he's a guy who's stuck in a bed drinking and I'm jealous.

  • Steven Yeun, Minari 

    • Back-from-the-dead-Glenn proves he's a real actor, not just a good looking prop in a zombie TV show. This was a great movie that needs more people to watch it!

Democratic Response

40% White guys?  That's a start.  Literally, anyone else.

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Republican Response

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You happy?  You got a black guy, an oriental (oh, sorry....forgot)    an Oriental, whatever the hell the deaf guy is and a couple of repressed white guys.  Guess which two are not going to win?  You heard it here first.

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