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Oscar Nominees 2012: Best Actor
We assess the pros and cons for this year’s Academy Award nominees

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Oscar Nominees 2012: Best Actor | Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Why It Will Win

  He absolutely carries The Artist, and does so without dialogue, a stunning achievement. With all the love lavished on the film, it would be downright weird not to acknowledge Dujardin’s key role.
  He won the Screen Actors Guild award for his performance, which is not a bad sign. And he’s the only man on the list who could possibly out-charm Clooney in a tuxedo.
  Holly Hunter won for The Piano, and she didn’t talk. So, y’know, it’s not necessarily a bar to a win. And foreign actors have done well in recent years: Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Christoph Waltz.



 Why It Won't Win

  He’s up against stiff competition on away turf, and foreign actors still don’t have particularly high numbers of wins in this category.
  He’s French. Nobody likes the French.
  The trailers for his latest French film, Les Infidels, are very saucy. If some of the older Academy voters see them, they’ll be too shocked to vote for him.


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1 Brad Pitt
It’s only his third nomination; there’s plenty of time and there’ll be more to come. Pitt’s career has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. Also, the bastard comes home to Angelina Jolie every night: he doesn’t need an Oscar too I LOL'd, bravo Empire! :D More

Posted by Zubi Q on Sunday February 19, 2012, 13:55

2 Jean Dujardin
I know SAG's always a good indicator, but he's also won Globe, BAFTA & Best Actor at Cannes which must surely count for something? More

Posted by mrsstifler on Tuesday February 14, 2012, 16:12

3 Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Dear Empire you say - He’s won Best Supporting Actor previously, but it seems odd that such a huge figure in the town doesn’t also have a Best Actor statuette. Is this correct as I don't remember Jean Dujardin winning? Cheers, Al. More

Posted by Alan Hill on Tuesday February 14, 2012, 12:07

4 Gary Oldman's pissed.
Gary Oldman to win because he's "Batman's best friend?" For an actor as talented and brilliant as Gary, I wouldv'e thought Empire could have come up with a better reason than THAT. I mean, jeez. More

Posted by TheMovieAddict101 on Monday February 13, 2012, 21:23

5 Anyways.
It really should be Dujardin taking home the main price. I didn't think Clooney's turn was all that terrific in "The Descendants" and though I acknowledge that Oldman delivered a very fine perfomance I just don't see him win. In my opinion it's either Clooney or Dujardin and then my sympathies are with J.D. More

Posted by maleachi on Sunday February 12, 2012, 15:32

6 Jean Dujardin
The third argument "Why it will win" (which should be "why HE will win", surely) has been copied from Clooney's page. Also, he's not only won the SAG award, but also the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy/musical. More

Posted by Dropje on Sunday February 12, 2012, 10:52

7 If being in Harry Potter means you won't win an Oscar...
...then that's pretty much it for the majority of the British Film Industry at the Oscars for at least a decade. More

Posted by kickpuncher on Saturday February 11, 2012, 12:41

I haven't seen all these movies so I can't really have a say. But having seen and liked the artist I can't understand why or how he got a nomination. It is not a bad performance but it is very theatrical. Like he is acting infront of little children. Over dramatic. I understand that the role demands smt like that becuse it is a "silent movie" but I've seen him before and it is the way he is acting. The movie as a whole actually although I liked it the moment I heard about the nominations I LOLed because this movie, charming as it is. Should not be up there. Why did it get any attention to begin with? because it is made the way movies were made 100 years ago? I understand that they want to give an academy award to Pitt and Oldman cos they own it to them but the movie with Oldman was terrible. I loved the one minute movie version of it on the empire competition by the way! The cast was great but it was one of those movies you forget and nobody who watched it will see it again.More

Posted by smakris04 on Saturday February 11, 2012, 08:18

9 Best Actor
It's a travesty that Gary Oldman has never even been nominated, so it'd be great to see him win, but Clooney's performance in The Descendants really was terrific, and considering he's never won Best Actor I think he deserves it. More

Posted by Whistler on Friday February 10, 2012, 20:17

If there was any justice it would Oldman and it wouldn't be one of those here you are for your body of work Oscars like Marty got for the Departed it would be an award for arguably one of if not the finest performances of his career. Oldman is riveting and the fact Alfredson and Hardy or Cumberbatch aren't up for their respective awards goes to show the Academy don't know jack! My favourite film of last year and simply a masterpiece! More

Posted by agent cooper on Friday February 10, 2012, 19:58

11 jean dujardin - Empire makes mistake!
he hasn't won best supporting actor before, has he?? for what? surely, that's wrong as this is his first proper english language film, and Oscar does really like foreign speaking movies (hence the token category) More

Posted by Count Karnstein on Friday February 10, 2012, 19:40

12 Not to be picky but...
Shouldn't that say 'Why HE will win'??? More

Posted by MissOrange on Friday February 10, 2012, 18:37

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