Oscar Eye: Gravity And Captain Phillips Prepare For Box Office Tests

By Katey Rich 2013-09-30 15:03:53discussion comments
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The fact that there are already five Likely Contenders, and with several big deals (like Wolf of Wall Street) yet to be seen, suggests this could be a very tight race, especially since the reviews from all five top contenders so far have been ecstatic. And going back to what we were saying last week about narratives, every one of these guys has a strong one: Bruce Dern and Robert Redford are both veterans with zero acting Oscars, Matthew McConaughey is the comeback kid with a string of great recent performances behind him, Tom Hanks is the beloved industry standout doing his best work in decades, and Chiwetel Ejiofor is a hardworking up-and-comer boldly reflecting on a dark corner of history. And that's without even seeing what Leonardo DiCaprio might bring to the table. Watch this space .

MORTAL LOCK

NONE
 
LIKELY CONTENDER

Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost
 
STILL IN THE RUNNING

Christian Bale, American Hustle
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Idris Elba, Mandela
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her
Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels' The Butler
 
OUTSIDE CHANCE

Christian Bale, Out of the Furnace
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Fifth Estate
Chris Hemsworth, Rush
Hugh Jackman, Prisoners
Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Ben Stiller, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
 
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