Oscars 2019 is nearing and boy, it's going to a tight race this time, thanks to the string of mind-blowing string of performances we witnessed this year.
It goes without saying that Rami Malek is leading the race after his unbelievably brilliant portrayal of the iconic Freddie Mercury in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.
However, he does have some serious competition lined up:Christian Bale - Vice
Academy Award winner Christian Bale has gone through a massive transformation in Adam McKay's 'Vice', and we see him as one of the front-runners this awards season.
Bale delivers a distinctive performance as he imitates former Vice President Dick Cheney.
The world is all in praise of Bale's acting here and we now know up to what extent he can strain himself to add weight to his character. Literally, if needed.
Though he didn't receive any nominations for his transformative role in 'The Machinist', we are highly positive of this one, as his magnificence and hard work cannot be ignored.Bradley Cooper - A Star Is Born
Bradley Cooper is in the limelight again after years, thanks to his highly commercial and critically acclaimed film 'A Star Is Born'.
Bradley has not only acted in the film, but has also directed it. This was a performance that was deep and spectacular at every level. As much as the glitter was on Lady Gaga, Cooper effortlessly shifted the spotlight upon him at various junctures in the film.
Cooper's evolution in the film was much of an emotional ride for fans who have always seen him doing the bro-dude characters (apart from the one in 'Silver Linings Playbook'). We predict Cooper to be amongst one of the nominees. Who knows, he might win as well!Viggo Mortensen - Green Book
Peter Farrelly's 'Green Book' is receiving a very clear response from the audience, thanks to Viggo Mortensen's poignant act that has landed him almost to the Academy conversation.
Beyond any doubt, this is Viggo's career-defining performance. Toni (played by Viggo) may have used the N-word in the film, however, that would certainly not reduce his chances of getting nominated for Oscars 2019.
Though Viggo has never been nominated by the Academy, he has won the SAG-AFTRA for 'The Lord of the Rings'.Robert Redford - The Old Man & The Gun
In September this year, Robert Redford announced his retirement from Hollywood leaving his fans disappointed. Redford's last performance as Forrest Tucker in 'The Old Man & the Gun' is now being appreciated.
Robert plays a grandpa with a pistol who escapes a prison and carries out a series of bank robberies.
Though the film's script and direction are being criticized, Redford has strong chances of getting nominated, thanks to his five-decade-long career that may influence the jury about his nomination.Rami Malek - Bohemian Rhapsody
Rami Malek deserves an Oscar for his outstanding performance in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'! Well, this is what people and media outlets are tweeting these days.
Malek has added the absolute proportions of boldness, madness, and depth while playing Freddie Mercury, a timeless icon! For some, the film is too much to absorb, for others Rami is the real Queen!
It is interesting to note that 'Bohemian Rhapsody' hasn't received any lukewarm responses and has now become the highest grossing music biopic that has ever been made. Rami Malek can be a game changer, and we are entirely positive about his nomination.Honourable Mentions
Hugh Jackman – The Front Runner
John C. Reilly - Stan & Ollie
Ryan Gosling – First Man
Stephan James - If Beale Street Could Talk
Clint Eastwood – The Mule
Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased
Ethan Hawke – First Reformed