Why these actors deserve the nomination for Best Actor, Oscars 2015

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The much-awaited awards season has begun with a bang. The Internet is buzzing with excitement as the Academy Awards 2015 is just a couple of weeks away. With a slew of exciting films in the race, the Oscar nominations have lit up the stratosphere in showbiz. Movie buffs and social media have gone into a tizzy. Some agree with the nominations, others have strong reservations. And since the excitement is piling up, we begin by taking a look at the nominations for the hottest contended awards – Best Actor.

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Steve Carell, Foxcatcher: The actor slapped on the prosthetics for his role as John du Pont in the movie Foxcatcher. Steve Carell, mostly known in the global film industry for his comic roles, was seen in a completely different avatar. His startling transformation as a psychotic chemical empire heir with a raging mother complex in the true crime-drama, has managed to win over the critics and garner a best actor nomination. Not often do we see comedic actors move so effortlessly into the dark, dramatic terrain. With Carell already bagging the best actor award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and a Golden Globe nomination, this one is hotly contested.

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Bradley Cooper, American Sniper: While he was mostly ignored at the Golden Globes, the Academy seems to have taken note of Bradley Cooper in the film American Sniper. Cooper was sensational as Chris Kyle – a real-life Navy Seal, who earned the reputation of being the most lethal sharpshooter in US history. Directed by Clint Eastwood, the movie steers clear of mindless jingoism and sees Cooper in his grittiest role ever. And yes, being on the sets with Eastwood is as good as attending the best film schools. With the movie also getting a nod for best film, Cooper is definitely a red-hot contender.

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Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game: The Sherlock Holmes star gave a stunning performance as Alan Turing in the real-life historical drama, The Imitation Game. Responsible for decoding the Nazi code ‘Enigma’ that helped the Allies win World War II, Turing was later prosecuted for being homosexual. Cumberbatch gave a stunning performance and received much love at other award ceremonies, including a Golden Globe nomination. Cumberbatch is one to watch out for this Oscars.

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Michael Keaton, Birdman: What a glorious, glorious comeback for actor Michael Keaton. As a washed-up Hollywood star popular for his superhero film Birdman, Keaton plays Riggin Thomson, trying to make an ‘acting’ comeback on Broadway. For his stunning portrayal, Keaton totally deserves the nomination for best actor. There is a hint of realism in his performance, what with Keaton himself being considered a washed-up star of the popular Batman series. In the film, he is desperate, courageous and deluded at the same time. Keaton’s performance is one to study at the acting film school.

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Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything: Everyone loves Stephen Hawking. And the Academy does so too. Eddie Redmayne playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, is brilliant. He perfectly channels the indomitable spirit of Hawking captured in a dysfunctional body. Redmayne brings earnestness to Hawking’s character, who suffers from motor neuron disease, making it convincing as he battles between pain and optimism. Adapting a real life story can never be a piece of cake. Especially when the subject of the biopic is still alive. So the film is a good study for students at film schools across the world.

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