Countdown to the Oscars: Best Actor

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For decades, the contenders for Best Actor have read like ingredients from a recipe:

-2 Stars from Big Studio Productions

-1 Star from an Independent Production

-1 Star from a Biographical Drama

-1 Rising Star (British, if available in season)

Mix ingredients in a large fish bowl

Bake for 6 weeks on high heat

Hope the mixture rises and the result doesn’t taste like regret

This year’s recipe: Leonardo DiCaprio & Matt Damon in big studio productions? Check. Bryan Cranston in an independent feature? Got it. Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs? Yup. Need to recognize a rising young actor? Oh, we had Eddie Redmayne last year and he tasted good—let’s get him again.

Were there other actors that the Academy could’ve picked up at the store? Sure. Jake Gyllenhal in Southpaw, Michael B. Jordan in Creed, Samuel L. Jackson in The Hateful Eight, maybe even Tom Hanks…

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