The Lead Actor race is heating up, with four of the five spots looking sewn up (Cumberbatch, Keaton, Oyelowo & Redmayne), but that fifth spot is, or at least was, looking like a battle between Carell, Spall and Cooper. Carell has been mentioned nowhere really, and Cooper's reviews don't illicit immediate faith, so I'm starting to think they don't matter anymore. Spall has the prestige factor and the passion from a select group, and he's charming as all get out (and overdue for some sort of mention), but his film isn't an easy one to embrace (from what I hear) and so I'm wondering if he may wind up on the outside looking in.
Which brings me to Brendan Gleeson. Back in April, when Josh and I revealed our first predictions of the year, I had Gleeson in my predictions. My exact reasoning was this:
based on some stupid ass dream I had where Gleeson became a thing and because I love him I decided to pretend that my dreams mean something.
Now, I'm not dreaming this anymore because Gleeson has, kind of out of nowhere, become a thing. First, he won the BIFA over the likes of Cumberbatch and Spall. He also snagged a win out of BOFCS and he's been nominated today from OFCS and PFCS. He also has an EFA nomination, and he could very well win that as well. While these could be seen as small potatoes, his name is continually popping up, and in a field where their is only one spot left, popularity is a big deal. Spall has NYFCC and the Cannes win, which is big, but Calvary is an easier film to digest, and those who have seen it have noted that Gleeson gives possibly the best performance of the year.
I haven't seen it yet, but this is a nomination I could get behind 100%!