Favorite: Michael Keaton, Birdman, or: (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Other nomination predictions:
1) Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
2) Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
3) Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
4) Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
All five nominees are deserving and even favorite depending on where you read your predictions. David Oyelowo’s performance in Selma may bump Gyllenhaal off, but Nightcrawler has some stellar critical reviews. Bradley Cooper may also find his way on here as the deadliest marksman in American history for American Sniper and there’s also hope for Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as a strung-out 70s private eye in Inherent Vice.