You may have heard the news that Sunday night was a very special night for one of our favourite Hollywood couples. The gorgeous couple, Robert Pattinson and Zac Efron, were both nominated for an Oscar for their amazing performances in the film, ‘The Lost Symbol’. For months we’ve been waiting to see who will win this year’s biggest gold statue, and last night’s winners ceremony was definitely a nail-biter. After watching the movie a couple of times now, we think we know who will prevail in the end. The couple’s chemistry is incredible, and we’re sure that their passionate love for each other shone through on screen. We can’t help but feel that Robert’s portrayal of Professor Robert Langdon was flawless, and it’s amazing to see how a supporting role can turn into such a grand prize. But who will win the golden statue for best actress? Who will win the big prize in the end? Let’s have a look at the stats and find out…
This year’s best actor contender is a race between Bradley Cooper, Ethan Hawke and Robert Pattinson. All three men are fantastic in their roles, but we think that Robert has the edge. While Ethan’s and Bradley’s performances were incredible, we can’t help but feel that Robert’s portrayal of Robert Langdon was the best of the three. Although Robert didn’t get many scenes with his character, we always felt that he owned the screen whenever he appeared. The audience loved him, and it showed. While Ethan and Bradley’s performances were phenomenal, it’s clear that Robert’s passion for the role seeped into his every aspect of his role. Just check out these two movies, and it will become very clear what we mean:
Ethan Hawke won the award for best actor last year for ‘Boyhood’, but it took the Academy a while to catch up with cinematic history. This year, Ethan is back with another incredible performance as Warren Buffett in ‘The Story of Buffett’. While the film is inspired by true events, it’s not really a biopic about the famous business tycoon, Warren Buffett. Instead it’s a character study on what makes the billionaire tick. We’ve seen countless movies about business world, but few that really zeroed in on the complexities of the human heart. Even though Warren Buffett is not played by Ethan Hawke in this movie, we still think that it’s one of his greatest performances. Not only does he show us the best parts of Buffett’s life, but he also reveals the inner workings of the great man’s mind. It’s not often that we get to see such an intimate look into the mind of a genius, and it’s really something special when it happens in the form of a fictionalized story.
This year’s other best actor Oscar winner is Timothée Chalamet, who portrayed the titular character, a 12-year-old boy, in the movie, ‘Beautiful Boy’. Timothée is already a household name in France, where the film was shot, but he is less well-known to North American audiences. Despite that, we feel that he is one of the best young actors in Hollywood. While some might argue that the role of a lifetime was handed to Robert Pattinson, it’s clear that Timothée stole the show. Timothée is only 12 years old, and he played the role with such grace and charm that it was difficult not to fall in love with him on sight. We absolutely adore the way he portrayed an adorable, sensitive boy, and it’s clear that he has a bright future ahead of him.
It’s no secret that Scarlett Johansson was the favourite to win the Best Actress Oscar this year for her portrayal of female lead, Lupita Nyong’o, in ‘Black Panther’. Unfortunately, the Academy never really got the opportunity to reward Scarlett, as on the night of the awards she had to drop a bombshell about the Trump/Russia scandal (she did not attend the ceremony due to an upcoming role in a Brad Pitt movie). Though she’s one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood, we don’t think that she will win the award this year for her portrayal of Lupita. Even if she does end up winning, it won’t be the best performance she has ever given. That title still belongs to Jessica Chastain, who gave an incredible performance as journalist Marie Colvin in ‘Mojave Crossing’. The performance earned her critical acclaim and a place on many best lists for 2017. We can’t help but feel that after her portrayal of Marie Colvin, Jessica will never be the same again. It’s the type of performance that will stick with her for the rest of her career. Though Jessica did attend the ceremony for ‘Black Panther’, she could not take the stage with her co-star due to Hurricane Harvey.
The two performances that we think are most likely to win are Viola Davis’s portrayal of Virginia Johnson in ‘What Happened, Miss Jane?’ and Glenn Close as Ivy League college senior, Daisy Beth Jenkins, in ‘Wonderstruck’. Both performances were incredible, and it’s clear that these two talented actresses have a chance to finally take home the golden statue. Though there is no clear frontrunner at the moment, we think that these two women will be battling it out for the top spot this year. If you haven’t seen ‘What Happened, Miss Jane?’ yet, go watch it right now, as it’s one of the best movies of the year, and it’s also a movie that will stick with you for the rest of your life. Daisy’s story is one of the most incredible tragedies you’ll ever come across in your life. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but you’ll never forget her. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have Glenn Close’s character, Daisy Jenkins. We’ve seen characters that are both charming and despicable, and Daisy is somewhere in the middle. She’s a strong-willed woman who refuses to accept any sort of setback, good or bad. She is also incredibly intelligent and passionate, and we think that these two ladies have a great deal in common. We can’t help but feel that both of these performances will have something to say about a once-great actress and her downfall. It’s an incredibly tragic story, but you’ll be amazed by how much it will affect you once you watch it. Though she is widely regarded as one of the greatest actresses of her generation, we don’t think that Glenn Close has ever given a performance that was as powerful and affecting as her portrayal of Daisy Beth Jenkins.
The Lost Symbol
While we wait for the winners of the 2017 Oscars to be announced, we can take a look back at some of the biggest winners of the night and try to figure out who will walk away with the gold statue. It’s time for us to go back to the beginning and reevaluate our favourites from last year. While we were on the fence about whether to include this year’s biggest winner or not, it’s apparent that it belongs in the running for one of the biggest prizes. The performance of the year, as far as we’re concerned, came from none other than Robert Pattinson and Zac Efron in ‘The Lost Symbol’. It’s amazing how one scene, in particular, turned into such a memorable moment. The scene in question comes at the end, when Robert Langdon (Pattinson) finds himself confronted by a mysterious enemy. As the two men battle it out in the snowy woods, it becomes apparent that they are both powerful wizards, who are not planning on giving up easily. While you might expect that Robert would turn out to be the winner of this epic duel, it’s one of the bravest and most heartbreaking scenes we’ve ever seen. Though Robert and Zac’s performances were incredible, it’s the little things that they do, such as the hand-holding and intimate moments, that make this scene so special. This was a performance that earned them both critical acclaim and a spot on many best lists for 2017. Though it was a heartbreaking sight to see, it was also a scene that you’ll never forget. These two men deserve all the credit for turning this seemingly ordinary scene into an unforgettable performance.