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Eight Experts, three Editors and 18 of the Top 24 users have the same lineup of men in their Oscar predictions for Best Actor: Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”), Tom Hanks (“Captain Phillips”), Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Robert Redford (“All is Lost”). We are a month away from nominations, but this category is apparently a foregone conclusion. Or is it? Right now, it seems unfathomable that any one of these five fellows should miss out on an Oscar bid.  Dern gives what is probably his best performance in three decades and he won the best actor prize at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, as well as the National Board of Review. Ejiofor is the star of the Best Picture frontrunner. Hanks is a likeable actor, two-time Academy Award winner and five-time nominee with performances in two awards-friendly films this season. “ »


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