Winning after nearly 30 awards of the season, including Golden Globe, Screen Actors Association and Critics’ Choice Award, shows Chadwick Boseman a clear favorite for the Actor Oscar Best performance for his latest performance in George C. Wfe’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Competing with him on the shortlist has never represented diversity: two Academy Award-winning acting gurus, Anthony Hopkins (The Father) and Gary Oldman (Mank), among those who used to be Oscar debut as Steven Yeun (Minari) and Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal).
“One of the most important, if not the most important, roles for an African American actor”: this is how Viola Davis (competing among the lead actresses) defines the character played by Boseman. starring in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a theatrical adaptation of the August Wilson-signed drama, dedicated to the character Ma Rainey, is considered the mother of blues music. The Black Panther performer, who passed away in August at the age of 43 due to a tumor, in the film gave Levee, a talented but cocky and rebellious trumpeter in Ma Rainey’s group. If Boseman wins, it will be the second time in the history of the Academy, the Academy Award has been awarded after being awarded the Best Actor category: the first was in 1977 with the statue of Peter Finch for the film. Fifth Estate.
Anthony Hopkins, 83, who won the statue at the first nomination in 1992 for his iconic Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, returned to the competition for the sixth time at the Academy Awards, with a profound and powerful performance in The Father – Nothing. That was the sound of Florian Zeller and Olivia Colman. Hopkins (who recently won the Bafta Prize) in the film is Anthony, at the age of eighty, who increasingly loses touch with reality due to senile dementia. “When I read the script, I immediately said yes – Hopkins told NPR – that was also my reaction to reading the Sheeps Silence script.”
Three years after winning the Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman returned to the race for his real-life character interpretation, screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz in David Fincher’s Mank. An actor’s challenge has also sparked confusion among some critics because Oldman, 62, was nearly 20 years older than Mankiewicz during the film’s recounting period, who wrote the screenplay for Four Estate. The reliefs show the actor’s impressive inner abilities, also highlighted by Fincher’s request not to wear makeup or wig to make him look more like Mankiewicz.
The years of college, from a degree in psychology with a major in neuroscience, are also the merits that made Steven Yeun, born in Seoul and raised in the US, discovered an interest in acting. Since then, his career has grown largely thanks to the international success achieved with his portrayal of Glenn Rhee in The Walking Dead and films like Burning by Lee Chang-dong. In Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari, Yeun is Jacob, an immigrant from South Korea hoping to realize his own version of the American dream with his family. The actor loves Minari “the fact that he tells the Asian-American experience without making up – he told The Guardian – or needs a white American presence to justify the conspiracy”
Riz Ahmed, born in 1982, came in thanks to the powerful key as not having a victim that he portrayed his character in Darius Marder’s The sound of metal. In the film, the Pakistani-born British actor, who won the Emmy Award for The Night Of, is Ruben, a heroin-addicted metal guitarist, suddenly suffering from severe hearing loss, getting worse and unable to recover. A performance is also built upon months of preparation, both to be a reliable drummer and to learn the best sign language. “Ahmed’s approach to work and life does not go beyond easy options – the director explains -. Discovery and growth are at the heart of him.”