Will Colin be crowned 'King' or are Franco's 'Days' of waiting over?
Will Colin Firth reign with his second chance at Oscar?
A year ago, Colin Firth was sitting pretty after winning the Venice Film Festival best actor award for his work in "A Single Man." And besides some expected competition from Daniel Day-Lewis in "Nine," which obviously never transpired, and adoration for George Clooney's turn in "Up in the Air" Firth was considered the frontrunner in the best actor race. Then November hit and all hell broke loose.
Fox Searchlight surprised everyone by deciding to release "Crazy Heart" in December and Jeff Bridges boarded a rocking' freight train all the way to his first and long-deserved Academy Award. Seven months later, Firth is back with a performance just as impressive in "The King's Speech" and once again has been labeled the front runner. Will he get duped by a surprise last minute addition to the race? Can Jeff Bridges win back to back? Will James Franco pull an upset? Can Leonardo DiCaprio finally win? Is Jesse Eisenberg a stealth candidate? Probably not to all those questions. Instead, Firth's role as King George VI should coast him to a win just as Helen Mirren's royal turn as "The Queen" saw her take home Oscar gold over three years ago. Then again, if history has taught us anything it's to "never say never" when it comes to the Academy Awards or awards season.
Therefore, with that in mind, peruse these potential best actor nominees and decide for yourself if there is a race to be had in one of Oscar's most prestigious categories.