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6. Best Actor: Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"
Despite their now seemingly negligible chances, there are two names that would give me a rush of pleasure to hear when that Best Actor envelope opens: Gary Oldman or Brad Pitt, particularly the later. I’ve mentioned some of my thoughts on Pitt’s performance as well as “Moneyball” as a film previously. But I do feel it’s worth noting one more time, however, that this is a film and a portrayal I believe we will come to appreciate with more depth as time passes. Pitt slides so easily and fully into the skin of his character, Billy Beane, that we simply forget that he is acting. This is, to my mind, the strength of his performance, and reason enough to hope against hope that maybe his movie star moxie helped force the hand of voters who were equally impressed by his reconciliation of that with his clear talents as a thespian. --Roth Cornet