Cannes awards preview: What will win, and what should
Who will get the gold from Steven Spielberg and his fellow jurors?
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Will win: Michael Douglas, "Behind the Candelabra"
Should win: Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, "Behind the Candelabra"
Other possibilities: Oscar Isaac, "Inside Llewyn Davis"; Toni Servillo, "The Great Beauty"; Bruce Dern (and Will Forte), "Nebraska"; Masahuru Fukuyama, "Like Father, Like Son"
Our reasoning: In a weaker-than-usual year for this category, many are pegging Michael Douglas's wickedly entertaining turn as Liberace in Steven Soderbergh's biopic as some kind of shoo-in -- something that hardly ever exists at Cannes. Still, Douglas does have everything going for him: a grand, technically impressive performance, veteran cachet, industry sympathy following his health troubles of the last years, and a broadly acclaimed film directed by a departing son of the festival. As we've said before, If he was eligible for the Oscar, he'd be the one to beat -- as it is, the story may want to take a stand by giving him one major film award before the Emmys, Globes, SAG and the rest begin showering him with statuettes.