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Will Smith, the favorite to win as best actor at the Oscars 2022

Will Smith, the favorite to win as best actor at the Oscars 2022

Will Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, Denzel Washington and Javier Bardem compete this 2022 for the golden statuette in the category of best actor in the Oscar awards.

According Esquirethe award would go to Smith, who has already won awards with the character he played in Williams method. Even Bardem himself has admitted that his colleague Smith is his favourite.

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Will Smith (Williams method)

The American Will Smith, 53, plays Richard Williams in biopic Williams method, which deals with the life of the father and trainer of Venus and Serena Williams, Richard. With the character, Smith has already won the award for best actor at the Bafta and the Critics Choice Awards.

Specialists applauded Smith’s performance in this film, which is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green.

“What keeps us on our toes is the vigor of the performances. Smith is captivating playing his father, but he also adds his personal touch,” said Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair.

For his part, Johnny Oleksinski, of New York Post, commented, “Smith is finally making a good film again (…) A brilliant sports movie (…) You walk away amazed at his accomplishments, but not entirely admiring him. Few biopics they dare to have layers”.

Benedict Cumberbatch (the power of the dog)

Briton Benedict Cumberbatch, 45, plays Phil Burbank, an evil and traumatized cowboy in dog power, which at the Golden Globes won for best dramatic film, but that he did not win in the best actor category. The tape was directed by Jane Campion. This film leads the Oscar nominations with twelve mentions.

Cumberbatch, known as the Doctor Strenge of the Marvel universe, said about his character that he had spent a lot of time with the director to recreate the character. “We understood the complexity of a man whose monstrous behavior masks a deep well of pain; a scar needed to be understood to be inhabited. I had never spent so much time in the company of a director doing the same kind of things to get to a character…”, said the Briton who was nominated for an Oscar for The Imitation Game (2014) also for best actor.

Benedict Cumberbatch is an evil and traumatized cowboy in ‘The power of the dog’

Criticism was positive for the Briton’s performance. “Benedict Cumberbatch gives what may be the best performance of his entire career to date (…) The Power of the Dog succeeds thanks to the fact that the actors are immersed in the fiction that creates reality”, said Carlos Aguilar, of TheWrap.

While Peter Travers of abcnews, noted: “Benedict Cumberbatch has never been better (…) The Power of the Dog will put Campion in the record books as the third female director to prevail in what was once infamously a man’s game. It was time”.

Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick… Boom!)

American Andrew Garfield, 38, is one of the five nominees for the golden statuette. He plays Jonathan Larson, who was a composer and playwright, who died in 1996 from an aortic aneurysm, when he was 35 years old. With this character he has already won at the 2021 Golden Globes for best actor-comedy or musical. The film is directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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It is not the first time that Garfield has been nominated for an Oscar, in 2016 he competed for best actor in the film Hacksaw Ridge. In that same year he was also a candidate in the Golden Globes in the same category, as well as in the Bafta, in the latter in 2008 he won as best television actor for his role in Boy A, while in 2010 he was nominated. for best supporting actor in The Social Network.

Criticism for the American’s role has also been favorable. “Andrew Garfield illuminates this musical adaptation (…) There is a lot of passion and restless energy, sometimes misdirected, that is channeled through this film, but Miranda organizes it effectively,” says Helen O’Hara of Time Out.

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On his side, Siddhant Adlakha, from IGN, indicates: “Uneven, but effective (…) Andrew Garfield shines, but director Lin-Manuel Miranda leaves Tick, Tick… Boom! in an emotional limbo.

Denzel Washington (The tragedy of Macbeth)

American Denzel Washington, 67, is looking to add one more Oscar to his list with the character Macbeth, a Scottish lord, from the film directed by Joel Coen. In this tape Washington as lord was convinced by three witches that he would be the next king of Scotland. The film is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Before this nomination at the Academy Awards, the American was a candidate at the same awards for best actor in 2018, in Roman J. Israel, Esq., the same thing happened at the Golden Globes. Going back years further, in 2002 he won best actor in Training day at the Oscars.

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David Ehrlich of indiewire, comments that “Denzel Washington gives one of the best performances of his career (…) Coen knows this story well and knows how to control his ambitions.”

“Washington’s interpretation may be conventional, but he has authority and enough clarity of meaning to lead the cast,” says Michael Phillips of Chicago Tribune.

Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos)

The Spanish Javier Bardem, 53, if he wins this 2022 as best actor, it would be his first statuette in this category at the Oscars. In 2010 he was nominated for beautiful and in 2001 in Before Night Falls. However, in these same awards, in the section that he did win, he was best supporting actor in 2007, in No Country for Old Men, The same thing happened at the Golden Globes, in which he has also been nominated at different times.

On Being the Ricardos, that deals with the life of actress Lucille Ball, Bardem plays Desi Arnaz, a Cuban who emigrated to New York in search of better opportunities in the world of entertainment. Arnaz is Ball’s partner and together they had to face a crisis that not only threatened their careers but also their marriage. Ball is played by Nicole Kidman. The film is directed by Aaron Sorkin.

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The Spaniard who is satisfied with his nomination has admitted that the most likely to win in this category is Smith. “It’s clear that Will Smith is going to take it, but nothing happens, it’s an honor to be nominated,” said Bardem during the Union of Actors Awards ceremony held in Madrid on Monday, March 13.

The specialists have been demanding with the director about the plot in general, but they highlight the performance of its protagonists. “Despite the brave turn of Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem, the culprits of this mess are Sorkin’s direction and script (…) Grim, tense and awkward,” says Robert Abele of TheWrap.

While Robert Daniels of theplaylist, comments, “Every time the director comes close to achieving the spell, he breaks it and reminds the viewer that, despite Kidman and Bardem’s best efforts, they are not Lucy and Desi. It’s not a total disaster, but it’s not a total success either.”

The final result of who will be the winner will be known on Sunday, March 27, the date on which the statuettes will be delivered. (AND)

Source: Eluniverso

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