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{random film-ness} A Netfix Queue Inspired by the Best Actor Nominees

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Is the Best Actor in a Leading Role contest even a contest? Did Oscar-hopeful actors gnash their teeth when they found out their best-chance movies were up against a Lincoln political thriller? Directed by Spielberg? Starring Daniel? Day? Lewis? If I were making bets on Oscar night, I’d go all in on this one…with my sympathies to Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Denzel Washington (Flightand Joaquin Phoenix (The Master…and my runner-up choice).

In the Supporting Role field, I’m going to throw my support to Christoph Waltz, since my favorite Django Unchained supporting actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) isn’t in the running. Waltz already racked up a Golden Globe for his turn as the verbose and kindly bounty hunter Dr. Shultz, and I think he deserves an Oscar, too. Are any of you rooting for Alan Arkin (Argo), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), or Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master…also my runner-up favorite…the film was more satisfying as an acting showcase than as a story)?

Bradley Cooper


Brother’s Justice

Case 39

New York, I Love You

Older Than America

Failure to Launch

My Little Eye

Alias (My favorite Cooper role)

Wet Hot American Summer


Daniel Day-Lewis

In the Name of the Father

The Last of the Mohicans

My Left Foot

A Room With a View



Hugh Jackman



Joaquin Phoenix

I’m Still Here

Hotel Rwanda

8 MM

Clay Pigeons

Return to Paradise



Denzel Washington

Hard Lessons


Alan Arkin

Raising Flagg


America’s Sweethearts

Slums of Beverly Hills

Glengarry Glen Ross

Full Moon High

Deadhead Miles

Woman Times Seven


Robert De Niro


Red Lights


Killer Elite

Everybody’s Fine

What Just Happened?

Meet the Parents

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle


Jackie Brown

Cop Land

Marvin’s Room

A Bronx Tale

Mad Dog and Glory

The Untouchables

Born to Win

Jennifer on My Mind


Philip Seymour Hoffman

Mary and Max

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

Mission: Impossible III


Punch-Drunk Love

Nobody’s Fool


Tommy Lee Jones

Captain America: The First Avenger

The Company Men

In the Electric Mist

The Missing

Double Jeopardy

Small Soldiers


Lonesome Dove

Stormy Monday

April Morning

Black Moon Rising

The Executioner’s Song


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Sarah Magill

Sarah Magill has a full-time movie habit made possible by a day-time greeting card writing gig. She blogs at Gimme Some Film and is learning to write scripts and direct. She tries to balance her screen obsession with trail running, jazz singing, book clubbing, and hanging out with The Best Golden Retriever Ever, Copa.

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  1. I was pleasantly surprised when I watched Wet Hot American Summer last year for the first time in years and realized that a young Bradley Cooper was in the film. Love this list of before they were mega-stars films. Sometimes its their best work.