Christian Bale has earned 4 Oscar nominations and 1 win in the last 10 yrs, and his performance as real-life racer Ken Miles in ‘Ford v Ferrari‘ is looking more and more like a ‘statuette‘ for a Best Actor this year.
History has proved it is perilous to underestimate him, especially when he’s playing a historical figure.
Though Mr. Bale had already put together an impressive resume by then, he did not get his first Oscar nomination until ‘The Fighter‘ (2010), for which he won Best Supporting Actor. He followed that with a Best Actor bid for American Hustle‘ (2013), another Best Supporting Actor nom for ‘The Big Short‘ (2015), and then he was back in the Best Actor race with ‘Vice‘ (2018).
All of those happened were biographical roles. The Academy voters love those, but they seem to be especially fruitful for Bale.
What is especially impressive about that record is that, of those characters, only Dick Cheney ‘Vice’ was widely known to the general public, which is the kind of showy imitation Oscar voters like.
Ken Miles is another biographical role most viewers probably are not intimately familiar with, but Oscar voters might vote for it anyway.
Not all of those previous nominations were sure things. He had not been ranked him among the Top 5 predicted contenders for ‘American’ and only 2 of the expert journalists polled at the time thought he would make the cut but he managed the nomination there anyway. He was in the Top 5 of the Supporting Actor forecasts for ‘The Big Short‘ but the experts him 5th in that race.
He is now ranked 8th in the experts’ predictions for ‘Ford v Ferrari’ as of this writing, but 7 of those savvy journalists say he will make the cut: Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Tariq Khan (Fox TV), Susan King (Gold Derby), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (IndieWire), Brian Truitt (USA Today) and Glenn Whipp (LA Times). And they have good reason to think he will make the cut, as he has already earned surprise nominations at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards.
The Big Q: Will Christian Bale cross the finish line 1st at the Oscars, or at least in the Top 5?
See the movie if you have not already, it is really good.
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