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Donovan's Future Male Oscar Winners

Submitted by ryandonovan at 2002-09-13 19:46:38 EDT
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DONOVAN'S FUTURE MALE OSCAR WINNERS

Here is the second half of my list of Oscar's future players - the men. Just as with the actresses, this list has been categorized into 4 groups: Oscar Winners, Oscar Nominees, Long Shots, and Big Stars. Again, within each category, the names appear in no particular order. I've omitted names that have already been nominated (for example, putting Tom Hanks on this list would not be much of a prediction). Check this list in a few years and marvel at my accuracy.


OSCAR WINNERS

Philip Seymour Hoffman - One of my favorite actors working today. The consummate character actor. While he likely couldn't carry a film and draw audiences as a lead, you won't find a better supporting player. I guarantee multiple Oscar victories.

Gary Oldman - It's amazing that he's never been nominated for an Oscar. He's the best actor alive who's never been nominated. I've never been disappointed with one of his performances.

Don Cheadle - He's getting props and high-profile roles with great directors, but he hasn't landed an "Oscar-type" role yet. He will; and when he does, he will knock your fucking knickers off.

Tobey Maguire - The future of Hollywood. He's been semi-obscure until recently, doing low-profile, high-quality films; but he's currently trying to make some bucks and become mainstream. After this stretch of ego puberty, look for him to return to quality roles, and somewhere down the road, snag an Oscar.

Johnny Depp - I used to hate this guy, but he has actually developed into a very respectable actor. Even when his films suck (they often do), his performances are strong.


OSCAR NOMINEES

Jeremy Davies - He's been invisible since Saving Private Ryan, but when he comes out of hiding, he'll dazzle us with understated performances. Always in top form, his indie-film education will pay off in bigger films.

Jeffrey Wright - Another peak character actor, he put himself on the map with Basquiat, and became a country on the map with Shaft. It's just a matter of time until he gets nominated.

Rupert Everett - It's hard to tell how much of his appeal is dashing charisma and how much is talent, but he has been smart about taking choice roles in smaller films, so I think he'll land a nomination in the near future. Plus, he's got the homosexual thing down pat. He's the gay son my mother always wanted.

Aaron Eckhart - If you want to see great character transformation, watch Eckhart's films In The Company Of Men and Your Friends And Neighbors. Then for kicks, watch him in Erin Brockovich. While he physically looks like the same guy in all 3, it's hard to believe they're all him. In Company, he played one of the most evil people I've ever seen on screen. While I hate to lend credence to the accusations of my misogyny, I have to say that I loved every minute of it.

Taye Diggs - He is hugely talented, and his abilities have barely been tapped. He's not exactly getting his pick of the litter quite yet (the ass-worthy New Best Friend, for example), but his choices and performances overall have been impressive (Go, The Wood, The Best Man). Look for him to be one of the prominent leading black men over the next decade.

Andre Braugher - A top actor for quite awhile now, he keeps screwing himself with bad career choices. He's starred in some of the worst films I've ever seen (It's The Rage, Duets), and has trapped himself in TV hell (more TNT movies than I can shake a shit at). He gets Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for plenty of his TV gigs, but he can't seem to keep a show going for more than a season. Just do a good film, Andre, you jackass!

James Gandolfini - I may not be as on board with this guy as the rest of America is, but after his role as Tony Soprano, there's no doubt he's a great actor. But is he a great actor as someone other than Tony? Not yet. We'll see...

Wes Bentley - He hasn't shown much evidence, but it seems like he's being wise about his film choices. I thought he was overrated in American Beauty, but that won't stop him from grabbing a nomination down the road. People think he's the bee's knees.

Delroy Lindo - He deserves to win one, but he's been overlooked repeatedly in his career thus far. I'm confident he'll get a nomination at some point, though. Now if he would just stop beating his wife...

Giovanni Ribisi - He's got the right stuff in him, it's just a matter of finding the right role, and not making himself look like too much of a doofus in the roles leading up to it. Believe it or not, I thought he was the best supporting character in Saving Private Ryan.

John Turturro - If he does more Coen Brothers films and less Howard Cosell impressions, he'll grab a nomination.

Alan Cumming - More a theater actor than a film actor, his Broadway chops will land him an Oscar nomination. He is capable of playing just about any role imaginable. And the more foppish the role, the better the performance.

John Leguizamo - For a jackass comedian, he has done some great dramatic work. He brings the right amount of levity to all his films. He'll never be a lead, but he'll always be a great support.

Tom Sizemore - A very underrated talent. His ensemble roles (Heat, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down) have made it hard for him to stand out. His time will come.

Steve Zahn - Often seen as too much of a goofball to be taken seriously, he breathes life into every film he's in. Give him a meaty role or a decent script, and he'll score a nomination.

Chris Cooper - With a face that only YOUR girlfriend could love, he doesn't exactly get his pick of the litter. And as he ages, his chances of landing choice films are diminishing. But he's got the talent, so I hope he pulls of a nomination at some point.

Ving Rhames - One fine-acting motherfucker.


LONG SHOTS

Steve Buscemi - There's an old Oscar adage: If you play weirdoes long enough, you're bound to get a nomination. But he may have missed his chance with Ghost World, when the Academy passed him over in favor of Ethan Hawke (whose only significant Hollywood accomplishment so far has been suckling Uma Thurman's breasts).

Jean Reno - If he didn't spend so much time making movies in French, he'd have a much better chance at winning some awards. Nearly every one of his roles it outstanding - only because he brings so much to it (I'll forgive him for Just Visiting). Director Luc Besson owes Reno for his success: The Professional was one of the coolest movies of the 1990's, and Reno's character in The Big Blue was one of the most memorable.

Joe Pantoliano - Everybody loves Joey Pants... so why doesn't the Academy? Sure, he's had as many (or more) bombs than hits, but can't they give him some love for Memento? The Matrix? The Fugitive? Risky Business? Baby's Day Out? (Uh... strike that last one.)

Djimon Honsou - He gave one of the best supporting performances of 1997, in Amistad. Remarkably, it was his first major role, and none of his dialogue was in English. Even more remarkably, he didn't get an Oscar nomination. Unfortunately, he may have missed his window - aside from a couple strong showings in lean roles (Gladiator, a guest stint on ER), he's been MIA.

Ben Stiller - You won't find a better Everyman-In-Awkward-Situations. I don't think he exactly wowed the Academy with Zoolander, but they invite him to the shizow every year as a presenter, and he's done some impressive acting in Permanent Midnight and Zero Effect.

Jason Lee - There's nobody I'm pulling for more than this guy. Unfortunately, he's been hit-or-miss since his brilliant turn in Chasing Amy. Watch for him in more movie-stealing supporting roles.

Robert Carlyle - He won a lot of fans with his solid work in British cinema (he played a badass in Trainspotting and displayed his bad ass in The Full Monty). He's since proven that he can play a diverse number of characters and toss off just about any accent he chooses. Now he just needs some meaty roles.

David Morse - Always understated, and often in cornerstone performances, he usually plays his characters perfectly (Contact, The Green Mile, Proof of Life). Now if he can just improve the characters...

Chi McBride - Too cool for school. Somehow, he's never gotten an Emmy Award for Boston Public. So he should quit TV and tackle some real film roles... and hopefully an Oscar nomination.

Michael Madsen - His career has seen better paychecks... now he's lucky to see paychecks, period. But no matter what the role, he defines "cool" (even in Free Willy, for shitting out loud).

Dylan Baker - In Todd Solondz's pedophilia dramedy Happiness, Baker gave a gripping (pun completely intended) performance that was simultaneously hysterical and completely serious. Never have I seen someone pleasure himself to an adolescent boys' magazine with so much vigor or confidence. Truly a master of his, uh, craft. If he can play other roles with the same conviction, look out.


BIG STARS

Colin Farrell - Okay, so this guy's no longer a secret. If you haven't seen him, you probably haven't been to a movie in the last year (Minority Report, Hart's War, American Outlaws, Tigerland). He'll be hard to miss in the upcoming year as well (Daredevil, The Recruit, Phone Booth). While a scissors to his pretty face might do his ego some good, he is going to be one big fucking A-List movie star.

Clive Owen - I'm surprised how long it's taking for him get launched into the mainstream. I thought after Croupier and Greenfingers, he'd get some choice films. But even Gosford Park and The Bourne Identity haven't exactly made him a household (or even a neighborhood) name. He may be angling a bit hard for the soon-to-be-vacant James Bond role (the BMW short film series was practically a resume-on-wheels). But Bond or not, he'll be moving to the front of leading British actors.

Jake Gyllenhaal - He's in a ton of movies these days (Donnie Darko, Lovely & Amazing, The Good Girl, Moonlight Mile), though people think he's Jared Leto, while he thinks he's Tobey Maguire.

Eric Bana - If you saw his film Chopper, you know who he is, and you know how good he can be. You are also probably a psychopath. Regardless, you'll know him next summer as The Hulk... which will either make him a star or end his career.

Mark Ruffalo - I'm not so sure this guy is an amazing talent, but the rest of Hollywood seems to be. His performance in You Can Count On Me won him all kinds of high-profile roles in yet-to-be-released movies. Whether or not they're any good remains to be seen.

Ethan Embry - For such a young actor, he's got character, charm, and talent to spare. What he can't spare is a dime. Somebody, please hire him. I promise he'll do good.

Alessandro Nivola - You've never heard of him. You might not have ever seen him, either. But if you were paying attention to Face/Off, Timecode, I Want You, or Jurassic Park III (yes, I'm being serious), you won't forget him.

Cole Hauser - He kind of got lost in the shuffle in Good Will Hunting, but watch it again and you'll see how great his character was without saying nearly a word.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt - No kidding, the kid from 3rd Rock From The Sun. If you have the good fortune of catching the film Manic, he'll impress the hell out of you. I have a feeling it won't be the last time.

Anson Mount - I thought big things were in store for this guy after his strong performance in the rarely-seen The Truth About Tully (a.k.a. Tully), but then he wound up as Britney Spears' bitch in Crossroads and Joey Lawrence's butch in Urban Legends: Final Cut.



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Submitted by Random Joe at 2002-10-29 13:20:06 EST (#)
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You forgot Jake Gyllenhaal(Donnie Darko) and Brad Renfro(MANY various med-small parts in medium-small movies). He's good though. I expect to see alot more of him soon. Both of these boys.

Submitted by Random Joe at 2002-09-25 02:26:57 EDT (#)
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I agree with most of your choices, although I am not quite as blown away by Colin Farrell as the rest of the world seems to be (and yes, I saw "Tigerland")

On Jason Lee-- A terrific actor. He 'makes' most of the movies he's in. I'd like to see him play a character OTHER than, well, Jason Lee though. And making movies with Tom Green isn't getting him any closer to that statuette either. I know you're both skaters, Jason, but damn!

Gary Oldman-- A terrific actor. Fabulous. And he knows it.

Philip Seymour Hoffman-- One of the best actors working.

Don Cheadle-- Will be honored anytime, I just know it.

Steve Zahn--A major presence. He seems to have a lot going on under that comic exterior

Giovanni Ribissi--I agree with your assessment of Saving Private Ryan, although I thought Adam Goldberg was strong too, and he never gets any mention it seems.

Lastly, Jeffrey Wright--He blew me away in Basquiat. If he can find the right vehicle, he could be a major star.






Submitted by Random Joe at 2002-09-17 16:43:18 EDT (#)
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Johnny Depp?

If you're serious, you shouldn't be.

Submitted by Razor at 2002-09-16 11:26:29 EDT (#)
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Gary Oldman seems to be too good of an actor for his own good. I frequently mention him to other people and the conversation goes like this:

Me: I really think Gary Oldman is better than Kevin Spacey, although I could see the other side of that argument.

Him: Gary Oldman? Who the hell is that?

Me: Did you see Bram Stoker's Dracula? He was Dracula.

Him: Oh yeah, he was good. But what else has he done?

Me: Ever see True Romance? He was the pimp, Drexel.

Him: Holy shit, that was the same guy??

Me: Yeah, and he was the leader of the Russian hijackers in Air Force One.

Him: Whoa...

Me: Zorg from The Fifth Element?

Him: oh man

Me: The Southern Senator from The Contender?

Him: (Actually most people haven't seen The Contender, it was really underrated. Worth checking out as a good look behind the scenes of political maneuvering, although it does range a bit far afield.)

Poor Gary, so good that people don't even realize he's the same person from role to role.

Now, as for Jason Lee, he's leaving obscurity behind so fast that the actors he works with are spinning in his wake. He continually blows everyone else off the screen with the force of his personality.


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