This year’s Academy Awards will take place on 26th April and will definitely be remembered as one of the strangest Oscar ceremonies to date due to the coronavirus pandemic.
David Fincher’s Mank, a biopic about the 1930s Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, is up for the most awards with 10, including Best Actor for Gary Oldman in the titular role.
Also competing for Best Actor are Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal, Anthony Hopkins in The Father, Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Steven Yeun for Minari.
Although the likes of Oldman and Hopkins have previously won the award in their careers the inclusion of Boseman, Yeun and Ahmed definitely give the category a fresher and more diverse feel than previous years.
In fact, a debate has emerged on social media after Fandango, the US movie ticketing service shared a graphic of the last 10 winners of the Best Actor award, which has gone to all-white straight men. The list is as follows:
2011 - Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
2012 - Jean Dujardin - The Artist
2013 - Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
2014 - Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
2015 - Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
2016 - Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
2017 - Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea
2018 - Gary Oldman - The Darkest Hour
2019 - Rami Malek - Bohemian Rhapsody
2020 - Joaquin Phoenix - Joker
Who's your favorite Best Actor Oscar-winner of the 2010s? https://t.co/P1BtpXXhAp— Fandango (@Fandango) 1618085580
Despite the lack of diversity in this list, seven out of the ten won the award for biopics, some of which, from a critical standpoint, aren’t even that memorable.
Daniel Day-Lewis’s win in 2013 was the third time he had won that award, a record for the category. It could also be fair to say that the likes of Oldman and Leonardo DiCaprio have given much better performances than the ones they won for.
Meanwhile, Casey Affleck’s win was marred by a string of historic sexual assault allegations against the actor which came to light before the 2017 ceremony.
However, the question ‘Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar-winner of the 2010s?’ sparked a debate in response as people are now realising that these gongs should have probably gone elsewhere.
@Fandango Affleck. But yikes. What a bunch of showy terrible performances Firth should have won for a single man ,… https://t.co/cH3Xkxk1mk— Eric (@Eric) 1618111339
@Fandango 2010 Firth deserved it 2011- Pitt in Moneyball, or Clooney in Descendants. Dujardin was awful 2012- Phoen… https://t.co/FFSkNeASPN— Jakephi (@Jakephi) 1618164941
@Fandango Affleck is the only win I agree with. Would have gone Eisenberg instead of Firth Fassy for Shame in 2011… https://t.co/HJEUHk9PY6— Niallelio Hassettino (@Niallelio Hassettino) 1618166078
It's only when you see them laid out like this that you really appreciate quite how unimaginative the Best Actor ca… https://t.co/b5Sgj81y2a— Danny Kodicek (@Danny Kodicek) 1618227716
Even the likes of Joaquin Phoenix, who did win, should have probably been awarded for other roles.
@Fandango I love Phoenix, but his role as Joker is not even in his top 3 perforances of these years. The Master, He… https://t.co/H9UIQWhwFr— Andre Birchman (@Andre Birchman) 1618161837
On reflection, were the films even that good?
Wow this is grim! https://t.co/7kyIox9P4m— Adam B. Vary (@Adam B. Vary) 1618179723
this is so embarrassing lol https://t.co/GDy8RgNJq2— hunter harris (@hunter harris) 1618244892
going off of this list you would not know there had been any good movies in the 2010s https://t.co/732vqWf5C5— Jack Mirkinson (@Jack Mirkinson) 1618247050
@Fandango What a rough decade of winners; Casey is the best of these 😬— Brian Formo (@Brian Formo) 1618152906
@Fandango This list sucks lmao— katie jo(hantgen) (@katie jo(hantgen)) 1618252040
@Fandango These performances range from decent to absolutely atrocious.— BetteDavis™ (@BetteDavis™) 1618164023
oh my god this list sucks so much https://t.co/4DngSYDsGk— moved (@moved) 1618272591
this is a hell of an indictment https://t.co/iG5E9avz9M— Holly Anderson (@Holly Anderson) 1618171239
Perhaps the concept of the all inspiring and captivating leading man is over, especially when you compare it to other categories from the same decade.
it’s been said before but wow, the past decade saw the absolute collapse of the leading man in mainstream cinema, h… https://t.co/z544ypWq5Z— Daniel D'Addario (@Daniel D'Addario) 1618167927
@Fandango meanwhile in the always-superior Supporting Actress category... https://t.co/qDGzQlov3G— Jarett Wieselman (@Jarett Wieselman) 1618246166
That being said, the winners in the 2000s were much richer and more diverse with Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker and Jamie Foxx picking up the gong and only half of the performances being from biopics.
Perhaps this decade will see something much fresher and more exciting from the Oscars – after all, Oldman’s performance in Mank is the only one that isn’t from an original concept.
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