Every Oscar season, some actors are overlooked, while others are considered overdue and others settle for their status as a nominee. While a lot of factors need to be taken into account when assessing someone’s Oscar chances (the competition, the movie’s success, the campaign etc.), there are a handful of actors who consistently give performances that are so great and so entrancing that they’re almost constantly in the Oscar conversation and almost guaranteed to win a statuette at one point, when all the variables work in their favour.
This list showcases some of the most acclaimed actors working today, who still have a long career ahead of them and have the strongest chances to claim an Oscar at one point in their careers.
10. Michael Fassbender
German-born Irish actor Michael Fassbender made his big-screen debut in Zack Snyder’s war epic ‘300′ (2007), but it was his first collaboration with Steve McQueen that put him on critics’ map.
In McQueen’s directorial debut ‘Hunger’ (2008), he plays Bobby Sands, who leads the second IRA hunger strike. To portray the role authentically, Fassbender underwent a very strict diet and shed significant weight.
As his popularity increased, he started balancing big budget movies such as Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglorious Basterds’ (2009) and ‘X-Men: First Class’ (dir. Matthew Vaughn, 2011) with films by renowned directors such as Andrea Arnold, ‘Fish Tank’ (2009) and David Cronenberg, ‘A Dangerous Method’ (2011) which have brought him strong notices.
In his second pairing with McQueen, ‘Shame’ (2011), Fassbender plays Brandon, a New-York executive battling with sexual addiction. His stellar performance in the role received widespread acclaim and nabbed him numerous accolades, which ultimately failed to materialise into a Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards in what was widely viewed as one of the biggest snubs of the → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema