The Biopic: This man existed, and this actor nailed it. Ben Kingsley as Gandhi in Gandhi, Gary Oldman as Churchill in Darkest Hour.
The Breakdown: His performance is a slow burn as he realizes the shit he's got into - and it's satisfying to him lash out near the end. Jack Lemmon in Missing, Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out.
The Transformation: Trust me when I say you've never seen him like this. Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, Denzel Washington in Roman J. Israel, Esq.
The Legend: Whether he wins or loses, he's a respected thesp who gets nominated often. Peter O'Toole in My Favorite Year, Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread.
The Guy Who Only Needs a Single, Uninterrupted Take of Something to Make Critics and Audiences Fall All Over Themselves in Exultation: Paul Newman giving good speech in The Verdict, Timothée Chalamet staring at a fireplace in Call Me By Your Name.
And it looks like this year, as in 1982, the Biopic will reign triumphant. But who knows? We'll find out soon enough - until then, let's take a look at the 1982 performances after the jump!
Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie
Ben Kingsley in Gandhi
Jack Lemmon in Missing
Paul Newman in The Verdict
Peter O'Toole in My Favorite Year
Oscar went for Kingsley, not a bad choice in an unusually strong year. A tough choice to make, but my vote goes to....
(And as for the 2017 nominees:
Daniel Day-Lewis - *****
Gary Oldman - ****
Denzel Washington - ****
Timothee Chalamet - ***
Daniel Kaluuya - ***)
Next time, the nominees for Best Director: Richard Attenborough (Gandhi), Sidney Lumet (The Verdict), Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot), Sydney Pollack (Tootsie), Steven Spielberg (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial).