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84th Academy Awards

Best Actor

Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic
Ty Burr says ...
It's a tight race between Clooney and "Artist" star Jean Dujardin, but the former is the king of a company town, and he has never won a best actor Oscar. He gives a very good performance, but Pitt delivers subtler work in "Moneyball." Shame about "Shame" and Fassbender.
  • Will win
    George Clooney, The Descendants

  • Should win
    Brad Pitt, Moneyball

  • Shouldn't be here
    George Clooney, The Descendants

  • Was robbed
    Michael Fassbender, Shame

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe film critic
Wesley Morris says ...
Not an inspiring group. The admittedly wonderful Jean Dujardin already has Hollywood worried about a Roberto Benigni-esque acceptance speech, and what lots of people see as new ground for Clooney felt, to me, like a summer rerun. No Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Michael Shannon, or Mortensen? But Pitt's soul did give its first performance, which is significant, as too many people never believed he had one.
  • Will win
    Brad Pitt, Moneyball

  • Should win
    Brad Pitt, Moneyball

  • Shouldn't be here
    George Clooney, The Descendants

  • Was robbed
    Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method