Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

20 January 2018

Best Actor 2017

My top choices in the order I would place them on my Academy ballot if I were allowed to vote. In other words, this is my top five, but I acknowledge that this list is already influenced by awards buzz, and the actors who I think would theoretically benefit the most from my vote are at the top.

HARRIS DICKINSON, Beach Rats

CLAES BANG, The Square

JEREMY RENNER, Wind River

TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET, Call Me by Your Name

GARY OLDMAN, Darkest Hour

Also loved:
Christian Bale, Hostiles
Sam Claflin, Their Finest
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Colin Farrell, The Beguiled
Jake Gyllenhaal, Stronger
Robert Pattinson, Good Time
Aleksey Rozin, Loveless (Нелюбовь)
Nakhane Touré, Inxeba (The Wound)
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Apologies to:
Lior Ashkenazi (Foxtrot), Märt Avandi (The Fencer), Jamie Bell (Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool), Jon Bernthal (Sweet Virginia), John Cho (Columbus), and Nahuel Pérez Biscayart (BPM), whose films I have not yet seen but will see soon.

Related:
My Best Actor picks from past years (2004-2016)
My Best Actress picks from 2017 (TBA)
My Best Supporting Actress picks from 2017
My Best Supporting Actor picks from 2017