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The Hollywood Film Awards Series: Acting contenders Benicio del Toro, Saoirse Ronan, and Alicia Vikander are next to be honored

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Pressing on with the Hollywood Film Awards Series, we now have some potential acting contenders to discuss. Yes, the honorees announced yesterday for the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards include some possible Academy Award nominees like Benicio del Toro (for Sicario), Saoirse Ronan (for Brooklyn), and Alicia Vikander (for The Danish Girl), among others, plus Tom Hooper (also for The Danish Girl) being given a Directing citation. They’re hardly the only names in the running for Oscar attention, of course, but they’re definitely a few of the bigger ones. As such, I’ll be getting into their chances a little bit below, along with the other folks set to be honored during the Hollywood Film Awards…

First of all, as a point of reference, here are the latest honorees announced for the Hollywood Film Awards:

“Hollywood Director Award”
Tom Hooper for The Danish Girl

“Hollywood Supporting Actor Award”
Benicio del Toro for Sicario

“New Hollywood Award”
Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn

“Hollywood Breakout Actress Award”
Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl

“Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award”
Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Jason Mitchell for Straight Outta Compton

Before we get to the actors and actresses, let’s quickly discuss Hooper and the Best Director field. A prior winner in Director for The King’s Speech, Hooper is a very classical director whose style perhaps appeals more to the Academy than the general public. The Danish Girl is a a strong fit for his aesthetic, provided you enjoy the look of his films. Personally, I’m hit or miss on Hooper movies, but his direction in this one is very lush and easy on the eyes. In terms of another nomination for Best Director, I think he’s behind a number of other contenders, but citations like this one will definitely keep him in the conversation. A bit of precursor love in the right spots and he could certainly slip in, especially if The Danish Girl shapes up to be a Best Picture nominee.

In terms of the male actors, we have a bunch of Best Supporting Actor contenders in del Toro, Hawkins, Jackson Jr., and Mitchell. Sicario is an X factor in the race to me overall, with del Toro probably the most likely nomination for the film outside of a Best Cinematography nomination, though it’s hard to tell. Supporting Actor could easily make room for del Toro, especially if he keeps racking up precursor attention like this one over some higher profile competitors. As for the gentlemen from Straight Outta Compton, I have a feeling that they’ll ultimately cancel each other out. Some speak of category fraud in having the trio of Hawkins, Jackson Jr., and Mitchell all go Supporting, though I think it’ll just come down to no one agreeing on the one to fully back. Any one on their own would have an uphill battle, but with in house competition, it’s likely not going to happen. They’ll have to settle for big boosts in their careers, which is no small achievement…

As for the ladies, there’s Ronan in the Best Actress race and Vikander in the Best Supporting Actress race. Both are locks in their respective fields, if you ask me, with potential frontrunner status being achievable as well. Ronan will have to wait and see what a few of her unseen competitors in Actress do, while Vikander will have to do the same in Supporting Actress, but I’d be shocked if they’re not both nominated. Brooklyn (for Ronan) and The Danish Girl (for Vikander) are going to be big Oscar players elsewhere, so they’ll definitely be along for the ride, at the very least. I suspect that Vikander is a slightly more likely winner than Ronan, but Ronan does have the prior nomination under her belt that could be an asset. Both have intriguing candidacies that will be well worth following, especially since these honors are hardly the last that they’ll be receiving this season.

Obviously, we’ll have to follow along with how these honorees do elsewhere on the precursor scene, but the latest Hollywood Film Awards recipients are well deserving of these citations. Vikander is definitely a breakout actress, Ronan definitely represents a new generation in Hollywood, and so on. Be sure to check back in over the course of the rest of the year to see how both of them do, in addition to following the Oscar hopes of del Toro, Hooper, Hawkins, Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell, and all the rest of the honorees at the Hollywood Film Awards. It’s going to be a great precursor season, I can feel it…

Be sure to stay tuned for more honorees from the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards soon!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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