Best Actor Oscar predictions by experts: Gary Oldman (‘Darkest Hour’)

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Our two dozen Oscar experts from major media outlets agree on the winner of just one of this year’s races: Best Actor. All 24 of our prognosticators are picking Gary Oldman to win for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Joe Wright‘s “Darkest Hour.” The film is set in the first months of his tenuous tenure as British prime minister, when he must decide between prolonging the war or negotiating peace with Nazi Germany.

Oldman’s strongest competition comes from Daniel Day-Lewis who has announced that his upcoming film, “Phantom Thread,” will be his final one. Day-Lewis is the second choice of 16 of our Oscar experts for this period picture, in which he plays a 1950s royal couturier. This marks his second collaboration with writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson. Their first, “There Will Be Blood,” won Day-Lewis the second of his record three Best Actor Oscars in 2008.

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