With Oscar season upon us, it is time to start up the best actor conversations. We all know that James Franco will be co-hosting the Oscars on February 27, 2011 but will he walk away with a best actor Oscar? It seems that everyone expects Colin Firth to win the award for his performance in The King’s Speech.
The question is whether there is any way that James Franco or Jesse Eisenberg could pull off the upset of Firth, to claim the prestigious award. James Franco’s movie 127 Hours was a fantastic film and an even more impressive solo performance. Franco’s character has hardly any interaction with anybody in the movie. What makes his performance most impressive is the way he portrays a desperate human being in the most hopeless of circumstances. James Franco’s performance makes the viewer think, feel, and eventually cheer. If I had a vote, Franco would get the award.
The other underdog is Jesse Eisenberg. Eisenberg’s movie The Social Network was the somewhat surprising hit of 2010. Eisenberg’s portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was played to near perfection. Although this was a breakthrough role for Jesse Eisenberg, I believe that based on acting performance alone, Franco should take the award. Both of these young men are good, really good, and there is little doubt that we will see their names on Oscar nomination lists in the future.