Who'll win the Best Actor Oscar in 2005?
Jamie Foxx had better prepare his speech. His victory seems a sure bet. In fact, Sideways
' snubbed non-nominee Paul Giamatti probably has as much of a chance of winning as the other actors in this category. This is to take nothing away from Don Cheadle's portrait of quiet heroism in Hotel Rwanda
, or Johnny Depp's wide-eyed innocence in Finding Neverland
, or Leonardo DiCaprio's tic-filled embodiment of Howard Hughes in The Aviator
, or Clint Eastwood's stalwart turn as a boxing coach in Million Dollar Baby
(the best shot at a surprise upset here). Each is a fine performer, deserving of his own first-time acting Oscar (all but Cheadle have a single prior nod). But each will, no doubt, applaud politely during the triumphant Foxx trot to the Kodak Theatre stage. Blessed with a once-in-a-lifetime role in Ray
, Foxx pulled off the tricky feat of subsuming himself, body and soul, into the character of music legend Ray Charles and picked up the majority of critics' awards, not to mention the Golden Globe. Don't worry, Mr. Foxx. Oscar'll be good to you.