Six great performances by lead actors that ought to be nominated

It’s fairly slim pickins in the movie lead actor category for 2017, at least compared with the bountiful selection of fine actress performances, assessed here.

Who are the Oscars speculators betting on? Probably my top two actor choices, along with Daniel Day-Lewis and Gary Oldman and any other British Acting Institution who didn’t 100 percent embarrass himself in some twee project. (Most did.)

Before listing my own picks, though, note that if you like great acting, you should make every effort to catch Jake Gyllenhaal’s wrenching “Stronger” portrait of a screw-up who’s thrust by tragedy into having to act like a hero, and Robert Pattinson’s all-night ride through a New York criminal’s narcissistic id in “Good Time.”

I finally decided, though, that much of last year’s best acting was done in places people who take Oscars seriously are too pretentious to appreciate. That most of those…

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