Who will win Best Actor, Drama: Denzel Washington or Casey Affleck? | The Tylt
Who will win Best Actor, Drama: Denzel Washington or Casey Affleck?
The race is set between two actors, and the winner might determine who's the frontrunner for the Academy Award in the Best Actor category.
Washington reprises his stage role as a Black man in the 1950s bitter over past events from his life. On stage or on the silver screen—Washington is mesmerizing as a baseball player denied a professional career due to both his age and race. Troy Maxson might be a flawed character, but he's hard-working man who has struggled, and who has managed to take care of his family for 18 years. Washington has mastered the role time and time again on stage, and he's done something special directing and starring as the famed character.
Washington is considered one of cinema's greatest actors, and this is one of his best roles. That's saying a lot because there are MANY great roles to choose from. "Fences" might not only lead to a Golden Globe win, but a third Oscar win. Only cinema's most acclaimed actors (Daniel Day Lewis, Jack Nicholson) have accomplished this. Washington might be the next.
Affleck plays a man who returns home after his brother dies and is tasked with taking care of his nephew. He's considered not only the frontrunner to win the Golden Globe for Best Actor, Drama, but for an Oscar win too! Many critics have lauded his performance and the film.
But in recent months, Affleck has undergone some controversy and backlash after allegations of past sexual violence came to light. But some critics say it's too late to protest an Oscar nomination now that he's the clear frontrunner. Although the allegations might lead to paving the way for another actor to win at the Golden Globes and Oscars—regardless of a nomination.
Nate Parker, who garnered acclaim earlier in the year for "The Birth of a Nation," also received backlash after the Internet learned he was acquitted of rape charges in 1999. The New York Magazine reported—and many other critics have also noted—that Affleck's case is slightly different. Parker's career might be over, but Affleck is a power player in Hollywood (alongside his brother Ben). And let's not forget the white male privilege factor; his past not ruining his bright future. Just ask Woody Allen. Should his art be separate from personal past? Well, the sexual assault allegations happened on-set of a previous movie.
And while many have praised his performance, detractors argue that accountability of male entertainers who have committed sexual assault shouldn't be limited to the perpetrator's race or amount of power.