In a year where many of the Oscar races are still wide open, there’s one in the Top Six that’s definitively been decided. Daniel Day-Lewis has had a lock on his third Academy Award since the first image from Lincoln was released. Ok, so maybe a few voters waited to actually see his uncanny interpretation of our 16th president, but even they had to be won over before David Oyelowo finished reciting the Gettysburg Address.
No, all that’s left in the Best Actor race is to read the name pointlessly hidden in the envelope. But what if there was more? What if someone else could still win? I’m not about to put forth a theory suggesting any of the other four nominees could actually beat Day-Lewis. That’s not going to happen. Just imagine that DDL isn’t in the race. Maybe he was unjustly snubbed like Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow. Maybe Lincoln was pushed back a year so he didn’t qualify. Whatever you want the scenario to be, it involves a wide open Best Actor field from this point forward.