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Oscar Predictions: 10 Potential Best Actor Candidates for 2016

2. Matt Damon

A few years ago, it’d be easy enough to write off Damon’s chances for critical acclaim by virtue of the fact that his vehicle, The Martian, is straight up science fiction. Historically, the Academy has dismissed sci-fi pretty much altogether. That’s all changing, though, with films like Gravity scoring big in awards season. The Academy’s newfound love for the extra-terrestrial combined with glowing reviews for both the film and Damon’s largely solo performance make him something of a shoe-in for a nomination at the very least.

Matt Damon
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