Beyond The Telluride Film Fest: And The Winner Is?

Bruce Dern, who starred in "Nebraska" is a contender (from The New York Times)

Bruce Dern, who starred in “Nebraska” is a contender (from The New York Times)

This time it was the New York Times’ Melena Ryzik, aka, The Carpetbagger, weighing in. The article about the rogue’s gallery lined up (or lining up) in Best Actor category proves this is going to be a fight to the finish. Four of the favorites dazzled audiences with their dramatic chops at the Telluride Film Festival. Read on to find out who.

Christian Bale more or less looks like himself in “Out of the Furnace,” which is something of a feat. As an ex-con mill worker in Scott Cooper’s working-class drama, Mr. Bale, a performer capable of extreme physical transformation, sports longish hair and a goatee, as he often does off screen. And, on his neck, a tattoo of the ZIP code of Braddock, Pa., where the movie is set.        

 “He’s somebody who, in a different time, would have been absolutely considered to be the backbone of America,” Mr. Bale said of his quiet, loyal character.

Then there’s “American Hustle.” To play Irving Rosenfeld, a con man turned F.B.I. informant, in David O. Russell’s caper, …

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