The two lead acting categories are miles apart in terms of the current standing. Barring a late in the year breakout contender Lead Actress is shaping up to be a Blanchett coronation, while a field of newcomers like Brie Larson and Adele Exarcharpoulos hope to ride a wave of critical support onto one of the remaining slots.
Meanwhile Lead Actor is turning into such a slugfest that no one is really safe, not even colossal performances like Tom Hanks and Bruce Dern. A second tier of strong work from the likes Forest Whitaker and Michael B Jordan is waiting in the wings if one of the big names falters. If DiCaprio or Bale make a run at the trophy then major snubs will be unavoidable. Holding off until 2014 is looking like a smarter move by the hour for Foxcatcher's Steve Carell.
In any case, the standings will certainly reshuffled a half dozen more times between now and nomination morning. Until then check out the standings and prepare to rally around your favorite contenders:
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