2022 Best Actor

Brendan Fraser
The Whale
Leonardo DiCaprio
Killers of the Flower Moon
Adam Driver
White Noise
Colman Domingo
Idris Elba
3000 Years of Longing
No nominations6 nominations, 1 win (for acting)2 nominationsNo nominatonsNo nominatons
On the comeback trail with a large rooting force. The film’s content could be the big hurdleThe Academy can rarely resist Leo when he is paired with Scorsese. The film would have to be a big dudBaumbach isn’t exactly the Oscar favorite, but Driver is hard to escape these daysNo one hates Domingo. Right place, right time and he could find himself in line for the statueGeorge Miller films have a spotty track record with AMPAS, but if the film hits critically, Elba is a prime candidate for a spot
Brad Pitt
Willem Dafoe
Poor Things
Austin Butler
Hugh Jackman
The Son
Joaquin Phoenix
Disappointment Blvd.
4 nominations, 1 win (for acting)4 nominationsNo nominatons1 nomination4 nominations, 1 win
The Oscars didn’t respond well to First Man, so we’ll have to wait and see if Pitt can keep his momentum from his winWe are in the throws of the Willem Dafoe appreciation tour and if the film is in any way palatable to the Oscars, he could get thereCould be more of a breakout candidate, but lord knows the Oscars love to nominated a biopic performanceIt’s shocking he only has one nomination, but if the Academy reacts to The Son like they did to The Father, he could be a synchThe Oscars haven’t touched Ari Aster yet, but you never know when those types of filmmakers can finally break through
Timothee Chalamet
Bones & All
Colin Firth
Empire of Light
Michael Fassbender
Next Goal Wins
Colin Farrell
The Banshees of Inisherin
Daryl McCormack
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
1 nomination2 nominations, 1 win2 nominationsNo nominationsNo nominations
The kind of Guadagnino film are we getting will determine how seriously we need to take ChalametSeemed to step away after his Oscar win, but this Sam Mendes love story could find him back in the Academy’s good gracesThe buzz has quieted greatly on Taika Waititi’s latest, but Fassbender doesn’t work much anymore. Maybe they miss himFarrell does his best work with McDonough and if the film hits, it would be easy to see him go along for the ridePoised for a big breakout, but the film will have to be a hit for him to break through