Best Actor

Will Smith
King Richard
Benedict Cumberbatch
The Power of the Dog
Andrew Garfield
Tick, Tick, Boom!
Denzel Washington
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Peter Dinklage
Cyrano
2 nominations1 nomination1 nomination8 nominations (for acting),
2 wins
No nominations
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Smith’s public life has surpassed his work in recent years, but a high-profile role as the father of the Williams sisters could set the stage for a critical comebackThe role in Campion’s film is supposed to be the juiciest, but Cumberbatch can go a bit too big. The cast could also overshadow his effortsHis career has been more on the indie side lately, but with Lin Manuel Miranda behind the camera, a La La Land reception could get Garfield his second nominationThe most reliable of Oscar’s favorite men, Denzel always delivers, but how does that work when it a Coen is involved and they have Shakespeare to deal with?Being beloved by the Emmys doesn’t always translate to Oscar, but if the film hits, expect Dinklage to jump to the top of a lot of lists
ALTERNATIVES
Leonardo DiCaprio
Don’t Look Up
Joaquin Phoenix
C’mon C’mon
Nicolas Cage
Pig
Clifton Collins Jr
Jockey
Simon Rex
Red Rocket
6 nominations, 1 win (for acting)4 nominations, 1 win2 nominations, 1 winNo nominationsNo nominations
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Never doubt Leo in a Best Actor race. The film is divisive (to say the least), but you never knowMike Mills films can swing a nomination, but will the Joaquin afterglow still be there following his Joker win?age has gotten some of the best reviews of his career, but how many people have passion for the film that was released in the summer?As great as he is, not many are seeing the film. Would be a welcome surprise, but not to be expected at this pointSmall films with unsympathetic leads are a tough sell when the star is a movie star, but Rex is not. Rave reviews, but would be a real stretch.
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Bradley Cooper
Nightmare Alley
Jude Hill
Belfast
Oscar Isaac
The Card Counter
Anthony Ramos
In the Heights
Mahershala Ali
Swan Song
4 nominations (for acting)No nominationsNo nominationsNo nominations 2 nominations, 2 wins
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Cooper has gotten great and mixed reviews for the film, but his movie stardom could win outInline for all the breakthrough awards. Young actors have a tough time breaking through to the Oscar lineup a la Jamie BellIt has to happen for Isaac eventually, but Schrader films are not usually the Academy’s cup of teaShould have been more in the conversation, but the film just couldn’t gain the momentumThe movie landed with a quiet response, despite the Golden Globe nomination