Best Actor

Will Smith
King Richard
Benedict Cumberbatch
The Power of the Dog
Andrew Garfield
Tick, Tick, Boom!
Denzel Washington
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Nicolas Cage
Pig
2 nominations1 nomination1 nomination8 nominations (for acting),
2 wins
2 nominations, 1 win
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In contention for the win. Expect some backlashRunaway precursor champ. Locked inLocked and loadedMacbeth hit at the right time and he is undeniable at this pointIf Cage gets a nod, he can thank his wonderful performance, but the timing of the Hulu release certainly didn’t hurt
ALTERNATIVES
Peter Dinklage
Cyrano
Simon Rex
Red Rocket
Leonardo DiCaprio
Don’t Look Up
Clifton Collins Jr
Jockey
Joaquin Phoenix
C’mon C’mon
No nominationsNo nominations6 nominations, 1 win (for acting)No nominations4 nominations, 1 win
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A travesty of release mis-management. He should be a shoe-in, but I would be shocked 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.Never doubt Leo in a Best Actor race. The film is divisive (to say the least), but you never knowAs great as he is, not many are seeing the film. Would be a welcome surprise, but not to be expected at this pointMike Mills films can swing a nomination, but will the Joaquin afterglow still be there following his Joker win?
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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 nominations2 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