Best Actor

Clifton Collins Jr
Michael Keaton
Bradley Cooper
Soggy Bottom
Will Smith
King Richard
Brendan Fraser
The Whale
No nominations1 nomination4 nominations (for acting)2 nominationsNo nominations
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Character actor makes good is a tale as old as time and Collins won raves for his work as a complex horse jockey. Expect this one to stickHe was this close to winning Best Actor for Birdman and has yet to return to the nominees since. If Worth hits big, he could easily be along for the rideThe Oscars obviously love him with four acting nominations, and PTA gets his actors nominated quite often. Is this more Phantom Thread or Inherent Vice?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 comebackFrasier has never truly been close to Oscar and Aronofsky could change that. But, the more problematic aspects of the film could doom his chances
Benedict Cumberbatch
The Power of the Dog
Denzel Washington
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Andrew Garfield
Tick, Tick, Boom!
Michael Fassbender
Next Goal Wins
Ralph Fiennes
The Forgiven
1 nomination8 nominations (for acting),
2 wins
1 nomination2 nominations1 nomination
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The 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 effortsThe 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?His 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 nominationFassbender has been hit or miss with broad or specialized Oscar films so who really knows?Fiennes feels like he is constantly nominated, but he actually hasn’t recieved attention since 1996. He could be due for a return
Austin Butler
Baz Lurhman’s Elvis FIlm
Anthony Ramos
In the Heights
Michael Gandolfini
The Many Saints of Newark
Bradley Cooper
Nightmare Alley
Winston Duke
Nine Days
No nominationsNo nominationsNo nominations 4 nominations (for acting) No nominations
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There is no precedent for big screen Elvis adaptations (they’ve all be on TV), so Butler has his work cut out for him. Will Hanks steal the spotlight?The breakout star of a crowd-pleasing Best Picture contender will always be in consideration. The film might be viewed more as an ensemble than a showcaseHow much of the film will be performance and how much will be imitation. The late James Gandolfini never got any Academy recognition, but maybe his son canCooper stays working, but he might be overworking and cancels himself out over all these roles. Will this one stand out over the PTA film?Duke shot to stardom almost instantly and this Sundance entry could translate if they embrace the film. It might be too weird for them