Best Actor

Awards Nominations:

Gotham Award Winner
* Independent Spirit Award Nominee
National Board of Review Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Nominee
Golden Globe Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Nominee
* BAFTA Nominee 

The Low Down

Bradley Cooper has burst onto the scene in a big way with A Star is Born. The actor directed, produced AND wrote himself a winning portrayal that may just bring the three-time nominee his due. But will they want to reward him here, or in another category like Director? Right now he doesn’t have much competition; First Man had a successful landing at Venice but the reviews have been modest towards Ryan Gosling’s portrayal of Neil Armstrong. Still, he might slide in due to a lack of competition. 

Willem Dafoe won Best Actor at Venice, which may help him complete a victory lap after being nominated for The Florida Project last year while Steve Carrell has Beautiful Boy AND Welcome to Marwen this year. And the looming presence of Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in Vice is something to watch out for. 

The Frontrunners

  1. Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  2. Ryan Gosling, First Man

Coming on Strong:

  1. Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
  2. Ethan Hawke, First Reformed+*
  3. Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
  4. Hugh Jackman, The Frontrunner

Question Marks:

  1. Christian Bale, Vice
  2. Steve Carrell, Welcome to Marwen
  3. Michael B. Jordan, Creed II
  4. Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody