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Contenders: Lead Actor Preview
Playing a husband accused of his wife’s murder, Affleck is the steady center of David Fincher’s film.
“Get on Up”
After playing Jackie Robinson in “42,” Boseman tackles another icon in this biopic of James Brown.
Carell is virtually unrecognizable in a chilling turn as real-life murderer John du Pont.
Aging 12 years on screen, Coltrane is a commanding presence in every scene of Richard Linklater’s epic.
Cooper stars as Chris Kyle in the true story of a Navy SEAL whose skill with a rifle made him a wanted man by his enemies.
“Into the Woods”
The Tony winner stars as the Baker in this adaptation of the beloved Stephen Sondheim musical.
“Black and White”
There’s comeback buzz for Costner’s turn as a man battling for custody of his granddaughter.
“The Imitation Game”
Cumberbatch stars as the brilliant but troubled WWII codebreaker Alan Turing in this festival fave.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Mostly known for dramas, Fiennes is delightful in
Wes Anderson’s latest
The character actor earned some of the best reviews of his career for playing the priest of a small Irish town.
A dark, funny and transformative turn in this indie hit could score Gyllenhaal his second
“A Most Violent Year”
The up-and-coming Isaac is a commanding presence as a businessman accused
Everyone’s favorite comeback story, Keaton is flawless as an actor trying to mount a Broadway play.
Murray shines as a cranky misanthrope who develops a sweet relationship with
his young neighbor.
The British star beat countless others to land the lead role in Angelina Jolie’s biopic of Louis Zamperini.
The busy Oyelowo channels Martin Luther King Jr. in
Ava DuVernay’s biopic.
The legendary actor plays an older actor cuckolded by a young woman in this adaptation of Philip
“The Theory of Everything”
Redmayne disappears into the role of the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking in a star-making turn.
Teaming with frequent collaborator Mike Leigh, Spall won lead actor at Cannes for his portrayal of painter J.M.W. Turner.
Tatum is a revelation as a wrestler who first adores
— then clashes with —
Teller goes toe-to-toe with J.K. Simmons as an ambitious drumming student at a music conservatory.
Wahlberg steps into James Caan’s shoes in this remake about a professor with a secret life and addiction.