But, it seems that it would be a tough fight for him as he is pitted against actors like Hugh Jackman and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of a World War II veteran who tries hard to fit in the post-war society is incredible and overwhelming. He beautifully oscillates between insecurity and self assurance in his character. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, 'The Master' is a socio-political drama and Joaquin tries to put his best foot forward with the film.
Though Joaquin has earned himself a nomination the in Academy Awards for the Best Actor, but it would be difficult to surpass Daniel Day-Lewis' performance.
After bagging the best actor award at the BAFTAs, Golden Globe and Screen Guild Awards, Daniel Day-Lewis seems the most promising actor to take away the golden lady this time. With his brilliant portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's film 'Lincoln', the actor yet again sweeps you off your feet with his great acting skills.
'Lincoln' brings forth the story of Honest Abe's juggling act of slavery abolition and end of civil war. And, the method actor Daniel Day Lewis breathes life into the character and it is very difficult that you will not get overwhelmed by his performance in the film.
Denzel Washington has been given his meatiest role in 'Flight' where he plays a pilot with a substance abuse problem whose life changes after he performs a daring maneuver during an airliner crash.
Hugh Jackman did not just lose a few pounds to shoot the opening scenes of his Oscar nominated film 'Les Miserables', but the actor later even had to put on weight for the rest of the musical. Considering it a total challenge, the actor had to not learn his lines but had to actually strike the right note for the musical by straining his vocal chords.
Hugh Jackman plays Jean Valjean who is imprisoned years earlier for stealing a loaf of bread and later he decides to break his parole following his release and assume a new identity. Hugh Jackman's performance in the film is admiring and might win him an Oscar.
Denzel is undoubtedly known as a great performer and his intense act in 'Flight' truly justifies his craft. 'Flight' is Denzel's best performance since his 2001 film 'Turning Day'.
David O Russell's 'Silver Linings Playbook' gave Bradley Cooper his first Oscar nomination in the category of the Best Actor. The actor, who plays bipolar protagonist, charms everyone with his performance and establishes himself as an actor in industry.