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Oscars 2022: Best Actor Nominees
- Will Smith - King Richard
- Benedict Cumberbatch - The Power of the Dog
- Javier Bardem - Being the Ricardos
- Andrew Garfield - Tick, Tick... Boom!
- Denzel Washington - The Tragedy of Macbeth
Five masterful performances across the year, so how do we separate them when it comes to picking a winner for this award.
Of the five nominees for Best Actor, two of the films are also nominated for Best Film showing just how impactful those performances have been on the entertainment world ahead of the ceremony.
But who is the favorite? Who is the most likely to win? And who's got a real shot rather than just in the race to make up the numbers? Let's take a look...
Will Smith - King Richard (-260)
The man who made a name for himself as the 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' and has since gone on to become one of the biggest names in Hollywood, Will Smith is the man leading the charge for the Academy award.
Smith has earned this nomination, his third in the category after Ali and Pursuit of Happyness, for his depicture as Richard Williams, the father of legendary tennis sister duo Serena and Venus Williams.
Many people immediately backed Smith to be crowned the winner of this award after the film premiered at Telluride.
However since the buzz of the film has died down, so have the immediate calls for Smith to be crowned as the Best Actor for the first time in his career.
His performance has already earned him the Golden Globe award and a SAG nomination, but the odds are arguably skewed a bit too heavily in his favor considering the chatter currently.
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Benedict Cumberbatch - The Power of the Dog (+275)
The man who has recently received a huge surge in popularity for the award, Cumberbatch's powerful performance is most likely to upset Smith's success for the third time.
'The Power of the Dog' has been widely considered as the best performance of Cumberbatch's career to date, which is saying a lot for someone best known for playing Dr. Strange in the Marvel Universe.
His performance was good enough to earn the film 12 nominations for the Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress, which shows just how well the movie came together in the end.
The former Sherlock Holmes won the 'Best Actor award ahead of Smith at the New York Film Critics Circle and was the runner-up from the Los Angeles Critics' Group too, so he has plenty of backing to come out on top and win his first Oscar. I think he'll do it too.
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Andrew Garfield - Tick, Tick... Boom! (+700)
Garfield makes his claim for the big award by belting out renditions of several songs in this movie, and it's put him in with his best chance of winning the award so far in his career.
He plays the younger version of the creator of the film Jonathan Larson, in a movie all about his early career as a writer.
The songs are great, the energy is high and the costume is brilliant too as Garfield tops off an excellent year personally but unfortunately he's up against two behemoths in the category this year and won't win it.
In a weaker year, he'd likely have a decent shot, but this looks like a two-horse race at this point.
Bardem is a massive outsider for the award, but recent SAG nominations have seen some consider him as a real potential challenger this year in this award.
His casting in the movie itself saw plenty of criticism as he plays Desi Arnaz in this film, despite not being Cuban or of Cuban descent. Despite that though, the performance has earned him plenty of praise and at this price, it's definitely worth a little flutter
Arguably the biggest name in the category this year, Washington won't be adding to his two Academy Awards and won 'Best Actor award from 2002's Training Day.
Washington plays a dark villain in this one and catches the madness of Shakespeare's play perfectly but against the opposition in this category this year, I'd be shocked if he didn't finish bottom of the pile.
Being nominated at all is an honor in itself, but this will almost certainly be another losing effort for the legendary actor.
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