02/21/2013 09:59 am ET

Best Actor Prediction: Daniel Day-Lewis Will Probably Triumph At The Academy Awards

Oscar season kicked off in January of 2012 when "Beasts of the Southern Wild" wowed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival. Thirteen months later, "Beasts" will compete for a host of Oscars at the 85th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 24. With awards season mercifully coming to a close, HuffPost Entertainment is here with a preview of the major categories at the Oscars 2013 ceremony. Next up: picking the Best Actor winner.

Best Actor Nominees: Bradley Cooper ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Hugh Jackman ("Les Miserables"), Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln"), Joaquin Phoenix ("The Master"), Denzel Washington ("Flight")

The Race Thus Far: Over. Since November, Daniel Day-Lewis has been the favorite to win an Oscar; if he doesn't take home a record third Best Actor trophy, assume the Academy Awards ceremony got canceled.

The Potential Spoiler(s): In another year, Jackman and Cooper would be battling it out for Best Actor. This isn't another year, however, and both actors are destined to finish behind Day-Lewis. That's too bad, since Jackman and Cooper gave career-best performances in 2012. Better luck next career.

Best Actor Prediction : Day-Lewis.

In the mood for actual data and evidence instead of speculation and conjecture? The Huffington Post Oscar Predictions Dashboard can be found here.

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Oscar Nominees 2013