It has generally been challenging to celebrate men in Hollywood this year. Nevertheless, some lucky gent will pick up a Best Actor trophy at the Academy Awards.
By our count, 19 guys have a chance of landing one of the five available slots when the nominations are announced on Jan. 23. A few others, like James McAvoy (“Split”), Jeremy Renner (“Wind River”) and the late Harry Dean Stanton (“Lucky”), are hovering just outside the upper tier of this contest, proving it’s been a varied year for Hollywood’s leading lads on-screen.
Here are the semi-finalists, ranked according to how likely it is ― right now, before most of the precursor accolades have been revealed ― that they’ll cinch a nomination.