OSCARS 2013: Know Your Nominees: Best Actor

In the days leading up to the 85th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well known, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

Bradley Cooper

bradley cooperNominated for: Playing a bipolar Eagles fan with relationship issues in Silver Linings Playbook.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actor, Australian Film Institute.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Won, Best Actor in a Comedy, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Capri Actor Award, Capri, Hollywood

Nominated, Best Actor, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Actor of the Year, Hollywood Film Festival.

Nominated, Best Male Lead, Independent Spirt Awards

Won, Best Actor, National Board of Review, USA

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Where you might know him from:

Cooper is known for his work in a nuber of films, including Wedding Crashers, The Hangover and The A-Team.

History with Oscar:

This is Cooper’s first nomination.

 

Daniel Day-Lewis

daniel_day_lewisNominated for: Playing the titular Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actor, Australian Film Institute.

Won, Best Actor, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

Won, Best Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated,  Actor of the Year & British Actor of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Actor, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Actor, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Actor, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Won, Best Actor, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Day-Lewis has carved out and eclectic career for himself. He has worked in a diverse set of films such as My Beautiful Launderette, The Last of the Mohicans, and The Age of Innocence

History with Oscar:

Daniel Day-Lewis has won two Oscars and been nominated five times in total.

1990: Best Actor in a Leading Role, My Left Foot (Won)

1994: Best Actor in a Leading Role, In the Name of the Father (Lost to Tom Hanks, Philadelphia)

2003: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Gangs of New York (Lost to Adrien Brody, The Pianist)

2008: Best Actor in a Leading Role, There Will Be Blood (Won)

 

Hugh Jackman

hugh-jackman-picture-4Nominated for: Playing the iconic Jean Valjean in the film adaptation of Les Miserables.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actor, Australian Film Institute.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Actor of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Satellite Awards

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Nominated, Best Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Jackman is most known for originating the role of Wolverine in the X-Men franchise, but has also appeared in Kate & Leopold, The Prestige, and Real Steel.

History with Oscar:

This is Hugh Jackman’s first Oscar nomination.

 

Joaquin Phoenix

joaquin phoenixNominated for: Playing an alcoholic Navy veteran drawn into a Scientology-like program in The Master.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Actor, Austin Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Actor, Australian Film Institute.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Actor of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actor, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

3rd Place, Actor of the Year, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Actor, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

2nd Place, Best Actor, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Volpi Cup, Best Actor, Venice Film Festival

Nominated, Best Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Phoenix has appeared in films such as To Die For, Inventing the Abbotts and Signs.

History with Oscar:

Joaquin Phoenix has three total Oscar nominations.

2001: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Gladiator (Lost to Benicio Del Toro, Traffic)

2006: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role , Walk the Line (Lost to Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Capote).

Denzel Washington

denzeloscarsNominated for: Playing an alcoholic airline pilot in Flight.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actor, Australian Film Institute.

Nominated, Best Actor, Black Reel Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, Image Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Nominated, Best Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Washington got his start on the television program, St. Elsewhere. He has also starred in a great number of films in his career, most notably Inside Man and American Gangster.

History with Oscar:

Denzel Washington has two Oscars and six total nominations.

1988: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Cry Freedom ( Lost to Michael Douglas, Wall Street).

1990: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Glory (Won)

1993: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Malcolm X (Lost to Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman)

2000: Best Actor in a Leading Role,The Hurricane (Lost to Kevin Spacey, American Beauty)

2002: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Training Day (Won)

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