OSCARS 2015: Know Your Nominees: Best Actor

2015 Best Actor KYNIn the days leading up to the 87th 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.

Steve Carell

Carell KYNNominated for: Playing the homicidal wrestling patron John du Pont in Foxcatcher.

Other awards for this role:

Won, Creative Impact in Acting Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Won, Outstanding Performer of the Year Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Where you might know him from:

Carell is primarily known for comedy be it television (The Daily Show, The Office) or film (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year Old Virgin, Crazy, Stupid, Love).

History with Oscar:

This is Carell’s first nomination.

 

Bradley Cooper

Cooper KYNNominated for: Playing history’s most lethal Army sniper Chris Kyle in American Sniper.

Other awards for this role:

Won, Best Actor in an Action Movie, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Denver Film Critics Society.

Where you might know him from:

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

History with Oscar:

This is Bradley Cooper’s third acting Oscar nomination in as many years. He also co-produced American Sniper, so is also nominated this year for Best Picture.

2013: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Silver Linings Playbook (Lost to Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln)

2014: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, American Hustle (Lost to Jared Leto, The Dallas Buyers Club).

Benedict Cumberbatch

Cumberbatch KYNNominated for: Playing WWII code cracker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

Other awards for this role:

3rd Place, Best Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Hawaii International Film Festival.

Won, Actor of the Year, Hollywood Film Awards.

3rd Place, Best Actor, Iowa Film Critics Awards.

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

Where you might know him from:

Cumberbatch came to prominence in BBC’s Sherlock television program and has been cast as Doctor Strange by Marvel.

History with Oscar:

This is Cumberbatch’s first nomination.

Michael Keaton

Keaton KYNNominated for: Playing a once-popular actor fighting for a comeback in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

Other awards for this role:

Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Best Actor, 2015 Critics Choice Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

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

Won, Best Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actor, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Chicago International Film Festival.

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

Won, Best Actor, Detroit Film Critic Society, US.

Won, Best Actor, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Gotham Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Iowa Film Critics Awards.

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

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

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

2nd Place, Best Actor, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, National Board of Review.

Won, Best Actor, Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Actor, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Won, Modern Master Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Won, Best Actor, Utah Film Critic Association Awards.

3rd Place, Best Actor, Village Voice Film Poll.

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

Where you might know him from:

Keaton’s career reached its apex in the 1980s and 1990s, starting with comedic roles in Night Shift, Mr. Mom,and Gung Ho. He went on to iconic roles such as Batman and Beetlejuice before settling into supporting roles in films such as Out of Sight, Jackie Brown, and the RoboCop reboot.

History with Oscar:

This Michael Keaton’s first Oscar nomination.

Eddie Redmayne

Redmayne KYNNominated for: Playing a young Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Best Leading Actor, 2015 BATFA Awards.

Won, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award.

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

Won, Film Performance of the Year-Actor, Gay and Lesbian Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Breakout Performance-Actor, Hollywood Film Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actor, Iowa Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Actor, New York Film Critics, Online

Won, Desert Palm Achievement Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Won, Cinema Vanguard Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Won, Best Actor-Jury Prize, Tallin Black Nights Film Festival.

Won, Best Actor, Women Film Critics Circle Awards.

Where you might know him from:

You might recognize Redmayne from his roles in My Week With MarilynLes Miserables, or if you were one of the four people that saw Jupiter Ascending.

History with Oscar:

This Eddie Redmayne’s first Oscar nomination.

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Once again, because WordPress sucks, you can click the link to get to the article even though it says its not found.

Greg Korin
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I’m on Team Keaton myself…….