Published: Friday February 15, 2013 MYT 4:52:00 PM
Updated: Friday February 15, 2013 MYT 5:16:47 PM
Best Actor In A Leading Role
By Punitha Yogaratnam
Who is your leading man to win the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role? We’re rooting for Daniel Day-Lewis who played the late American President Abraham Lincoln to perfection. But we’re sure you’ll have your favourite. Here’s the low down on the nominated actors for this leading role accolade.
He was People magazine’s 2011’s Sexiest Man Alive and rightly so. Bradley Cooper gained notoriety for his role as Will Tippin in the hit TV spy show Alias. But this was not Bradley’s first acting job. In fact he began his professional career on Sex And The City in 1999, but he didn’t hold on to the role.
Instead, Bradley went on to star in several short-lived TV series before moving to the silver screen in such movies like Failure To Launch, He’s Just Not That Into You, The Hangover and Valentine’s Day.
It wasn’t until the thriller Limitless in 2001 that Hollywood really started to notice this hunk. Then, of course, there was The Hangover Part II, which further pushed him into the limelight.
By 2011, celebrity magazines like GQ and People were handing this now 38-year-old actor the International Man Of The Year award and telling the whole world he’s the sexiest man alive.
This nomination for the Best Actor award is Bradley’s first. He is nominated in David O Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook in which he shares screen time with the likes of Robert De Niro and fellow nominee Jennifer Lawrence.
He is one of Hollywood’s best although he has starred in only six films since 1997. The time between his movies is about five years. Why the long breaks, you ask? Well, 55-year-old Daniel is known to be one of the most selective actors in the film industry, taking on roles he feels he can master.
This English actor not only learns his lines but he’s also known to research his characters in details often times remaining in character for the duration of the shooting schedule. It’s also been reported that he gets so into his roles that his health has suffered because of it.
In his Oscar winning role as disabled Christy Brown, in My Left Foot, Daniel apparently broke two ribs during filming from assuming a hunched-over position in a wheelchair he used throughout the shoot. According to reports, he used to remain in the wheelchair even when he was not shooting a scene just so he could remain in character.
This dedicated actor has two Oscars (My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood) and numerous awards to his name.
For his latest role, Daniel Day-Lewis takes on the American President, Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielbert’s Lincoln. The film, already a commercial success raking in over US$220 million worldwide, is nominated for 12 Academy Awards.
Will Daniel Day-Lewis take home his third statue? Bets are pretty high for this seasoned actor who has already won a Golden Globe for his latest role.
This Australian actor is no stranger to musicals having starred in the Royal National Theater's stage production of Oklahoma! as well as the 1999 film version.
He's sung brilliantly we might add, at the 81st Academy Awards and has starred most famously as Wolverine in the X-Men series. Although there's no singing there, we were equally impressed with him.
But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this year has nominated this 45-year-old dad of two for his starring role as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Miserables.
This is Hugh's first Academy Award nomination. He recently picked up a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy in this very same musical.
Hugh, who graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts didn't have to wait long before he was hired. “I was technically unemployed as an actor for thirteen seconds,” Hugh has said explaining in published articles that he received a phone call offering him a role on Correlli the night of his final Academy graduation performance.
The 10-part drama series was his first major professional job. It was also the place he first met his future bride, Deborra Lee Furness.
Hugh Jackman, who has starred in over 25 films and TV shows both in the United States as well as in Australia, has not looked back since.
This director/producer/singer/social activist and multiple-award winning actor is no stranger to the big screen. Joaquin, 38, first gain recognition when he starred in the epic film Gladiator, a role that earned him an Oscar nomination, a BAFTA nomination and a Globe nomination.
But he got wider attention as musician Johnny Cash in the country singer's biographical movie, Walk The Line, in which he received another Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe for Best Actor and a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack.
This year Joaquin is nominated for the Best Actor award for his work in The Master, a story about a war vet who stumbles upon a cult and gets highly involved especially with its charismatic leader played by Philip Seymour Hoffman.
But Joaquin has had his share of troubles. He was in a rehab for alcoholism in 2005 but a year later, while driving down a canyon road in Hollywood he ran off the road only to be later saved by German film director Werner Herzog who lived in a home nearby.
Then in 2009, the actor appered on the Late Show With David Letterman and was talking incoherently about his 'retirement' from acting and his interest in Hip Hop.
His actions made the news worldwide with some believing Joaquin had lost it. But the actor, a year later, came back to the Late Show and explained that his actions were part of a mockumentary, I'm Still Here that he and his pal Casey Affleck was filming. That raised several eyebrows in Hollywood but nothing became of the film.
This actor has had an illustrious career spanning over three and a half decades. He was first nominated for an Oscar for his role as Steve Biko in Cry Freedom (1987). Two years later, he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Glory. In 2001, he won the Oscar again, this time for Best Actor in his role as Detective Alonzo Harris in Training Day.
Denzel, who turns 59 this year, is nominated for Flight. The story revolves around an airline pilot who saves his passengers from crashing but later has to face his inner demons when there is an inquiry into the near crash.
Known for his portrayals of real-life figures such as Malcolm X, Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter and Herman Boone, Denzel is married to Pauletta Pearson whom he med on the set of his first screen work, the TV series Wilma. The couple have four kids.
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