The Best Actor category at the Oscars hasn’t always been as fascinating as the Best Actress category. This year, though, several deserving performances are competing for a spot among the final five nominees. Despite the fact that the year 2021 was a difficult one for the film industry, Hollywood nevertheless managed to produce a number of films that showcased the talents of its starring men. Some are Oscar favourites, while others are vying for their first nomination, but they all have one thing in common: an Oscar-worthy performance.
1. Will Smith – King Richard
Thanks to his compassionate portrayal in King Richard, one of the best tennis movies of the new millennium, about Venus and Serena Williams’ father, Richard Williams, the actor, who many consider one of the last movie stars, is the favourite to win the Oscar.
Smith strikes all of the proper notes to secure a nomination, and his storey is the type that award voters love. It also helps that King Richard is a strong contender across the board, with a strong chance of being nominated for Oscars 2022 Best Picture.
2. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power Of The Dog
Phil Burbank, a nasty rancher, establishes two very distinct and intricate connections with his brother’s new wife and her kid, played by the English actor. If interest in The Power of the Dog grows, Cumberbatch may win one of the major awards, most likely the BAFTA. However, only time will tell if that is enough to earn an Oscars 2022 nomination.
3. Andrew Garfield – Tick, Tick… BOOM!
Thanks to his efforts on tick, tick… BOOM!, Andrew Garfield is on track to receive his second Academy Award nomination. Jonathan Larson, a soon-to-be thirty-year-old, strives to complete his ambitious stage musical in time for an impending performance. Garfield is currently on everyone’s attention thanks to the popularity of Spider-Man: No Way Home.
4. Denzel Washington – The Tragedy Of Macbeth
Denzel Washington is one of Hollywood’s most talented actors. His extensive and illustrious career, as well as his nine Oscar nominations, including eight for acting, speak for themselves. Thanks to Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, a new take on William Shakespeare’s great tragedy, he is once again a contender this year.
5. Peter Dinklage – Cyrano
Game of Thrones is a difficult act to follow, but Peter Dinklage is forging a solid film career, as evidenced by his performance in Cyrano. Based on the same-named 2018 musical, which is based on the famous 1897 drama Cyrano de Bergerac. The shamelessly romantic tone of Cyrano makes it difficult to resist. Cyrano follows the titular character as he aids a young man in conquering a woman with whom he is in love.
6. Leonardo DiCaprio – Don’t Look Up
Don’t Look Up is a disaster film about a comet destroying the Earth. DiCaprio plays an astrophysicist who goes on a media tour to warn humanity about the threat. DiCaprio is no stranger to the Oscars, having received six nominations and one win, and his star power alone could be enough to overcome the film’s uneven reviews. Given how current Don’t Look Up is, the Academy may succumb to its allure and bestow numerous nominations on the film, including one for its beloved leading man.
7. Cooper Hoffman – Licorice Pizza
Licorice Pizza, a coming-of-age comedy about Alana and Gary’s romance in 1970s California, is Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film. The film was universally praised by critics, who dubbed it Anderson’s most approachable picture to date.
Alana Haim, the film’s female star, has received the majority of the accolades so far. However, given that the film is a Best Picture contender, critics can’t and shouldn’t overlook her co-star, rookie Cooper Hoffman.
8. Nicolas Cage – Pig
Few performers have had careers as tumultuous or intriguing as Nicolas Cage’s. Cage, who won an Oscar for his role in Leaving Las Vegas in 1995, maybe nominated again this year for his performance in Pig, the storey of a truffle fisherman who returns to his hometown of Portland to go down the man who kidnapped his beloved pig.
Pig is, without a doubt, Nicolas Cage’s best recent film.