Oscars 2015: Meet the Best Actor nominees

Benedict Cumberbatch, Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne nominated for this year's Oscars

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The best actor nominees for the 87th Academy Awards ceremony have been announced. In the running to take home the coveted award are:

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Eddie Redmayne

Film: The Theory of Everything

Oscar history: Redmayne just earned a Best Actor Golden Globe – could an Oscar follow?

Eddie Redmayne already had an impressive haul of film credits including Les Miserables, My Week with Marilyn and The Other Boleyn Girl, and a dedicated fan base. But it’s The Theory of Everything – in which he plays young Stephen Hawking – that’s catapulted him into the consciousness of film-goers and award-givers alike, and won him best actor at this year’s Golden Globes. Is an Oscar next?


Michael Keaton

Film: Birdman

Oscar history: Keaton also bagged a best actor award at the Golden Globes but this would be his first Oscar.

Keaton was a shoo-in for a nominations thanks to his critically acclaimed portrayal of a fading Hollywood star haunted by the superhero character that brought him fame. Sure, his CV boasts classics like Batman and Beetlejuice, but he admits this could be his best work. “This is an extraordinary film,” he told RadioTimes.com.


Benedict Cumberbatch

Film: The Imitation Game

Oscar history: Cumberbatch has an Emmy under his belt and hoards of nominations, including a recent nod from the Golden Globes. This would be his first Oscar.

The Sherlock star is a man in demand and he’d certainly make for a popular Oscar winner. He’s earned rave reviews for his turn as genius cryptographer Alan Turing, who cracked the Enigma code during the Second World War in The Imitation Game. Called “a career-best performance” no less by Radio Times’ film experts. An Oscar win would be quite the cherry on top, wouldn’t it?


Steve Carell

Film: Foxcatcher

Oscar history: Carell earned a Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actor for this wrestling hit. This would be his first Oscar.

Foxcatcher plays out the real life events of the late 1980s wrestling scene in which Steve Carell is barely recognisable as billionaire sponsor John du Pont. “Carell really knocks it out of the park with his first straight dramatic role,” say our film critics. The actor lists Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues among his recent work, too. We bargain his acceptance speech would be one to remember.


Bradley Cooper

Film: American Sniper

Oscar history: Nominated in 2013 and 2014 for Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle respectively

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And that makes three… yes, actor Bradley Cooper now has three Oscar nominations to his name. Will 2015 be the year he makes it official with a gorgeous golden statuette? Cooper earns the nomination this year for his role as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper. A gripping tale of modern day war, that shows off a darker side to Cooper’s acting skills, following on from voicing the rather more playful part of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy.