And the Nominees are…

  • Christian Bale – American Hustle
  • Bruce Dern – Nebraska
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
  • Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

This year marks the first time since 1966 that the entire field is comprised of performances from Best Picture-nominated films. Prior to this quintet, the acting categories were filled with performances from Best Picture-nominated films only six times in the 85 years of the Academy Awards. Coincidentally, it happened twice this year (Supporting Actor being the other). So you can update your stat trackers to show that it has now occurred eight times in 86 years.

Like it was with my analysis on the Supporting Actor race, the Lead Actor contest seems pretty sewn up at this point. But we shouldn’t assume this is a done deal or we might look foolish on Oscar night (think: Adrien Brody – The Pianist).

Here is a little bit more information about your nominees: