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2014 Oscar predictions: Best actor

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It seemed for a while that this year’s nominees for best actor had pretty much settled despite another deep year of performances. That’s beginning to change now as those five look vulnerable and an industry favorite is quickly making up ground after being the last one out of the gate. It’s hard to argue against almost any of these performances, but no one is as safe as they thought they were at one point.

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Here’s how things are lining up as of right now:

1. Matthew McConaugheyDallas Buyers Club
2. Chiwetel Ejiofor12 Years a Slave
3. Bruce DernNebraska
4. Robert RedfordAll is Lost
5. Tom HanksCaptain Phillips
6. Leonardo DiCaprioThe Wolf of Wall Street
7. Michael B. JordanFruitvale Station
8. Oscar IsaacInside Llewyn Davis
9. Joaquin PhoenixHer
10. Idris ElbaMandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Read the list for more on where this race lies.

Next week will feature looks at best director and best picture, before issuing my own predictions for the Golden Globes.

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