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It’s time to polish your shoes and Febreeze your tuxedo: the Oscars are almost here. The 88th Academy Awards are set to air live on February 28. The official nominations won’t be announced until January 14, but it’s never too early to guess who will get nominated for their performances in a bunch of movies you haven’t seen! Here are the most likely 2016 Academy Award nominees for Best Actor.

Last year, Eddie Redmayne won the Oscar in this category for his stellar performance in The Theory of Everything. He may score back-to-back nominations after receiving rave reviews for his performance in 2015's The Danish Girl. Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated for Best Actor four times. Will his turn in The Revenant earn him another nom, and maybe even that win he's been waiting for? The young Ghanaian actor, Abraham Attah, has even received Oscar buzz for his performance of a child soldier alongside Idris Alba in Netflix's Beasts of No Nation. With no clear frontrunner, the race for nominations is wide open.  

With Michael Fassbender portraying Steve Jobs (Steve Jobs) and Bryan Cranston playing screenwriter Donald Trumbo (Trumbo), actors portraying real-life figures prove to be as popular as ever. Other Best Actor frontrunners performing in films inspired by true events include Steve Carell (The Big Short), Will Smith (Concussion), and Johnny Depp (Black Mass). 

What actors do you think should be nominated for best actor at the Academy Awards? Make your voice heard. Vote up the men who you think were the best actors and deserve the 2016 Oscar nominations for Best Actor. Vote down any performance you think is overrated.
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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio age 42 - Nominated for The Revenant

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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Michael Fassbender age 40 - Nominated for Steve Jobs

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Matt Damon age 46 - Nominated for The Martian

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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Christian Bale age 43 - The Big Short

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Michael B. Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Michael B. Jordan age 30 - Creed

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Johnny Depp age 53 - Black Mass

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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Jake Gyllenhaal age 36 - Southpaw

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Abraham Attah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Abraham Attah Beasts of No Nation

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Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Tom Hardy age 39 - Legend

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Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Bryan Cranston age 59 - Nominated for Trumbo

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Ian McKellen age 76 - Mr. Holmes

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Eddie Redmayne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Eddie Redmayne age 35 - Nominated for The Danish Girl

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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Tom Hanks age 59 - Bridge of Spies

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Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Steve Carell age 53 - The Big Short

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Jacob Tremblay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
BC D added Jacob Tremblay

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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Samuel L. Jackson age 68 - The Hateful 8

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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Michael Caine age 84 - Youth

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Will Smith age 48 - Concussion

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Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Mark Ruffalo age 49 - Infinitely Polar Pear

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Al Pacino age 76 - Danny Collins

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Peter Sarsgaard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Peter Sarsgaard age 46 - Experimenter

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Chiwetel Ejiofor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor age 39 - Secret in Their Eyes

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John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Your 2016 Oscar Nom Picks for Best Actor
John Cusack age 50 - Love and Mercy