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Who Will Win Best Actor At The 2021 Oscars?

Updated April 26, 2021 302 votes 259 voters 1.8k views5 items
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From famous portrayals to powerhouse roles, here are the talented actors considered for Best Actor at the 2021 Oscars. In a diverse collection of seasoned veterans and young up incoming stars, this year's potential nominees displayed lasting performances. 

From the dismal reality Anthony Hopkins depicts in The Father, to the historical portrayal of infamous screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz by Gary Oldman in Mank, these are the roles that add to a long list of legacy performances. While Chadwick Boseman's final film appearance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom certainly cemented his acting legacy. Other strong contenders for the award include Steven Yeun in Minari and Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal. 

Make your 2021 Oscars predictions by voting up the nominees you think will win, and don't miss the 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday, April 25, 2021.

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    Chadwick Boseman

    Levee in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Chadwick Aaron Boseman (November 29, 1976 – August 28, 2020) was an American actor known for his portrayals of real-life historical figures such as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014) and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017), as well as for his portrayal of the superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Captain America: Civil War (2016), Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War (both 2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Boseman also had roles in the television series Lincoln Heights (2008) and Persons Unknown (2010) and the films The Express: The Ernie Davis Story (2008), Draft Day (2014) and Message from the King (2016)....  more
    • Age: 37
    • Birthplace: Anderson, South Carolina
    • Gender: Male
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    Jacob Yi in Minari

    Steven Yeun (born December 21, 1983) is a Korean-American actor and voice actor. He is known for his role as Glenn Rhee on AMC's horror drama television series The Walking Dead. Yeun has also appeared in many short and feature films, and has done video game and cartoon voiceovers....  more
    • Age: 36
    • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
    • Gender: Male
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    Riz Ahmed

    Ruben Stone in Sound of Metal

    Rizwan "Riz" Ahmed (born 1 December 1982), also known as Riz MC, is a British actor, rapper, and activist. As an actor, he has won an Emmy Award and has received nominations for a Golden Globe and three British Independent Film Awards. He was initially known for his work in independent films such as The Road to Guantanamo (2006), Shifty (2008), Four Lions (2010), Trishna (2011), Ill Manors (2012), and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013), before his breakout role in Nightcrawler (2014). In 2016, he appeared in the action film Jason Bourne, and played Bodhi Rook in the Star Wars anthology film Rogue One. He also starred as a young man accused of murder in the HBO miniseries The Night Of,...  more
    • Age: 37
    • Birthplace: London, England, UK
    • Gender: Male
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    Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor in a leading role for The Father. 

     

    Anthony in The Father

    Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins (born 31 December 1937) is a Welsh actor, director, and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992, and was nominated three additional times. Hopkins has also won three BAFTAs, two Emmys, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award. In 1993, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003, and in 2008, he received the BAFTA Fellowship for lifetime achievement from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and was then spotted by Laurence Olivier who...  more
    • Age: 82
    • Birthplace: Margam, United Kingdom
    • Gender: Male
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