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Who Will Win Best Actor At The 2021 Oscars?

November 18, 2020 183 votes 218 voters10 items

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 Steven Yeun's raw performance in Minari could grant him his first Oscar nomination, Chadwick Boseman's final film appearance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom will certainly cement his acting legacy. Other strong contenders for the award include Delroy Lindo in Da 5 Bloods, Kingsley Ben-Adir in One Night in Miami, and Daniel Kaluuya Judas and the Black Messiah

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.

  • Tom Hanks
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    Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd in News of the World

    Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, Hanks is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and is widely regarded as an American cultural icon. Hanks made his breakthrough in film with leading roles in the comedies Splash (1984) and Big (1988). He won two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actor for Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994). Hanks collaborated with film director Steven Spielberg on five films: Saving Private Ryan (1998), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), Bridge of Spies (2015), and The Post (2017), as well as the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers, which...  more
    • Age: 64
    • Birthplace: Concord, California, United States of America
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  • Anthony Hopkins
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    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
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  • Riz Ahmed
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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: Wembley, London, United Kingdom
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  • Kingsley Ben-Adir
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    Malcolm X in One Night in Miami

    Kingsley Ben-Adir (born c. 1986/1987) is a British television, film, and stage actor. He has performed in several plays in London theatres. He played pathologist Marcus Summer in ITV's detective drama Vera and private detective Karim Washington on the second season of the Netflix series The OA....  more
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