Photo: The Tragedy of Macbeth / A24 / Apple TV+

Who Will Win The 2022 Golden Globe For Best Actor In A Drama Film?

Editor's Note: Voting and Reranking have been closed.

From famous portrayals to powerhouse roles, here are the talented actors considered for Best Drama Film Actor at the 2022 Golden Globes. In a diverse collection of seasoned veterans, this year's nominees gave us memorable performances. 

From Javier Bardem's Desi Arnaz in Being the Ricardos, to the reimagining of Macbeth as portrayed by Denzel Washington in The Tragedy of Macbeth, these are the roles that add to a long list of legacy performances. While Mahershala Ali adds to his catalog of eclectic performances as Cameron Turner in Swan Song, other strong contenders for the award include Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog and Will Smith in King Richard

Make your 2022 Golden Globes predictions by voting up the nominees you think will win, and don't miss the 79th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 9, 2022.

Photo: The Tragedy of Macbeth / A24 / Apple TV+

  • Mahershala Ali
    Photo: Swan Song / Apple TV+

    Mahershala Ali

    as Cameron Turner in Swan Song

    Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (né Gilmore; born February 16, 1974), known professionally as Mahershala Ali (), is an American actor and rapper who is a recipient of several awards, including two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. Time magazine named Ali one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019.After pursuing an MFA degree from New York University, Ali began his career as a regular on television series, such as Crossing Jordan (2001–2002) and Threat Matrix (2003–2004), before his breakthrough role as Richard Tyler in the science fiction series The 4400 (2004–2007). His first major film release was in the David Fincher-directed fantasy The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ...more
    4 votes
  • Javier Bardem
    Photo: Being the Ricardos / Amazon Studios

    as Desi Arnaz in Being the Ricardos

    Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem (born 1 March 1969) is a Spanish actor and environmental activist. Bardem won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the psychopathic assassin Anton Chigurh in the 2007 Coen Brothers film No Country for Old Men. He has also received critical acclaim for roles in films such as Jamón, jamón, Carne trémula, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Boca a boca, Los lunes al sol, Mar adentro, and Skyfall, for which he received both a BAFTA and a SAG nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Bardem has also won a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA, five Goya Awards, two European Film Awards, a Prize for Best Actor at Cannes (ex-aequo with Elio Germano) and two Volpi ...more
    2 votes
  • Will Smith
    Photo: King Richard / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Will Smith won Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama, his first Golden Globe win out of 6 nominations.


    as Richard Williams in King Richard

    Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, rapper and media personality. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards. In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the NBC television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for six seasons until 1996. After the series ended, Smith transitioned from television to film and went on to star in numerous blockbuster films. He is the only actor to have eight ...more
    0 votes
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
    Photo: The Power of the Dog / Netflix

    as Phil Burbank in The Power of the Dog

    Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976) is an English actor who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio. A graduate of the Victoria University of Manchester, he continued his training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, obtaining a Master of Arts in Classical Acting. He first performed at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in Shakespearean productions and made his West End debut in Richard Eyre's revival of Hedda Gabler in 2005. Since then he has starred in the Royal National Theatre productions After the Dance (2010) and Frankenstein (2011). In 2015, he played William Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre. Cumberbatch's television work ...more
    1 votes
  • Denzel Washington
    Photo: The Tragedy of Macbeth / A24/Apple TV+

    as Lord Macbeth in The Tragedy of Macbeth

    Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. (born December 28, 1954) is an American actor, director, and producer. He has been described as an actor who reconfigured "the concept of classic movie stardom", associating with characters defined by their grace, dignity, humanity, and inner strength. He has received seventeen NAACP Image Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, one Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for playing Union Army soldier Private Trip in the historical drama film Glory (1989), and Best Actor for his role as corrupt detective Alonzo Harris in the crime thriller Training Day (2001). In 2020, The New York Times ranked him as the greatest actor of the twenty-first century.
    3 votes