award nominees Golden Globes Best Actor in a Movie Drama Nominees 2012  

Russell Barnes
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The Golden Globes' Best Actor in a Movie Drama nominees include some of the most talented actors in Hollywood. These leading men gave outstanding performances in a dramatic motion picture, earning them a Golden Globe nomination - and a spot on this list. In some cases, an actor who receives a Golden Globe Best Actor in a Movie Drama nomination (or who wins the Globe) will go on to become an Oscar nominee and/or winner as well. Nominees for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Movie Drama included George Clooney for 'The Descendants,' Leonardo DiCaprio for 'J. Edgar,' Michael Fassbender for 'Shame,' Ryan Gosling for 'The Ides of March' and Brad Pitt for 'Moneyball." The winner of the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Movie Drama was George Clooney for "The Descendants."

Nominees for the Golden Globes Best Actor in a motion picture drama have brought their major talent and presence to the big screen, leaving moviegoers (and often, movie critics) amazed with their performances. Past winners in this category include Marlon Brando for 'On The Waterfront' and 'The Godfather,' Gregory Peck for 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' George C. Scott for 'Patton,' Jack Nicholson for 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' and 'Chinatown' and Robert DeNiro for 'Raging Bull.' See? Heavy hitters, each and every one. More recently, the Golden Globes Best Actor in a Movie Drama winners have included Colin Firth for 'The King's Speech,' Jeff Bridges for 'Crazy Heart' and Mickey Rourke for 'The Wrestler.' Several of these gifted actors, including Firth and Bridges in recent years, went on to win the Academy Award after winning the Golden Globe.

All of the Golden Globes Best Actor in a Movie Drama nominees on this list are outstanding, but which one will win? Sometimes the competition is more than a little steep!