2023 Oscar Predictions: April Edition (Best Actor)

My first ranked predictions for the 96th Academy Awards in the four acting derbies with Director and Picture brings us to Best Actor. If you missed the posts covering the supporting races, you can access them here:

Some caveats… especially for this early in the calendar…

Don’t be surprised if a performer or two listed here end up being supporting players. There’s also people slotted in Supporting Actor (Ryan Gosling in Barbie for example) that could move to lead.

If 2022 is a guide, movies currently scheduled for ’23 could move to ’24. The top two actors below? Their pics were originally supposed to arrive last year. And, of course, some contenders simply won’t pan out while surprises will emerge as the year rolls along.

When I did my initial ranked projections for last year’s ceremony, I had Brendan Fraser (The Whale) listed in first place. Of course, he ended up nabbing the statue. Austin Butler (Elvis) and Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) were mentioned in Other Possibilities.


1. Colman Domingo, Rustin

2. Leonardo DiCaprio, Killers of the Flower Moon

3. Barry Keoghan, Saltburn

4. Teo Yoo, Past Lives

5. Mike Faist, Challengers

Other Possibilities:

6. Bradley Cooper, Maestro

7. Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer

8. Kingsley Ben-Adir, Untitled Bob Marley Movie

9. Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers

10. Joaquin Phoenix, Napoleon

11. Anthony Hopkins, Freud’s Last Session

12. Andre Holland, The Actor

13. Paul Mescal, Strangers

14. Matt Damon, Air

15. Adam Driver, Ferrari

Best Actress is up next!

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