Two past Oscar nominees and a previous double winner lead our Best Actor showdown for the 2017 Oscars. Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”), Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”), and Denzel Washington (“Fences”) are all current Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominees and are the favorites according to our latest Gold Derby rankings set by 27 Oscar Experts with their predictions. The top 15 contenders are now featured in our revised photo gallery (view above).
Affleck is in first place with 15/8 odds for playing a despondent janitor forced to care for his nephew. He has one previous Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (2007). A total of 21 Experts are predicting him to prevail in this category.
Washington is in the second position with 3/1 odds for directing himself as a former baseball player turned garbage man. He has two previous Oscar wins for “Glory” (1989) and “Training Day” (2001) among his six nominations. A total of six Experts are picking him to win a third trophy.
Gosling is next in third place with 6/1 odds for playing a struggling jazz pianist who wants to open his own nightclub. He received his only nomination so far as Best Actor for “Half Nelson” (2006).
Andrew Garfield is in the fourth spot with 10/1 odds for his real-life role as World War II hero in “Hacksaw Ridge.” He is a current Golden Globe and SAG nominee who has never been nominated at the Oscars before.
Viggo Mortensen is also a Globe and SAG nominee for “Captain Fantastic” who has fifth place odds of 14/1. He had one previous Oscar nomination for Best Actor in “Eastern Promises” (2007).
In sixth place is Tom Hanks with 20/1 odds for his real-life role as a hero pilot in “Sully.” He is a two-time Oscar champ for “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Forrest Gump” (1994) among his five career nominations.
Others in our photo gallery: Joel Edgerton (“Loving”), Garfield (“Silence”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nocturnal Animals”), Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool), Colin Farrell (“The Lobster”), Adam Driver (“Paterson”), Warren Beatty (“Rules Don’t Apply”), Chris Pine (“Hell or High Water”), and Michael Keaton (“The Founder”).
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