SAG AWARDS (FILM) : Film Actor

The Contenders

Aaron Paul

Al Pacino
(Stand Up G..)

Anthony Hopkins

Ben Affleck

Bill Murray
(Hyde Park ..)

Brad Pitt
(Killing Th..)

Bradley Cooper
(Silver Lin..)

Christoph Waltz
(Django Unc..)

Clint Eastwood
(Trouble wi..)

Daniel Day-Lewi

Denzel Washingt

Ewan McGregor
(The Imposs..)

Hugh Jackman
(Les Misera..)

Jack Black

Jake Gyllenhaal
(End of Wat..)

James Gandolfin
(Not Fade A..)

Jamie Foxx
(Django Unc..)

Jean-Louis Trin

Joaquin Phoenix
(The Master)

John Hawkes
(The Sessio..)

John Magaro
(Not Fade A..)

Josh Radnor
(Liberal Ar..)

Mark Wahlberg

Martin Freeman
(The Hobbit..)

Matt Damon
(Promised L..)

Matthias Schoen
(Rust and B..)

Paul Rudd
(This is 40)

Philip Seymour
(A Late Qua..)

Richard Gere

Robert Redford
(The Compan..)

Sean Penn
(This Must ..)

Seth Rogen
(Take This ..)

Suraj Sharma
(Life of Pi)

Terence Stamp

Tom Hanks
(Cloud Atla..)

Tommy Lee Jones
(Hope Sprin..)
Film Actor

It was a fierce ongoing battle between George Clooney ("The Descendants") and Jean Dujardin ("The Artist") throughout awards season last year. Then when Dujardin prevailed at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, it became a foregone conclusion he would win at the Oscars soon after. Which men will be nominated by SAG this year as Best Film Actor?

The frontrunners seem to be past SAG winners Ben Affleck ("Argo") and Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln") as well as previous nominees John Hawkes ("The Sessions"), Anthony Hopkins ("Hitchcock"), Bill Murray ("Hyde Park on Hudson"), Joaquin Phoenix ("The Master"), and Denzel Washington ("Flight"). Also keep an eye on the never-nominated Hugh Jackman ("Les Miserables").

Other past champs on the ballot could be Jamie Foxx ("Django Unchained"), James Gandolfini ("Not Fade Away"), Richard Gere ("Arbitrage"), Tom Hanks ("Cloud Atlas"), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("A Late Quartet"), Tommy Lee Jones ("Hope Springs"), Brad Pitt ("Killing Them Softly"), Al Pacino ("Stand Up Guys"), Sean Penn ("This Must Be the Place"), Christoph Waltz ("Django Unchained").

Previous nominees under consideration are Matt Damon ("Promised Land"), Clint Eastwood ("Trouble with the Curve"), Jake Gyllenhaal ("End of Watch"), Ewan McGregor ("The Impossible"), Aaron Paul ("Smashed"), Paul Rudd ("This is 40"), and Mark Wahlberg ("Ted").

Rookie contenders include Jack Black ("Amour"), Bradley Cooper ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"), Josh Radnor ("Liberal Arts"), Robert Redford ("The Company You Keep"), Seth Rogen ("Take This Waltz"), Matthias Schoenaerts ("Rust and Bone"), Suraj Sharma ("Life of Pi"), and Jean Louis Trintignant ("Amour").

Experts’ Rankings
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Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
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Hugh Jackman
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Hugh Jackman
John Hawkes
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Editors’ Rankings
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