NY FILM CRITICS 2012 : Best Actor

 
The Contenders

Aaron Paul
(Smashed)

Anthony Hopkins
(Hitchcock)

Ben Affleck
(Argo)

Bill Murray
(Hyde Park ..)

Bradley Cooper
(Silver Lin..)

Christian Bale
(The Dark K..)

Clint Eastwood
(Trouble wi..)

Daniel Craig
(Skyfall)

Daniel Day-Lewi
(Lincoln)

Denzel Washingt
(Flight)

Hugh Jackman
(Les Misera..)

Jack Black
(Bernie)

Jake Gyllenhaal
(End of Wat..)

James Gandolfin
(Not Fade A..)

Jamie Foxx
(Django Unc..)

Jean-Louis Trin
(Amour)

Jeremy Irvine
(Great Expe..)

Joaquin Phoenix
(The Master)

John Hawkes
(The Sessio..)

John Krasinski
(Promised L..)

John Magaro
(Not Fade A..)

Martin Freeman
(The Hobbit..)

Matt Damon
(Promised L..)

Matthias Schoen
(Rust and B..)

Richard Gere
(Arbitrage)

Seth Rogen
(Take This ..)

Suraj Sharma
(Life of Pi)

Terence Stamp
(Unfinished..)

Tom Holland
(The Imposs..)
Best Actor

Since 2000, 11 of the 12 NYFCC Best Actor winners went on to at least contend at the Oscars, if not win the Academy Award; the exception was Paul Giamatti ("Sideways," 2004).

Four NYFCC Best Actor champs also won Oscars: Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006), Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood," 2007), Sean Penn ("Milk," 2008) and Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010).

Seven of the NYFCC Best Actor honorees were Oscar nominees: Tom Hanks ("Cast Away," 2000), Tom Wilkinson ("In the Bedroom," 2001), Day-Lewis ("Gangs of New York," 2002), Bill Murray ("Lost in Translation," 2003), Heath Ledger ("Brokeback Mountain," 2005), George Clooney ("Up in the Air," 2009) and Brad Pitt ("Moneyball," 2011). The NYFCC also cited Pitt for "The Tree of Life."

Experts’ Rankings
Edward Douglas
Tariq Khan
Guy Lodge
1
Daniel Day-Lewis
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
2
Joaquin Phoenix
Daniel Day-Lewis
3
John Hawkes
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Editors’ Rankings
Chris Beachum
Daniel Montgomery
Tom O'Neil
1
John Hawkes
Daniel Day-Lewis
Joaquin Phoenix
2
Daniel Day-Lewis
Denzel Washington
Daniel Day-Lewis
3
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
Bradley Cooper
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