NY FILM CRITICS 2012 : Best Actor

The Contenders

Aaron Paul

Anthony Hopkins

Ben Affleck

Bill Murray
(Hyde Park ..)

Bradley Cooper
(Silver Lin..)

Christian Bale
(The Dark K..)

Clint Eastwood
(Trouble wi..)

Daniel Craig

Daniel Day-Lewi

Denzel Washingt

Hugh Jackman
(Les Misera..)

Jack Black

Jake Gyllenhaal
(End of Wat..)

James Gandolfin
(Not Fade A..)

Jamie Foxx
(Django Unc..)

Jean-Louis Trin

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

Seth Rogen
(Take This ..)

Suraj Sharma
(Life of Pi)

Terence Stamp

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
Daniel Day-Lewis
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
Daniel Day-Lewis
John Hawkes
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Editors’ Rankings
Chris Beachum
Daniel Montgomery
Tom O'Neil
John Hawkes
Daniel Day-Lewis
Joaquin Phoenix
Daniel Day-Lewis
Denzel Washington
Daniel Day-Lewis
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
Bradley Cooper
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