CRITICS CHOICE 2012 : Best Actor

 
The Contenders

Bradley Cooper
(Silver Lin..)

Daniel Day-Lewi
(Lincoln)

Denzel Washingt
(Flight)

Hugh Jackman
(Les Misera..)

Joaquin Phoenix
(The Master)

John Hawkes
(The Sessio..)
Best Actor

Since 1995, 16 of the 17 Broadcast Film Critics Best Actor winners went on to at least contend at the Oscars, if not win the Academy Award; the exception -- Kevin Bacon ("Murder in the First," 1995).

11 BFCA Best Actor champs also won Oscars: Geoffrey Rush ("Shine," 1996), Jack Nicholson ("As Good as It Gets," 1997), Russell Crowe ("Gladiator," 2000), Sean Penn ("Mystic River," 2003), Jamie Foxx ("Ray," 2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote," 2005), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006), Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood," 2007), Penn ("Milk," 2008), Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart," 2009), and Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010).

Five BFCA Best Actor honorees were at least Oscar nominees: Ian McKellen ("Gods and Monsters," 1998), Crowe ("The Insider," 1999), Crowe ("A Beautiful Mind," 2001), Day-Lewis* ("Gangs of New York") and Nicholson ("About Schmidt," 2002), and George Clooney ("The Descendants," 2011).

Experts’ Rankings
Thelma Adams
Matt Atchity
Edward Douglas
1
Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
2
Hugh Jackman
Joaquin Phoenix
Hugh Jackman
3
Denzel Washington
Hugh Jackman
John Hawkes
Editors’ Rankings
Chris Beachum
Marcus Dixon
Rob Licuria
1
Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
Hugh Jackman
2
Hugh Jackman
Bradley Cooper
Daniel Day-Lewis
3
Bradley Cooper
Denzel Washington
Bradley Cooper
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