2011 Oscars: Best Actor

None of last year's five nominees is in contention this year although the winner, Colin Firth ("The King's Speech") could be in the running for Supporting Actor with "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."

This year's race includes Sean Penn who has already won this award twice ("Mystic River," 2003; "Milk," 2008). He stars in "This Must Be the Place" as an aging rocker who hits the road to seek vengeance for his aged father who had been persecuted by the Nazis and has a supporting role in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" as a man coming to terms with his past.

Predict the Best Actor nominees here!

Two-time nominee George Clooney is in contention for "The Descendants," his first film with Alexander Payne. He plays a man who learns of his wife's infidelity after she is critically injured in an accident. Clooney, the 2005 supporting champ  ("Syriana"), also helmed "The Ides of March," a political drama in which he has a featured role as a political candidate with past nominee Ryan Gosling starring as his ambitious campaign manager.

At least five other previous nominees could return — Matt Damon for Cameron Crowe's serio-comic "We Bought A Zoo," Leonardo DiCaprio for Clint Eastwood's biopic "J. Edgar," Ralph Fiennes for directing himself in title role of the Shakespearean tragedy "Coriolanus," Woody Harrelson in the gritty police drama "Rampart" and Brad Pitt in Bennett Miller's "Moneyball," as inspirational baseball manager Billy Beane.

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Antonio Banderas ("The Skin I Live In")

Asa Butterfield (Hugo Cabret")

George Clooney ("The Descendants")

Matt Damon ("We Bought a Zoo")

Johnny Depp ("The Rum Diary")

Leonardo DiCaprio ("J. Edgar")

Jean Dujardin ("The Artist")

Laurence Fishburne ("Contagion")

Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("50 50")

Thomas Horn ("Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close")

Jeremy Irvine ("War Horse")

Michael Shannon ("Take Shelter")

Michael Fassbender ("A Dangerous Method"), ("Jane Eyre"), ("Shame")

Ralph Fiennes ("Coriolanus")

Paul Giamatti ("Win Win")

Ryan Gosling ("The Ides of March")

James McAvoy ("The Conspirator")

Matthew McConaughey ("Killer Joe")

Ewan McGregor ("Beginners"),("The Impossible"), ("Salmon Fishing in the Yemen")

Gary Oldman ("Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy")

Sean Penn ("This Must Be the Place")

Brad Pitt ("Moneyball")

Eddie Redmayne ("My Week with Marilyn")

John C. Reilly ("Carnage")

Sam Riley ("On the Road")

Jim Sturgess ("One Day")

Christoph Waltz ("Carnage")


Demian Bichir ("A Better Life")

Steve Carell ("Crazy Stupid Love")

James D'Arcy ("W.E.")

Tom Hardy ("Warrior")

Woody Harrelson ("Rampart")

Tom Hiddleston ("The Deep Blue Sea")

Ciaran Hinds ("The Sea")

Emile Hirsch ("Killer Joe")

Henry Hopper ("Restless")

Tobey Maguire ("The Details")

James Marsden ("Straw Dogs")

Peter Mullan ("Tyrannosaur")

Paul Rudd ("Our Idiot Brother")

Owen Wilson ("Midnight in Paris")

Anton Yelchin ("Like Crazy")

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