Take a tour through our new photo gallery below to see the top 15 contenders for the 2014 Best Actor race. The order of the photos is determined by the current Gold Derby rankings for this category (from Experts, Editors, and Users).
Mostly known as a comic actor, Carell has a very dramatic and sinister role in the new Bennett Miller film. Because of that and great reviews, he is in our overall top spot with 3/1 odds.
Michael Keaton has also made a career out of many comedy roles. He has never been nodded for an Oscar despite three decades on the big screen. For “Birdman,” he currently has second place odds of 27/10.
Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the hottest stars on the planet due to “Sherlock” and “The Hobbit” films. In fact, he won an Emmy Award just a few weeks ago for playing Sherlock Holmes. He now might pick up his first Oscar nod for “The Imitation Game” and is in third place at 11/2.
Eddie Redmayne is tied with Cumberbatch at 11/2 for his true-life role as physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” This would also be his first Oscar nomination in a growing film career for the young actor.
Veteran actor Timothy Spall (“Mr. Turner“) is in the fifth spot with 20/1 odds and is followed by David Oyelowo (“Selma“) at 33/1. Both are seeking their rookie Oscar nomination. Also at 33/1 is three-time previous nominee Joaquin Phoenix (“Inherent Vice“). Previous nominee Bill Murray (“St. Vincent“) is in the mix at 50/1.