Will this year’s Oscar for Best Actor go to a returning nominee like Casey Affleck or Ryan Gosling, a first-timer such as Joel Edgerton or Andrew Garfield, or a veteran trying to tie an acting record like Denzel Washington or Tom Hanks. Those are just six of the men in our latest Gold Derby rankings set by 24 Oscar Experts with their predictions. Their top 15 contenders are now featured in a new photo gallery (view above).
Affleck is in our top spot with 7/4 odds for “Manchester by the Sea.” He has one previous Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (2007).
Washington is in second place with 9/2 odds for “Fences,” a film he also directs. He has two previous Oscar wins for “Glory” (1989) and “Training Day” (2001) among his six nominations.
Edgerton is up next with 7/1 odds for “Loving.” An Academy Awards nomination in January would be his first. Tied with him is Gosling for “La La Land.” He received his only nomination so far as Best Actor for “Half Nelson” (2006).
Hoping for the fifth spot is Hanks at 14/1 for the film “Sully.” He is a two-time Oscar champ for “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Forrest Gump” (1994) among his five career nominations.
Michael Keaton is in sixth place at 40/1 for “The Founder” and has had one prior nomination for “Birdman” (2014). He is tied with Garfield for “Hacksaw Ridge.” Garfield also holds another slot in our top 15 with his 66/1 odds for “Silence.” He has never been nominated at the Oscars.
Others in our photo gallery: Viggo Mortensen (“Captain Fantastic”), Robert De Niro (“The Comedian”), Nate Parker (“The Birth of a Nation”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nocturnal Animals”), Warren Beatty (“Rules Don’t Apply”), Brad Pitt (“Allied”), and Will Smith (“Collateral Beauty”).
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