• Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
• Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
• Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
• Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
• Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Faves: Like his co-star McConaughey, Leto plays a man dying of AIDS. Unlike McConaughey, Leto had to do the role in heels, a dress and a wig. Still, the Thirty Seconds to Mars rocker silenced all doubters as the transgender Rayon, finding the humor and stirring humanity in a character that could have been played as a cliché.