- Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
- Matt Damon, The Martian
- Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
- Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
- Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
The big joke this season is that Johnny Depp didn't get a nod for playing gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass because "black" is in the title. Good one. But Depp wouldn't have taken the prize anyway.
Should Win: Fassbender.
This knockout performance and the audacious film that contains it were largely ignored at the box office. Fassbender's achievement as the Apple guru will only grow in luster over the years.
Will Win: DiCaprio.
It's Leo's time. Four previous nominations and no win? What! Leo froze his ass off. Let's hope he thanks the bear.
Robbed: Michael B. Jordan (Creed) put real muscle and artistry into a fight film that went beyond the call of sequel duty. But he went out with the black tide, along with a fully committed Will Smith (Concussion).