The field of talent nominated this year, when it comes to actors in a leading role, exemplifies the phrase “the best of the best.”

The nominees for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role are Timothée Chalamet, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Kaluuya, Gary Oldman and Denzel Washington.

Timothée Chalamet as Elio in the Luca Guadagnino directed “Call Me by Your Name” (2017)

Chalamet has been nominated for his portrayal of Elio in the Luca Guadagnino directed romantic drama “Call Me by Your Name.” With a screenplay penned by James Ivory, the film is based on the André Aciman written novel of the same title.

Further to his appearance in “Call Me by Your Name,” the also played a supporting character in the Greta Gerwig directed dramedy “Lady Bird,” both productions listed this year as nominees for Best Picture.

Having appeared in television series such as “Law & Order,” “Royal Pains” and “Homeland,” Chalamet is no new comer to working in front of the camera. Despite this point, while the actor has accumulated an impressive list of credits, he has done all of this in only ten years.

If Chalamet continues to work at the pace he has set, he will be one of the busiest actors working today.

Daniel Day-Lewis as Reynolds Woodcock in the Paul Thomas Anderson directed “Phantom Thread” (2017)

For the coming awards ceremony, Day-Lewis has been nominated for his portrayal of Reynolds Woodcock in the Paul Thomas Anderson directed romantic period drama “Phantom Thread.”

In “Phantom Thread,” set in 1950’s London, we find Day-Lewis playing a highly accomplished dressmaker. His life, arguably a fastidious lifestyle, is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman. Like all great creators, Woodcock must have a muse. Alma becomes both his muse and his lover.

Having garnered this award no less than three times in his career, Day- Lewis is no stranger to the Best Actor nominations list.

Day-Lewis picked up the award for his portrayals of Christy Brown, Daniel Plainview and Abraham Lincoln in “My Left Foot” (1989), “There Will Be Blood” (2007) and “Lincoln” (2012), respectively.

Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington in the Jordan Peele directed “Get Out” (2017)

The third actor to make the list was Kaluuya. Kaluuya was nominated in this category of his work on the Jordan Peele written and directed mystery horror thriller “Get Out.”

In “Get Out,” we see Kaluuya’s character Chris Washington meet for the first time his girlfriend’s parents for a weekend at the secluded woodland estate. Washington is a young African American. Rose Armitage, played by Allison Williams, is Washington’s white girlfriend. Armitage’s parents, Dean and Missy, are played by Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener, respectively. Even though the ambience of the estate is initially polite and friendly, it is not long before it gives way to a frightening nightmare.

Beginning his film and television acting career in 2006 with the Ngozi Onwurah directed drama “Shoot the Messenger,” Kaluuya has quickly established himself as an up-and-coming British star.

Currently filming the television mini-series “Watership Down,” Kaluuya can also be seen in the soon-to-be-released Ryan Coogler directed Marvel Comics based science-fiction action adventure “Black Panther.”

Another film Kaluuya is working on is the Steve McQueen directed “Widows.” Based on the Lynda La Plante written novel of the same title, the story was originally adapted to British television in 1983 in the form of the six-part-mini-series “Widows.”

Gary Oldman as Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the Joe Wright directed “Darkest Hour” (2017)

Nominated for his portrayal of Second World War British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, this is the second time Oldman has picked up a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

The first time the actor was nominated for the award was in 2012. That time he had picked up the nomination for his performance as George Smiley in the 2011 Tomas Alfredson directed mystery drama thriller “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

With a well-established career spanning more than 35 years, Oldman is currently working on the films “Mary” and “Flying Horse,” directed by Michael Goi and Oldman, respectively.

With Oldman having played characters inclusive of Sex Pistols vocalist Sid Vicious, JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, Roman prefect Pontius Pilate, Harry Potter’s G-dfather Sirius Black and Detective Jim Gordon in the Christopher Nolan “Batman” trilogy, there is no denying the actor has serious range.

Denzel Washington in the title role of the Dan Gilroy directed “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (2017)

The list would not be complete without the Washington that is Denzel.

Nominated for his work in the title role of the Dan Gilroy directed crime drama “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” Washington has proven once again he can deliver a performance worthy of the Academy Awards.

Having been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role five times during a career spanning more than 40 years, this is not Washington’s first rodeo. Of the nominations Washington received for Best Actor, he won in 2002 for playing Alonzo in the Antoine Fuqua directed crime thriller drama “Training Day.”

At the 1988 and 1990 Academy Awards ceremonies, Washington picked up nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in “Cry Freedom” and “Glory,” respectively. He won the award for his portrayal of Pvt. Trip in the latter production.


Oldman as Churchill in “Darkest Hour”

With such an illustriously talented field of nominated actors vying for the award, it is difficult to pick a winner. There can only be one winner. Which actor is more deserving of the award?

Day-Lewis, Oldman and Washington have well-established careers filled with a diverse range of characters. Relatively speaking, Chalamet and Kaluuya are both newcomers.

Despite these points, we should be focusing on the performances each actor achieved with the characters they are nominated for in this awards ceremony.

My prediction for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role is Gary Oldman.

Oldman’s portrayal of Churchill was nothing short of exemplary. The level of commitment the actor put into bringing the British wartime prime minister to life is clear in every scene.

Despite my predication, there is nothing wrong with the way in which the other actors presented their respective characters. Again, unfortunately, there can only be one winner.