Many Oscar-watchers thought Michael Fassbender would be nominated for Shame, Leonardo DiCaprio for J. Edgar and Ryan Gosling for The Ides of March. But none of those heartthrob made the cut.
Instead, George Clooney (The Descendants) is pitted against is his good pal Brad Pitt (Moneyball), The Artist's breakout star Jean Dujardin, character actor Gary Oldman and Demián Bichir for A Better Life.
The contest is far from clearcut, though it seems to be a two-horse race. Clooney walked away with the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama this year, while Dujardin won for best actor in a comedy. At the SAG Awards, Dujardin took home the prize. So, will one of those two stars take home Oscar, or could there be a surprise win for Pitt, Oldman or Bichir?