The Academy Award for Best Actor is an award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. There are total of five nominations this year in Oscar and many well deserved. We see the most amazing roles played by personified actors putting up a show of their acting abilities that became inevitable to ignore. Oscar every year becomes a dream of all the celebrities and it should be, as who would not want to be known as the Oscar winner actor. The category of Actor in a Leading role is always hyped and much awaited one. So for all of you we have come up with the list of actors nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role and have given a brief introduction to the roles they are nominated for and their notable work in previous years.

Here we go:

Bradley Cooper


Nominated for Best Actor in a leading role in Oscars for his movie ‘The American Sniper’, Bradley Cooper has played the role of Chris Kyle and his endless legendary moments of saving numerous lives in the battle field of Iraq. He is sent by U.S. Navy to Iraq on a mission to save his brothers-in-arms. This amazing 38 year old actor started off his career with TV series Jack & Bobby and several supporting roles later on as he climbs up the ladder of success. The major move of his career was the Hangover series which provided him with the fame and name and money. ‘Silver Lining Playbook’ and ‘American Hustle” both listed his name with a nomination in Academy Award. His fame is growing with his versatility.

Steve Carell


Steve Carell Nominated for Best Actor in a leading role in Oscars for his movie ‘Foxcatcher’ plays the character of John du Pont who is an eccentric millionaire who invites an Olympic wrestler to live and train at his estate. Steve is an American actor, comedian, producer, director and writer. He did The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for five years, he was greatly acknowledged for the role of Michael Scott on the American version of The Office. He made his film debut as Tesio in Curly Sue. Steve broke out as a leading man when he was starred in the Box-office hit The 40 Year Old Virgin released in 2005. His remarkable work includes Little Miss Sunshine, Evan Almighty, Horton Hears a Who!, Get Smart and many more. He is a remarkable actor with a successful career in television and film industry.

Benedict Cumberbatch


Nominated for Best Actor in a leading role in Oscars for his movie ‘The Imitation Game’, Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of an obsessive puzzle solver who makes use of his intellect and ends the World War II sooner than it was actually expected. Born in 1976 he is an actor and film producer who has been showing his magic in film, television and radio. We can never ignore his work in British Television series Sherlock as Sherlock Holmes. He has evolved as an actor over the years. His notable work includes War Horse, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County.

Michael Keaton


Nominated for Best Actor in a leading role in Oscars for his movie ‘Birdman’, Michael Keaton plays the role of Riggan Thomson, a former cinema superhero who is trying his best to get back the glory to his career with an ambitious Broadway production. Michael Keaton is an American actor, producer, former comedian and director. His career started with TV as he appeared in several episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and also in Maude, The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, Working Stiffs, a leading role in comedy hits Mr. Mom, Johnny Dangerously, Gung Ho, Beetlejuice (a horror comedy). Michael Keaton’s career got major boost with roles like Batman, Pacific Heights, One Good Cop, Batman Returns, Much Ado About Nothing, The Paper and many more. His recent remarkable work includes Live from Baghdad, First Daughter, Herbie Fully Loaded.

Eddie Redmayne (Oscar Winner: Best Actor)


Nominated for Best Actor in a leading role in Oscars for his movie Theory of Everything based on Stephen Hawking the brilliant young cosmologist who finds out that he is suffering from progressive motor neuron disease. Eddie Redmayne playing Hawking has given an amazing performance in the film. Born in 1982 this actor his first stage performance came in 2002 at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre where he played Viola in Twelfth Night and his stage success continued for years. He was starred in Red and won huge critical acclaim for his role and also won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. His notable work includes The Good Shepherd, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, The Pillars of the Earth, My Week with Marilyn.