Performance by an actor in a leading role
- Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook"
- Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln"
- Hugh Jackman in "Les MisÃ©rables"
- Joaquin Phoenix in "The Master"
- Denzel Washington in "Flight"
Along with Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, the Best Actor contenders are Denzel Washington as an alcoholic airline pilot in Flight, Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper's adaptation of Les MisÃ©rables, Bradley Cooper playing a man trying to look on the bright side of life in Silver Linings Playbook and Joaquin Phoenix as a Navy veteran tantalized by a cult leader in The Master.