3actor_big As always, the Best Actor category is stacked before the season is anywhere near the horizon. We're trying to shake it up a bit below, but you could easily make a list of 20 gentlemen who, theoretically, have a great shot at recognition this year. The Michael Keaton welcome-back party will surely roll out the carpet, and both Eddie Redmayne and Joaquin Phoenix have considerable roles to sink their teeth into. Meanwhile, Ralph Fiennes, Steve Carell and Timothy Spall have already earned raves. It's going to be a bumpy ride.

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