Michael Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch, and more vie for gold.
Ben Affleck ("Gone Girl")
Pros: The two-time Oscar winner is in Hollywood's good graces after his "Argo" triumph two years ago. His performance as Nick Dunne in David Fincher's hit thriller has earned him rare critical acclaim for his acting skills.
Cons: Affleck's most significant singular acting nomination was BAFTA Best Actor recognition for "Argo." A majority of the award season attention for "Gone Girl" will likely be on his co-star, Rosamund Pike.