Michael Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch, and more vie for gold.
James Corden ("Into the Woods")
Pros: As the Baker, Tony Award winner Corden (along with Emily Blunt as the Baker's Wife) is the through-line of this production. Showing off the pipes won't hurt, either. He's also visible in "Begin Again" this year.
Cons: It might be easy to get lost in this ensemble, particularly with most of the attention likely to be paid to Meryl Streep's witch. And it really takes something special to push into the lead actor race with a musical. Just ask Richard Gere.