This year’s list of nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards for Best Actor is a sight for sore eyes, not only for their – ehem! – unquestionable charm and good looks. It was a close battle among the industry’s brightest and exceptionally talented stars who brought cinematic excellence and their A-game to their respective films.

Without much ado, here are the nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards for Best Actor.

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine in A Star is Born / IMDB

In the film “A Star Is Born”, Bradley Cooper transforms into Jackson Maine, a seasoned musician who fell in love with a struggling singer and songwriter played by Lady Gaga. Critics say Cooper is the real star in “A Star Is Born”. As a result, with back to back nominations, coupled with singing the latest romance soundtrack that you will hear for at least the next several months, Bradley Cooper’s nomination comes as no surprise.

Rami Malek

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody / IMDB

Actor Rami Malek is the sensational star that played the life of the sensational Freddie Mercury of Queen. Between a fake Freddie Mercury set of teeth and being able to capture the late singer’s quirks and antics, Malek bagging the Academy Award for Best Actor is one thing that many people and critics actually agree on.

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Christian Bale

Christian Bale as Dick Chenney in Vice / IMDB

As the former actor underneath Batman’s mask, there is no doubt about Christian Bale’s skills. He took internalizing every role he plays seriously and professionally. As a result, he sees to it that he works on his physical aspects when playing a role. So, he followed this same principle when he played the role of Dick Cheney for the film “Vice”. The transformation he went through just to be able to play this role is well-praised by Oscar-nominated director Adam McKay. Although he did not get the award, he returned home with two awards. These awards are the Golden Globe for Best Actor in Comedy and a Critic’s Choice Award.

Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate / IMDB

It is a year for biographical films! Willem Dafoe plays a classical role in the film “At Eternity’s Gate”. He was quite excellent in relaying the life of visionary and artist Vincent van Gogh. The film and Dafoe’s portrayal opened the eyes of many to the life of the acclaimed artist.

Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen as Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga in Green Book / IMDB

Known for his versatility, Viggo Mortensen has a great talent in portraying different roles. He received a nomination for the film “Green Book”. In the film, he played the role of Tony Vallelonga, driver, and bodyguard to Don Shirley. “Green Book” bagged the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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