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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Guide to Oscar: Best Actor

Like Best Actress, the Best Actor category is one of the original categories, although in the Oscar's first year the actors were rewarded for their body of work during a year, rather than for a single performance. In every year since actors have only been eligible for recognition for one film in any given year.

This year's nominees:

Demian Bichir, A Better Life

First nomination.

George Clooney, The Descendants

4th nomination for acting. Previously won as Supporting Actor for Syriana. Previous nominations as Lead Actor for Up in the Air and Michael Clayton. Also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

First nomination.

Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

First nomination.

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

3rd nomination. Previously nominated as Lead Actor for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and as Supporting Actor for Twleve Monkeys.

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