Role: Lee Chandler, a man still grappling with the tragedy of his past when he's called upon to become the guardian of his teenage nephew after the death of his brother.
Oscar History: 1 previous nomination for Best Supporting Actor for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Role: Desmond Doss, a devoutly religious conscientious objector whose heroics at the Battle of Okinawa earned him the Medal of Honor.
Oscar History: first nomination
Role: Sebastian, a jazz musician forced to compromise his artistic integrity in order to pay the bills, who falls in love with an aspiring actress.
Oscar History: 1 previous nomination for Best Actor for Half Nelson (2006)
Role: Ben, the patriarch of a family living off the grid whose wife has just committed suicide, leaving him to battle with his father-in-law over what's best for his children.
Oscar History: 1 previous nomination for Best Actor for Eastern Promises (2007)
Role: Troy Maxson, a man whose dreams of success have been dashed, leaving him disillusioned and bitter and determined to ruin his son's chance at success.
Oscar History: 2 wins for Best Supporting Actor for Glory (1989) and Best Actor for Training Day (2001); 4 previous nominations for Best Supporting Actor for Cry Freedom (1987), and Best Actor for Malcolm X (1992), The Hurricane (1999), and Flight (2012). Also nominated for Best Picture
What I've Seen: Manchester By the Sea, La La Land, Captain Fantastic, Fences
My Pick: Denzel Washington, Fences
Not Nominated, But Should Have Been: Colin Farrell, The Lobster
Predicted Winner: Casey Affleck, Manchester By the Sea