Next up: Which of the five nominated actors will win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar? Your choices:
Daniel Day-Lewis The frontrunner for the Oscar win, Day-Lewis delivered an uncanny portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln in Spielberg's Lincoln, collecting the BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Award so far, among a handful of others.
Hugh Jackman Another favorite in the race, Jackman has been nominated for nearly every award this year (taking home a Globe as well) for his turn as the tragic rags-to-riches hero at the center of Les Misérables, Jean Valjean.
Bradley Cooper With a slew of nominations under his belt (and the title of Actor of the Year at the Hollywood Film Festival), Cooper is the beloved underdog for his playing Silver Linings Playbook's Pat, a bipolar man trying to reclaim his life.
Denzel Washington At the center of Robert Zemeckis' directorial return, Flight, Washington portrayed alcoholic anti-hero Whip Whitaker and, though he has been nominated alongside his peers the entire season, has yet to clinch a victory.
Joaquin Phoenix The object of the titular Master's fascination, Phoenix portrays the troubled World War 2 vet Freddie Quell. Joaquin took home Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival but he's probably not stressing the Oscars—he thinks they're "bulls--t."