Christian Bale (American Hustle)
As Irving Rosenfeld, Christian Bale plays a con man who assists an FBI agent in his attempt to entrap government officials. This is the second Academy Award nomination for Christian Bale.
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Bruce Dern portrays Woody Grant, a difficult older man who is convinced that he has won a million dollars in a magazine sweepstakes. This is the second Academy Award nomination for Bruce Dern.
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a successful stockbroker who becomes involved in a fraudulent securities exchange deal. Including his nomination this year for Best Picture for THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, this is the fifth Academy Award nomination for Leonardo DiCaprio.
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
As Solomon Northup, Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a free black man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. This is the first Academy Award nomination for Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Matthew McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, a man diagnosed with HIV who finds a way to obtain the drugs that the government and the pharmaceutical companies are refusing to supply. This is the first Academy Award nomination for Matthew McConaughey.