The best actor race is full of shoo-ins this year, but the trouble is, only one of the five can win! While Heath Ledger looks like a front-runner, anything could happen. He hasn't picked up all of the preliminary awards, so it's still a wide-open race, and anyone can win.
The five nominees:
Strumming a guitar as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line is doing wonders for Phoenix's career, making him a heavyweight among all the nominees this year.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Definitely the actors' and critics' choice at the moment, Hoffman is basking in the glow of his leading role in Capote.
As a gay cowboy who is trying to be a good family man in Brokeback Mountain, Ledger has turned himself into an award-worth star.
George Clooney might be the bigger star in Hollywood, but in Good Night, and Good Luck, Strathairn takes center stage and wows as Edward R. Murrow.
Howard might seem like a long shot for Hustle & Flow, but he sparked a lot of excitement this summer playing a Memphis pimp with a big dream.
Last year's winner: Jamie Foxx (Ray)