Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda
Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator
Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby
Jamie Foxx, Ray
Will Win: Jamie Foxx
Cheadle, Depp and DiCaprio have brought their careers to a new level, and Eastwood is getting the best notices of his career. But are you kidding me? This isn't even a contest. All of these performances have great buzz, but nothing could possibly compare with Jamie Foxx's unending victory lap. So far this season, Foxx has won everything there is to win, and he's done it with infectious style. After his one-handed resuscitation of the otherwise mind-numbing Golden Globes ceremony, the Academy will nearly unanimously hand him this, even if just for the pleasure of witnessing his acceptance speech.
Should Win: Foxx
I repeat - are you kidding me? Although, I have to say, I'd be just as happy to see DiCaprio take it - his submersion into the role of Howard Hughes was almost as miraculous (and unexpected) as Foxx's evocation of Ray Charles - but this one is a foregone conclusion.