Forest Whitaker

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Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio, 'Blood Diamond' (3-1)
Ryan Gosling, 'Half Nelson' (8-1)
Peter O'Toole, 'Venus' (6-1)
Will Smith, 'The Pursuit of Happyness (10-1)
Forest Whitaker, 'The Last King of Scotland' (6-5)
Actors drive the movie and the man in the driver's seat seems to be Forest Whitaker. Diamonds are forever, however, so look for a possible surge from the No. 2 position by Leonardo DiCaprio. Even if Will Smith doesn't win, he will have happiness from the nomination alone.