Oscar 2009: Best Actor Contenders

Even the cynical and harsh critics will have to admit that 2009 was a very good year for American movies in general, and American actors (women included) in particular. Here is my list (in alphabetical order) of American actors who excelled in a lead role this year. 
The list excludes foreign male actors, and actors whose voices were used in animated features.
Actors Vying for Best Actor (from A to Z)
I predict that 5 of them would be nominated for the coveted award.
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Matt Damon, The Informant!
Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
Colin Firth, Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 500 Days of Summer
Viggo Mortensen, The Road
Jeremy Penner, The Hurt Locker
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Peter Sarsgaard, An Education
Michael Stuhlberg, A Simple Man