Oscar 2016: Best Actor (Performance by Male in Lead Role)

Oscar nominees for the 88th annual awards were announced on Thursday morning, January 14, 2016 live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The ceremony, hosted by Chris Rock for the second time, will be held on Feb. 28 and air live on ABC.


Performance by Actor in Leading Role:

Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo”

Matt Damon in “The Martian”

Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”

Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs”

Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”


Facts and Trends:

Four of the five nominees are nominated for a biopicture or for playing a character that is fact-inspired or based on a a real life persona; the exception is Matt Damon for The Martian.

Of the five nominees, four have been nominated before: Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Eddie Redmayne, and Michael Fassbender.

Three of the quintet have received mutiple nominations in the two acting categories: Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

Damon is a three-time nominee;

DiCaprio is a five-time nominee;

Eddie Redemayne and MichaelFassbender are two-time nominees;

This is the second, consecutive Best Actor nomination for Redmayne, who won the 2015 lead Oscar for The Theory of Everything.

One one of the nominees is a fresh Oscar face, first-timer Bryan Cranston for playing the titular role, blacklisted scribe Dalton Trumbo, in Trumbo.