20. Michael Keaton in The Founder
Considering the roll Keaton is on, we may be hearing a lot about this performance come awards time.
19. Mark Rylance in The BFG
Rylance reunites with Spielberg to deliver "the most ambitious motion capture performance ever".
18. Ruth Negga in Loving
An potentially career-defining role, especially under Jeff Nichols' guidance.
17. Connor Jessup in Closet Monster
After his outstanding work on "American Crime", Jessup explores similar angst-ridden territory in this LGBT-themed drama.
16. Nate Parker in The Birth of a Nation
Parker was the talk of the town at Sundance and that powerful trailer showed us why.
15. Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Snowden
One of our most fascinating real life figures paired with one of our most compelling young actors.
14. Luis Tosar in Ma Ma
Tosar is always captivating, especially when paired with other talented actors.
13. Elle Fanning in Neon Demon
In this juicy Nicolas Winding Refn star vehicle, you know "she gon' slay", literally and figuratively.
12. Gael García Bernal in Neruda
I expect nothing less than greatness from the actor-director duo behind "No".
11. Penelope Cruz in Ma Ma
The Spanish enchantress tackles one of her must vulnerable roles yet.
10. Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train
In this highly coveted role, Blunt seems poised to take her career to the next level.
9. Alicia Vikander in The Light Between Oceans
One of the most effortlessly emotive actresses in a perfect role to show her gift.
8. Denzel Washington in Fences
Washington reprises his Tony Award winning performance for the big screen.
7. Viola Davis in Fences
Davis reprises her Tony Award winning performance for the big screen.
6. Amy Adams in Story of Your Life
A highly fascinating role for the reliable Amy Adams to sink her teeth into.
5. Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea
If the word out of Sundance is any indication, this could be the tear-jerking performance of the year.
4. Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins
Watching Meryl Streep cut loose in a light-hearted role always makes me happy.
3. Andrew Garfield in Silence
Finally free from the artistic prison of Spiderman obligations, this role should remind us of what he is capable of.
2. Liam Neeson in Silence
This is surely one of Neeson's best roles since "The Grey".
1. David Oyelowo in A United Kingdom
This film incorporates so many things I love, and Oyelowo's involvement is one of them.