Alynda Wheat
October 08, 2012 12:00 PM

>JOAQUIN PHOENIX

IN THE MASTER

With his visceral, wrung-out turn as a drunken drifter looking for acceptance, Phoenix is already the Oscar front-runner to beat.

NATE PARKER

IN ARBITRAGE

In a film brimming with amoral swells, Parker’s humble Jimmy grabs attention with his honesty and loyalty. He’s the guy I’d call in a serious pinch.

EZRA MILLER

IN THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

Brilliant as the bad seed in We Need to Talk About Kevin, Miller proves he can be just as arresting with charm and wit.

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