George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Jean Dujardin and Demién Bichir are all up for the prize

By Marla Lehner
Updated February 26, 2012 04:20 PM
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In this year’s Best Actor category, the snubs may have gotten more attention than the actual nominees.

Many Oscar-watchers thought Michael Fassbender would be nominated for Shame, Leonardo DiCaprio for J. Edgar and Ryan Gosling for The Ides of March. But none of those heartthrobs made the cut.

Instead, George Clooney (The Descendants) is pitted against is his good pal Brad Pitt (Moneyball), The Artist‘s breakout star Jean Dujardin, character actor Gary Oldman and Demién Bichir for A Better Life.

The contest is far from clearcut, though it seems to be a two-horse race. Clooney walked away with the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama this year, while Dujardin won for best actor in a comedy. At the SAG Awards, Dujardin took home the prize. So, will one of those two stars take home Oscar, or could there be a surprise win for Pitt, Oldman or Bichir? Tell us what you think:

The 84th Academy Awards will air live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.