14 February 2013 2:15 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The Nominees Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables Joaquin Phoenix, The Master Denzel Washington, Flight Here's how thoroughly Daniel Day-Lewis is revered in Hollywood: This year's Best Actor bumper crop is filled with actors like Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Bradley Cooper giving the performances of their lives (in addition to several other career-best actors who didn't make the nomination cut, like The Sessions' John Hawkes and Abitrage's Richard Gere), and yet, they barely figure into the competition. It's widely assumed that Day-Lewis will steamroll his rivals on the way to a record-breaking third Best Actor win, and Vulture readers agree with the conventional wisdom, since 86 percent of voters in our online Oscar ballot are predicting Day-Lewis for Best Actor.So Day-Lewis's competitors have no chance, right? Well, it ain't looking good for them, we'll put it that way. Take The Master's Joaquin Phoenix, »


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