Could it be? Is this finally the year that Leonardo DiCaprio becomes the King of the Oscar World?
It's certainly a possibility, as DiCaprio finds himself nominated for Best Actor at the 2014 Oscars, up for his role as crooked money-man Jordan Belfort in "The Wolf of Wall Street." But it won't be a walk in the park for DiCaprio's drug-fueled Belfort, as he's up against a talented roster of all-star nominees including Christian Bale ("American Hustle"), Bruce Dern ("Nebraska"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave") and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club").
Here's who we think will win on the big night — as well as who we think should win.
Who Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio Honestly, it's about time. DiCaprio has gone zero-for-three in his previous Oscar at-bats. (He was nominated for 1994's "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," 2005's "The Aviator" and 2007's "Blood Diamond.") With "Wall Street," four looks like it'll be the lucky number. DiCaprio's Belfort could have been just another of cinema's many drug-addled monsters, but he brought a certain humanity and undeniable energy that separated this particular wolf from the rest of the pack.
For legacy reasons and for his work on "Wall Street," it looks like it's finally DiCaprio's year. Besides, isn't that what the spoilers say?
Who Should Win: Anyone of Them Oh, that's such a boring, kneecap-sucking answer, but it's also true! Like just about every category at this year's Oscars, the Best Actor contenders are all worthy of the statuette.
DiCaprio is worthy for the aforementioned reasons; Dern for his wonderful turn as an old man on a million-dollar adventure, not to mention his own legacy as an actor; Ejiofor for his heartbreaking and brave performance in the Steve McQueen drama; Bale for his body-changing, hairline-altering "American Hustle" hustler (although, frankly, he's my pick for least-deserving of the nominees, and that comes from a major Bale fan); and McConaughey because it's the McConnaissance and we all better be ready for an "alright, alright, alright" acceptance speech on Oscar night.