The Academy Awards may be months away yet but there is no harm is hazarding a guess as to who will be nominated for what.
Yesterday we took a look at some of the movies that may just scoop Best Picture and today we look at the performances that could bag a Best Actor nomination.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Master
Philip Seymour Hoffman may already have a Best Actor Oscar win under his belt but his new movie The Master is causing quite a stir in the States.
Hoffman takes on the role of Navy veteran Lancaster Dodd who sets up a faith based organisation after returning from active duty.
It is a great turn from Hoffman as he really gets under the skin of this character to make it a truly magnetic performance.
Paul Thomas Anderson is in the director's chair for the movie while Hoffman is joined on the cast list by Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.
- Daniel Day Lewis: Lincoln
Daniel Day Lewis is a two time former winner of the Best Actor gong and he is perhaps the very early favourite for the win - bearing in mind that the Academy is always a sucker for a bio-pic.
Daniel Day Lewis takes on the role of President Abraham Lincoln in the movie, which is directed by Steven Spielberg.
The resemblance is uncanny - if you haven't seen any early images or the trailer then you really should check it out.
But this is not a birth to death movie about Lincoln instead it focuses on his fight to end slavery in America.
- Hugh Jackman: Les Miserables
Hugh Jackman is one of the most liked and versatile actors working in Hollywood at the moment and 2013 could well be the year he finally gets his hands on a Best Actor Oscar.
He puts his theatre background to good use for his new movie Les Miserables as the musical is adapted for the big screen and directed by Tom Hooper.
Jackman takes on the central role of central character Jean Valjean a prisoner who is seeking redemption.
Les Miserables is set to be one of the visual and musical spectacles of 2013 and expect it to feature heavily during the awards season.
- Ben Affleck: Argo
Argo is a movie that shows off Ben Affleck at his very best; getting his teeth into a juicy role as well as being a director.
As the actor has got older it seems that he has grown as an actor and Argo could be the movie that gets his the real recognition.
This political thriller (based on a true story) sees Affleck take on the role of Tony Mendez - CIA technical operations officer.
In 1979 as the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
But this could be one of the performances that is overlooked in this category but Affleck should also be in the running for Best Director.
- Bill Murray: Hyde Park On Hudson
Another performance that is already being talked about a lot of Bill Murray's turn as Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park On Hudson.
This is not the first time that the actor has been surrounded in Oscar whispers and speculation - could 2013 be the year he wins?
The movie is directed by Roger Michell and follows the story of the love affair between Roosevelt and his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley, centred around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.
Other actors to give some consideration to in this category include John Hawkes for The Sessions, Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook, Brad Pitt for Killing Them Softly and Clint Eastwood for Trouble With The Curve.
FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw