Christian Bale in American Hustle

Christian Bale in American Hustle

The Golden Globes is the only major awards ceremony to have four Best Acting categories as Best Actor and Best Actress are split into drama and comedy/musical.

Today we look at the Best Actor - Comedy/Musical category - some of whole may find themselves in the Best Actor category when the Oscar nominations are announced later this month.

- Christian Bale - American Hustle

The last time that Christian Bale teamed up with director David O.Russell he won just about every award going including the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Therefore, it seems only logical that the two should unite once again.

American Hustle sees Bale lead an all-star cast as a con man who is forced into a series of cons by an FBI agent: only to find themselves out of their depth.

Bale is fantastic in the film as this rather larger than life character with a complicated comb-over.

The Best Actor Oscar category is set to be a tough one this year, and I fear that Bale may be one of the actors that missed out.

- Bruce Dern - Nebraska

One actor that will not miss out on an Oscar nod - if he was to be overlooked it would be a travesty - is Bruce Dern with Nebraska.

Dern picked up his first Best Actor gong for this role at the Cannes Film Festival in early 2013, and his performance has been gaining support ever since.

Directed Alexander Payne, the movie follows an estranged father and son as they travel to Nebraska to claim a million dollar prize.

Dern has delivered the performance of his career in this movie, as this is film that is touching and funny in equal measure.

- Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf Of Wall Street

Leonardo DiCaprio is no stranger to the awards season, and he is back in the mix with his latest film The Wolf of Wall Street: a film that sees him reunite with director Martin Scorsese.

The movie is based on the memoir of former Wall Street broker Jordan Belfort charting his rise and fall.

DiCaprio takes on the role of Belfort in the film, and delivers a performance that is packed with energy and bite.

This is perhaps a role that we have never see DiCaprio take on before as he partnership with Scorsese continues to go from strength to strength.

- Oscar Isaac - Inside Llewyn Davis

Oscar Isaac is an actor who has been working steadily in recent years, but Inside Llewyn Davis looks set to be the movie and the role that really does put him on the map.

Inside Llewyn Davis, sees Isaac team up with directors Joel and Ethan Coen for the first time, as he takes on the title role. The movie follows the life in the week of this young musician.

Isaac really does seem to come to life in this role as he delivers an incredibly rich performance that you just cannot take your eyes off.

This movie really has allowed Isaac to show what he is made of as an actor and he has grabbed that opportunity with both hands.

- Joaquin Phoenix - Her

Her is another movie that has had the critics raving in recent months as Spike Jonze returns to the director's chair.

Phoenix teams up with Jonze for the first time to play a lonely writer who falls in love with his computer's advanced operating system - voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

Phoenix has always been a wonderful actor, and he continues to show that here with a performance that a mix of comedy and drama and driven by pure emotion.

Some are calling this the best work that Phoenix has ever done, and it really is hard to argue with that statement.

Winner: Bruce Dern - Nebraska

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