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As Whip Whitaker, Denzel Washington plays a pilot with a substance abuse problem whose life changes after he performs a daring maneuver during an airliner crash. Washington has five previous Academy Award nominations and two wins. Read more about Washington here.
Bradley Cooper plays Pat, a man struggling to cope with daily life following his release from a psychiatric facility. This is the first Academy Award nomination for Cooper, who is probably best known for his starring role in the Hangover movies. Read more about Cooper here.
Joaquin Phoenix plays Freddie Quell, an alcoholic World War II veteran who turns for help to the founder of a controversial group known as The Cause. The press-shy actor as been nominated for two previous Academy Awards. Read more about Phoenix here.
The multi-talented Hugh Jackman plays Jean Valjean, a former prisoner whose attempt to build a new life for himself is threatened by the relentless pursuit of a police inspector. The is his first Academy Award nomination. Read more about Jackman here.
Daniel Day-Lewis portrays Abraham Lincoln in the months prior to his assassination as he works to persuade Congress to pass a Constitutional amendment that would outlaw slavery. This is Daniel's fifth Academy Award nomination; he has two wins. Read more about Day-Lewis here.