Welcome to For Your Consideration, HuffPost Entertainment's breakdown of all things Oscar. Between now and Feb. 22, 2015, entertainment managing editor Christopher Rosen and entertainment editor Matthew Jacobs will pore over awards season and discuss which films will make the most noise at the 87th annual Academy Awards.
It's hard to recall a Best Actor race as bloated as this. The sheer number of A-listers vying for the Academy's affection is like a veritable who's-who of Hollywood's most sought-after leading men. We've compiled a list of 20 top contenders, yet there's still a surfeit of tertiary performances that could have made splashes during less crowded years. Will Ben Affleck's naughty bits in "Gone Girl" outperform Channing Tatum's beefy waddle in "Foxcatcher"? Can Miles Teller or Jack O'Connell push out veterans like Bill Murray and John Lithgow? These are the questions we'll be pondering until the nominations are announced on Jan. 15. Until then, let's get to prognosticating.