Feb. 25 - The nominees for the best actor Oscar this year are Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew McConaughey. Elly Park reports.
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Oscar Sunday is just around the corner, and here is a sum-up of the contenders of the "best actor" category of the 86th Academy Awards.
First up is Christian Bale who earned his second Oscar nod for his role in David O. Russell's "American Hustle" where he plays a con man forced to work for an unconventional FBI agent.
Also nominated for the second time, is veteran actor Bruce Dern for his work in "Nebraska."
The 77-year-old portrays an aging father who makes a trip with his estranged son from Montana to Nebraska to collect a million-dollar prize.
Another contender is Leonardo DiCaprio for his role in "The Wolf of Wall Street."
The film is based on a true story of Jordan Belfort and shows his rise to a wealthy stockbroker to his fall involving crime and corruption.
Relative newcomer Chiwetel Ejiofor got his first Oscar nod for his role in "12 Years a Slave."
This film is also based on a true story, that of Solomon Northup, a free black man who is abducted and sold into slavery.
Finally rounding out the category is another first time nominee and front runner, Matthew McConaughey who has swept all the major acting awards this season for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club."
McConaughey lost nearly 50 pounds, or 22 kilograms to realistically portray an AIDS patient who smuggles medication from Mexico into the U.S. to help others.
To find out who will collect the coveted statuette viewers will have to tune in for the live telecast on March 2nd.
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