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Oscars 2017: This year’s Best Actor nominees

Andrew Garfield arrives at the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, December 11, 2016. — Reuters picAndrew Garfield arrives at the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, December 11, 2016. — Reuters picLOS ANGELES, Feb 26 — Here’s a rundown of the five stars of the big screen nominated for the 2017 Best Actress Oscar. To find out who will take over from 2016 winner Leonardo DiCaprio, tune in to the 89 Academy Awards, Sunday, February 26.

Casey Affleck

Nominated for: Manchester by the Sea directed by Kenneth Lonergan

Age: 41 years old

Oscars history: second nomination

Role: Handyman Lee Chandler looks after his teenage nephew when the boy’s father dies. He returns to his hometown of Manchester by the Sea where painful memories resurface.

Casey Affleck arrives at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, January 8, 2017. — Reuters picCasey Affleck arrives at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, January 8, 2017. — Reuters picAndrew Garfield

Nominated for: Hacksaw Ridge directed by Mel Gibson

Age: 33 years old

Oscars history: first nomination

Role: the real-life character of Desmond Doss, a young American pacifist and combat medic who was also a Seventh-day Adventist Christian. During the Second World War, he refused to carry a firearm and became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honour.

Ryan Gosling arrives at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, January 8, 2017. — Reuters picRyan Gosling arrives at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, January 8, 2017. — Reuters picRyan Gosling

Nominated for: La La Land directed by Damien Chazelle

Age: 36 years old

Oscars history: second nomination

Role: Sebastian, a Los Angeles pianist who wants to open his own jazz club to play the music that he loves. He meets Mia, a waitress who dreams of making it big as an actress, and the pair embark on a musical romance.

Viggo Mortensen poses at the Bafta Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party, January 8, 2017. — Reuters picViggo Mortensen poses at the Bafta Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party, January 8, 2017. — Reuters picViggo Mortensen

Nominated for: Captain Fantastic directed by Matt Ross

Age: 58 years old

Oscars history: first nomination

Role: Ben, his wife and their six children live in the wilderness, isolated from the consumer society he despises. Everything falls apart when Ben’s wife dies and he is left to bring up the kids alone.

Actor Denzel Washington arrives at the 89th Oscars Nominee Luncheon in Beverly Hills, February 6, 2017. — Reuters picActor Denzel Washington arrives at the 89th Oscars Nominee Luncheon in Beverly Hills, February 6, 2017. — Reuters picDenzel Washington

Nominated for: Fences directed by Denzel Washington

Age: 62 years old

Oscars history: seventh nomination, two Oscars (Best Supporting Actor for Glory, Best Actor for Training Day)

Role: Troy Maxson, a Pittsburgh garbage collector in the 1950s. His younger brother sustained a head injury in World War 2, leaving him mentally impaired and Troy’s son, Cory, dreams of becoming a professional football player. — AFP-Relaxnews

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