• Chiwetel Ejiofer (12 Years A Slave)
• Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
In quite possibly the toughest category this year, Chiwetel Ejiofer and Matthew McConaughey are seemingly the only certain locks. To date, Ejiofer seems to be the front runner but McConaughey's performance in Dallas Buyers Club is quite possibly career defining. 2013 was McConaughey's coming out party — his performance in Mud earlier in the year was critically acclaimed, even his performance in 2012's Bernie was effortlessly played. The Academy could see fit to award his consistency.