This time last year, three of the four eventual Oscar acting winners — Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette — had already been told to start writing their acceptance speeches. Presently, there are no sure things, setting up a suspenseful season. An early look at the four acting races.
Johnny Depp, "Black Mass"
Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"
Steve Carell, "The Big Short"
Matt Damon, "The Martian"
Michael Caine, "Youth"
Prime contenders: Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"; Tom Hanks, "Bridge of Spies"; Will Smith,...