1 Peter O'Toole, "Venus"

2 Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland"

3 Will Smith, "The Pursuit of Happyness"

4 Leonardo DiCaprio, "Blood Diamond" and "The Departed"

5 Ryan Gosling, "Half Nelson"

The skinny: O'Toole regains the lead from Whitaker. However, our panelists think DiCaprio's star is on the rise as critics rave about both roles. Will Gosling's indie Spirit Award nomination help his Oscar chances?

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