Oscars 2017: Best Actor Nominees

Denzel Washington

Washington has been nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Troy Maxson, a man whose many years of bitterness ultimately cause his family to break apart. Denzel Washington has won multiple awards for his work in Fences, and tonight marks his seventh Academy Award nomination. So far, Denzel has raked in a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. In 2010, Washington won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role in Fences on Broadway. Tonight, five actors have been nominated for Best Actor at the 89th Academy Awards. Click through our gallery to learn more about the other nominees. (Getty)