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Best Actor: Ryan Reynolds, ‘Deadpool’

‘Deadpool’ is arguably the most influential hit of 2016, and the film begins and ends with the performance of Reynolds, whose pitch-perfect comedic turn as Marvel's "Merc with a Mouth" finally proved that, with the right material, he's a bona fide A-lister. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

15 Oscar Long Shots We'd Love to See Get Nominated

Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards are set to be announced bright and early on Tuesday morning, Jan. 24. We can expect La La Land, Moonlight, and Manchester by the Sea to dominate the field (with some love for Fences, Jackie, Nocturnal Animals, Arrival, and Hidden Figures spread around as well). However, we're still hoping a few out-of-left-field choices defy the odds and sneak into the mix when the Academy's choices are revealed. In anticipation of the official list of 2017’s contenders, here’s a salute to the Oscar long shots we'd love to see snag nominations.