2012 wasn't the most exciting year for the prestigious Best Actor category; Daniel Day-Lewis's inseparably phenomenal turn as Abraham Lincoln simply had it in the bag from miles away. There wasn't a hint of tension in the Dolby Theater during that award reveal, and if there was, it was just a fellow nominee under the delusion he had a chance. On the other hand, 2013 is a different beast entirely; filled with such fierce competition, that multiple awe-inspiring performances unfortunately didn't even make the cut. Take Tom Hanks and his astounding display of traumatic shock in the end of Captain Phillips; not even nominated. On the surface, it's a snub if there ever was one but by this year's standards, it's just a toughly called omission. In any other year that performance would've resulted in a surefire nomination. Enough about the performances that just barely missed a spot though, 2013 is a heated two-horse race with multiple wild cards in between. It is time to take a look at these memorable performances in-depth, in an effort to pinpoint who delivered the one true masterful performance of 2013. It's anyone's game this year. Click Next to begin.