Oscars 2012: Jean Dujardin wins Best Actor award

George Clooney was a favorite for Best Actor for this Sunday’s Academy Awards thanks to a tremendous performance in The Descendants. The actor is at his third nomination in this category and he is also in the competition this year for Best Writing of an Adapted Screenplay for The Ides of March.

Insider predictions also had Gary Oldman winning the Oscar for his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Despite previous acclaimed performances, the British actor has never been nominated before.

Nicknamed “France’s George Clooney”, Jean Dujardin could become the first Frenchman to win the Oscar for Best Actor. Dujardin, 39, who utters just two words in the movie, has already grabbed a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for the role.

Brad Pitt crafts a brilliant portrayal of Oakland as general manager Billy Beane in Moneyball. Many argue that Pitt gives his finest performance so far in his career.

Mexican actor Demián Bichir was up for the Oscar for Best Actor on Sunday night for his role in A Better Life, a movie about a gardener who tries to offer his son the opportunity to succeed.