Even though we've got to go through 6 whole months before the 89th Academy Awards is scheduled to take place on February 26, 2017, the film industry is already gearing towards the ceremony. Starting this weekend with The Light Between Oceans, starring Michael Fassbender opposite Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz, we get our first real taste of Oscar hunting output, which will be followed next Friday with Clint Eastwood's Sully, which stars Tom Hanks in its lead role.

While these films will have to build up a head of steam to be in the race for Best Picture nominations, there's every chance that one or both of Tom Hanks or Michael Fassbender will be in contention for the Best Actor gong. But which actors deserve to be in the running for the five available Best Actor nominations come February? Well, take a gander below to see the frontrunners.

Tom Hanks - Sully

Clint Eastwood directing Tom Hanks in a tale of an American hero that saved the lives of hundreds of people is Oscar bait if I've ever heard it. Sully sees Hanks portraying Chesley Sullenberger, who back in 2009 crash landed the stricken US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River and then struggled to survive the invasion of his private life that followed. There are a few reasons why Tom Hanks deserves yet another Oscar nomination. First of all, he's Tom Hanks. Need more? OK, well he's one of the most talented thespians that has ever stood in front of a camera, something that his rack of accolades throughout his career has already proven. But, for me, it's the fact that Tom Hanks wasn't nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Captain Phillips, or a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Saving Mr. Banks, that really underlines why he deserves another shot at his third Best Actor gong. Still doesn't forgive his hair in The Da Vinci Code, though.

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