After singling out this year's breakthrough actresses last week, it was only right to spotlight some of the actors who will be vying for our attention on screen this year:
DON CHEADLE: With a resume crowded enough to gag a goat, Don Cheadle has been impressing audiences for more than two decades on both film and TV. From his sly, electric performance as "Mouse" in Devil in a Blue Dress, to his hilarious turns in both Rush Hour 2 and the Oceans movies, and his critical turns in Crash, Talk To Me and Hotel Rwanda, Cheadle has proven himself to be a fierce, dynamic actor deserving of all his accolades. Stay tuned this year when Cheadle plays an FBI Agent in the drama The Guard.
ANTHONY MACKIE: For those of you who were sleeping on Anthony Mackie before his star-making turn in the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker last year really oughta go back and check out his underrated performances earlier in his career in films lke Half Nelson, American Violet and Million Dollar Baby. After capping off an impressive year as a leading man in 2010's critically-acclaimed indie drama Night Catches Us, Mackie kicks off 2011 in not one but four movies including The Adjustment Bureau, co-starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR: You can always count on dashing U.K. actor Chiwetel Ejiofor to round out an already impressive cast of actors in impressive films like Talk to Me, American Gangster, Children of Men, and Love, Actually. But it was 2005 when the actor first gained mainstream critical attention in the teeny film Kinky Boots, for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination. He later went on to score two subsequent nominations for the TV movies Tsunami: The Aftermath and Endgame. This year the actor begins filming the upcoming historical drama Savannah.
JEFFREY WRIGHT: One thing audiences tend to agree is even if Jeffrey Wright is in a bad film, he never turns out a bad performance. Whether he was stealing scenes from Al Pacino in Angels in America, playing a maniacal criminal in Shaft, going toe to toe with George Clooney in Syriana, or even sharing the screen with (gasp!) Beyonce in Cadillac Records, Wright never disappointed. You can check him out later this year in the sci-fi thriller Source Code with Jake Gyllenhaal.
IDRIS ELBA: After stealing the box office twice last year with the summer blockbuster Takers, Idris Elba went from being simply a critically-acclaimed actor to an international superstar. It was no doubt that his earlier impressive performances in the Rwandan genocide drama Sometimes in April, Daddy's Little Girls, and the acclaimed TV drama The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency has led him to taking center stage in his Golden globe-nominated performance in the crime drama Luther, and in the upcoming blockbuster Thor out this year. With his new credits, we should be able to finally forgive him for Obsessed.