Hiddleston is a strong contender to repeat, with his army of fans even more organized and active this year. While we won’t see him in the next Avengers film, he’ll reprise his role as Loki in November’s Thor sequel The Dark World, and PBS viewers will see him in The Hollow Crown, adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays, this September.
Rickman is not to be toyed with, however. The Rickmaniacs are fierce competitors, and it’s heartening to see this respected, Emmy-winning, twice Tony-nominated veteran, who was out in the quarterfinals last year, return to vie for the his second title. Still in demand after his decade-long run as Harry Potter‘s Severus Snape, he’s currently in cinemas worldwide as former President Ronald Reagan in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. And he has upcoming roles in Patrice Leconte‘s A Promise, opposite Rebecca Hall and Richard Madden, and as Hilly Kristal, founder of the New York punk-rock nightclub, in CBGB.