Breakout role: As Emma Stone’s regal love interest in The Favourite; as a lovestruck courtier in Mary Queen of Scots
How he ruled 2018: The Brit actor appeared to have his star-making turn with Ang Lee’s ambitious Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk in 2016, but that didn’t quite shake out. This year is a different story, thanks to his pivotal roles in three — count ’em, three! — awards contenders: the aforementioned The Favourite and Mary Queen of Scots, plus the gay-conversion therapy drama Boy Erased. He also earned the Chopard Trophy for emerging talent at the Cannes Film Festival, became the face of Prada, and, yes, is dating one of the world’s biggest pop stars, Taylor Swift.
What’s next: A role in the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic, alongside Cynthia Erivo and Janelle Monáe