Ed Harris (The Hours)

Best Supporting Actor

2003 wins: None

Nominated: Golden Globes, SAG Awards, BAFTA

Oscar pedigree: Nominated: “Pollock” (2000), “The Truman Show” (1998), “Apollo 13” (1995)

Harris on why he chose the role: “I was a little scared, a little daunted. But I like those challenges, so I was ready. … I really loved the novel and when I got a call about doing it, and (was told) that Meryl Streep was playing Clarissa, I just said, ‘Yes.’ I didn’t even ask any other questions.”

What we said: “Adding more caustic, self-deprecating humor to his tirades might have sharpened and enlarged Harris’ portrait of a successful poet who insists he accomplished nothing.” — Todd McCarthy (Dec. 10)

What the others said: “Mr. Harris, more than matching his tumultuous performance in ‘Pollock,’ creates a wrenching, incendiary portrait of a man ravaged with illness, who thrashes with rage and bitterness, his emotions burning out of control like a torched oil slick on a contaminated lake.” — Stephen Holden, New York Times

This could be the night: With his fourth nomination, many think Harris is due.

Then comes the rub: Are the women in the film overshadowing his perf?

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