It says an awful lot about Chris Cooper's performance in "Adaptation" that the veteran character actor is receiving as much attention as he is in a film that toplines Oscar winners Meryl Streep and…
Eye on the Oscars: The Actor; Academy Award Records
Sometimes the biggest challenge for a supporting player can be making a lasting impression with only a handful of scenes. That's exactly what Patricia Clarkson does in "Far From Heaven,"…
For most actors, when Steven Spielberg calls, you jump. Not so with Samantha Morton, the British actress best known in America for her nonspeaking Oscar-nominated role in "Sweet and Lowdown."
A cynical advertising executive who seduces women for sport lectures his nephew about "winning time" at a latenight party as they zero in on their prey. An insecure actress allows a self-absorbed…
This year, Nicolas Cage has managed to do the near impossible by turning in not one, but two impeccable performances in the same movie: the hyperneurotic writer Charlie Kaufman and his goofily…
Supporting roles can be large in scale or a key accent to a film. It's the impact, not screen time, that matters when contemplating Oscar noms, and the following performers fill that criteria.
The past two years' supporting actress winners (Jennifer Connelly for 2001's "A Beautiful Mind" and Marcia Gay Harden for 2000's "Pollock") are proof that a good way to get nominated is to stand by…
"Gangs of New York" is wrapped in conflict. In the mid-19th-century epic, cultures, criminals and politicians face off in the grimy Five Points section of Gotham, ending with a gory draft riot that…
As Dennis Quaid ran onto the field at an actual Texas Rangers game to film a scene in "The Rookie" -- in which his real-life character, Jim Morris, makes his Major League debut -- he was…