Awards

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Ed Harris

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: No matter the size of the role, always gives a memorable perf. CONS: Is his work overshadowed by the leads? Casting the role of William Parcher, a mysterious government official…

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Sean Penn

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: After a surprise nom for Woody Allen's “Sweet and Lowdown,” he's definitely on the Acad's radar. CONS: Reviews mixed and many feel the character has been overdone. Sean Penn is…

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Jude Law

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According to “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” co-producer Bonnie Curtis, Jude Law was Steven Spielberg's only choice to play Gigolo Joe, the android love machine who befriends abandoned mecha child…

Marketplace

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Jim Broadbent

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Incredible range could dazzle voters. CONS: May have to battle co-star Hugh Bonneville for recognition Although Jim Broadbent's mother had suffered with Alzheimer's, he found…

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Guy Pearce

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: One of several Oz talents who are currently wowing Hollywood. CONS: Pic came out early in year and distrib seems shy in Oscar campaign. “I have this condition,” the character…

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Renee Zellweger

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OSCAR QUOTIENT HITS: Likable actress delivers a feisty performance in a box office hit, complete with accent and physical appearance overhaul. MINUS: Romantic comedies released in spring can…

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Naomi Watts

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Star-making turn all the more impressive in complicated role. CONS: Will Acad think she's paid her dues? Even though Naomi Watts was convincing as all-American Betty Elms in…

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Billy Bob Thornton

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Extensive 2001 body of work; has gotten raves. CONS: Will so many pics water down his chances? Though Billy Bob Thornton is no stranger to minimalist performances — indeed…

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Tilda Swinton

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Golden Globe nom and winner among Boston critics CONS: Does she have name recognition with voters? Tilda Swinton has a problem with the word “mainstream.” She has been acting in…

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Sissy Spacek

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Acad might be glad to see her back on the bigscreen with meaty role. CONS: She's at her dramatic best when angry; possibly a tough sell to voters. Thanks to her…

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