Lead actors also in the mix for possible Oscar notice include Michael Douglas, Jeff Bridges and Javier Bardem.
Mark Ruffalo says Paul was all on the page.
Supporting actors also in the mix for possible Oscar notice include Vincent Cassel, Ed Harris and Dustin Hoffman.
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Christian Bale wasn't always a contender for "The Fighter."
Nothing James Franco endured on the set of "127 Hours" could possibly compare with the real-life travails of his character, Aron Ralston.
For Sam Rockwell, playing the wrongly convicted prisoner Kenny Walters in "Conviction" offered him a chance to return to his roots, "like 'Lawn Dogs,' stuff I started with," he says.
Jennifer Lawrence was immediately drawn to the hardened teenage heroine with a steely determination in "Winter's Bone."
Jennifer Lawrence hasn't been collecting her press clippings since rocketing to stardom on the back of this spring's critically hailed indie drama "Winter's Bone."
Jacki Weaver has enjoyed a 48-year career in acting, mostly in Australia, starting out playing girl-next-door roles and graduating to what she calls "mum-next-door" parts.
Helena Bonham Carter loved the script of "The King's Speech," but wasn't particularly interested in the part she was offered by director Tom Hooper.
Says Melissa Leo of taking on "The Fighter": "I've never gone into something doubting so much."