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Ben Kingsley

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Kingsley is loading up on several “best” lists, including a Globes nom. CONS: Ferocity of his performance, and pic’s darkness, might scare off some. Ben Kingsley should be…

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Michelle Pfeiffer

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: More than a pretty face, Pfeiffer has Oscar credibility. CONS: It may be tough to draw attention next to Penn. Michelle Pfeiffer describes “I Am Sam” as a soul-cleansing…

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Tom Cruise

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Was willing to disregard his looks to get into character CONS: Many viewers confused by the pic. When “Chinatown” came out in 1974, Jack Nicholson was lauded for his willingness…

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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…

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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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