Who: Alec Baldwin
What: The Aviator
Why: His calm and collective demeanor was in perfect contrast to Leonardo DiCaprio’s perf as a mentally unstable icon.
Who: David Carradine
What: Kill Bill Vol. 2
Why: Though the pic came out back in April, Carradine shouldn’t be forgotten as was both the perfect mentor and foil to the Bride.
Who: Phil Davis
What: Vera Drake
Why: Provided rock-solid support for on-screen wife Imelda Staunton when the law finally caught up to her.
Who: Mos Def
What: The Woodsman
Why: A ton of terrific perfs in this film, including Def as a parole officer who won’t give Kevin Bacon a chance to repent.
Who: Jamie Foxx
Why: The only reason Foxx isn’t a lock here is because he’s a lock for “Ray.”
Who: James Garner
What: The Notebook
Why: Garner, 76, is an old pro whose only Oscar nom came 18 years ago for “Murphy’s Romance.” It might be time for another.
Who: Topher Grace
What: In Good Company
Why: One of the most talented young stars on the rise, his charm here could woo any hardboiled voter.
Who: Jude Law
Why: Of all the films Law appeared in, this one should stick in the consciousness of voters more than the others.
Who: John Lithgow
Why: A very small role time-wise, but pivotal to the drama. Provided the backstory as to how much Kinsey’s stern upbringing affected the sex researcher throughout his life.
Who: Gabriel Macht
What: A Love Song for Bobby Long
Why: While Travolta has the much flashier role, Macht’s tenderness with Scarlett Johansson are the best moments of the pic.