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Robert Downey Jr.

Dark Horse Supporting Actor: 'Zodiac'

Why: While Downey has offered up some of the most interesting performances of his career lately in indies, “Zodiac” marked a big studio picture that may be sadly overlooked in several categories beyond acting. Both he and Jake Gyllenhaal — under the smart direction of David Fincher — had effective chemistry onscreen, both in pursuit of a murderer in their own ways. The film’s early release date would seem more difficult to overcome than hunting down the film’s serial killer.

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