Christopher Waltz – ‘Inglourious Basterds’
He is best in show and has already won the actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival for this.
He could very well win the thing, but the nomination is pretty much assured with everyone saying he is brilliant.
Plus, this category LOVES villains.
Stanley Tucci – ‘The Lovely Bones’
Another villainous role for a long respected actor. Not only will he have good will from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, but also from ‘Julie & Julia’ where he is said to be equally wonderful. Playing this completely against recent ‘type’ could easily bag him a nomination and the win.
Matt Damon – ‘Invictus’
Another potential double nominee this year. Clint does wonders for his actors, and this looks like no exception. Clint has gotten three Supporting actor nominees in the past 10 years, and two wins. He needs to remain in supporting. However if ‘The Informant’ crashes he could switch to lead.
Alfred Molina – ‘An Education’
Long respected actor in a film that is supposed to be wonderful.
He plays the father of the lead and is said to be wonderful and funny and a scene stealer which the Academy LOVES.
The film needs to go over in a big way first, which seems likely as of now.
Anthony Mackie – ‘The Hurt Locker’
He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for his role in this and he is also a respected actor with some very interesting parts under his belt. He is said to be very very good with a major Oscar scene, which as we all know is sometimes enough to get that nomination.
Peter Capaldi – ‘In The Loop’
People who have seen the film say he is by far best in show. A total riot and scene stealer. How well do political satires do at the Oscars though, especially small independent ones which are British? This will need some serious campaign muscle and be loved on screeners to get the nom.
Richard Kind – ‘A Serious Man’
Another case of a character actor getting traction based on nothing more than the films pedigree. However he is a reliable character actor who has no trouble letting go for a role. The role is supposed to be a lot of fun, but how well do Coen brothers films do with the Oscars when they are comedies?
Peter Sarsgaard – ‘An Education’
Why, or why has this man never been nominated? He is such a good actor. This seems like a likely nomination, only if the film hits with the Academy in a BIG BIG way. Although Alfred Molina seems more likely right now, all will depend on the coming reviews.
Mark Wahlberg – ‘The Lovely Bones’
Playing a grieving father should tug at the heart strings, however the major problem is the only advanced word in terms of acting is for Soairse Ronan. There is no buzz for anyone else. He has the second largest role in the book, and could go lead, but I think he will stay here.
Jeff Bridges – ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’
A complete random prediction based solely on the fact he is loved and looks like a lot of fun in the trailer.
They have nominated well loved actors for much less.
Is the film goes down well he could very well be a surprise nominee.