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Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler"
Who does he play: Creepy and ambitious upstart video journalist Lou Bloom.
Possible Oscar clip: A brilliant exchange with Rene Russo (who herself deserves to be in the BEst Supporting Actress mix) finds Bloom not-so-subtly blackmailing the news station producer for sexual gratification. It's creepy, intense and Gyllenhaal plays it with the same sort of drive that informs much of his character's actions throughout.
- Kristopher Tapley