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Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"
Who does he play: John du Pont, heir to the Du Pont family fortune and the benefactor of Team Foxcatcher, a major supporter of USA Wrestling in the 1980s and 1990s.
Possible Oscar clip: One scene that actually makes the audience feel somewhat sympathetic for du Pont is a tête-à-tête with his mother, played by Vanessa Redgrave. She ridicules his efforts in wrestling and Carell marvelously captures the pain in du Pont's life he's hidden even from her.
- Gregory Ellwood