Clooney, Damon, Day-Lewis, Firth and who else make the cut?
George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
Previous nominations or wins:
Won, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, "Syriana," (2006)
Nominee, Best Director, "Good Night, and Good Luck." (2006)
Nominee, Best Original Screenplay, "Good Night, and Good Luck." (2006)
Nominee, Best Actor, "Michael Clayton," (2007)
Pros: An Academy members favorite and previous winner, Clooney arguably gives the best and most emotional performance of his career in what many consider the Best Picture frontrunner. With "Air," "Men Who Stare At Goats" and his vocal work in "Fantastic Mr. Fox" many have already dubbed this awards season "The Year of the Clooney."
Cons: He's a lock for a nod, but do members believe he's ready to join the two-statue club?
[George Clooney and Vera Farminga in a scene from Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air."]