Clooney, Damon, Day-Lewis, Firth and who else make the cut?
Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"
Previous nominations or wins: None
Pros: Longtime working actor got his big break in "Locker," which is universally acclaimed flick, and his charismatic portrayal has made him one of the most sought after actors in town. If the film gets embraced by members of the Academy he has an excellent chance of getting in.
Cons: Many may credit the success of the movie more to director Kathryn Bigelow than the acting ensemble.