Clooney, Damon, Day-Lewis, Firth and who else make the cut?
Viggo Mortensen, "The Road"
Previous nominations or wins:
Nominee, Best Actor, "Eastern Promises" (2008)
Pros: Mortensen gives yet another to the bone performance as father who will do anything to get his son to safety in a post-apocolaptic world. The actor's work is probably also the best thing about the picture overall.
Cons: It's bleak, bleak, bleak stuff and it remains to be seen whether the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel will be either a critical or commercial hit. If it fails at either Mortensen's chances of a nod drop dramatically.