Clooney, Damon, Day-Lewis, Firth and who else make the cut?
Tobey Maguire, "Brothers"
Previous nominations or wins: None.
Pros: The troubled military officer is a non-typical role for the usually soft spoken and everyday man Maguire. Like Rockwell, Maguire is seriously overdue for Academy recognition of any kind after his work in "The Ice Storm," "Wonder Boys," "Seabiscuit," "Pleasantville," "The Cider House Rules" and his underrated performance in "The Good German."
Cons: The buzz hasn't been strong on Jim Sheridan's "Brothers" overall and if its viewed as a stinker it may not matter how good Maguire is.
[Left, Tobey Maguire with Jake Gyllenhaal in a scene from "Brothers."]