Clooney, Damon, Day-Lewis, Firth and who else make the cut?
Ben Whishaw, "Bright Star"
Previous nominations or wins: None.
Pros: The up and coming Brit had a difficult role of making the sickly English poet John Keats charming to soul mate Fanny Brawne and he pretty much pulled it off.
Cons: Abbie Cornish got better notices as Brawne from most reviewers and "Bright Star" may fade too quickly to matter in the long run.