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Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"
Previous nominations or wins: None
Pros: Won the Best Actor award at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Should win numerous year-end best supporting actor awards from critic's groups across the country. Makes what could be a stock villain pathetic, scary and entertaining all at once. Oh, and he's the frontrunner.
Cons: He's definitely in for a nod, the question is whether anyone else will over take him. Is the role "serious" enough or is it such a revelatory turn it won't matter? We're betting on the latter.