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James McAvoy, "The Last Station"
Previous nominations or wins: None
Pros: McAvoy has been this close to a nomination twice before for "The Last King of Scotland" and "Atonement." Playing alongside Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer in the historical drama may allow him to finally break through.
Cons: "Station" is clearly Plummer's showcase and the film's campaign will be focused squarely on landing the legend his first Oscar nomination. McAvoy may just have to wait.
[Left, Anne-Marie Duff and James McAvoy in a scene from "The Last Station."]