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Anthony Mackie, "The Hurt Locker"
Previous nominations or wins: None
Pros: In an odd turn of events that only the Spirit Awards could provide, Mackie was already nominated in this category for last year's Spirits. Luckily, he gives one of the most emotional performances of the "Hurt Locker" trio. Could benefit if the movie receives broad support from the Academy.
Cons: Mackie may have competition from his co-star Geraghty in this same category. Worse, all the actors performances may be penalized by a film that may be seen as a director's showcase for Kathryn Bigelow.