Will Colin be crowned 'King' or are Franco's 'Days' of waiting over?
Jeff Bridges, "True Grit"
Pro: As evidenced by his runaway win for "Crazy Heart" last year, Bridges has reached beloved status in Hollywood. He's also reprising a role that won John Wayne an Oscar in 1970. And, he's reunited with the Coen Bros. who have a little history with delivering Oscar nominated performances in their films. Bridges will also return in "Tron Legacy" in the same month which is expected to be a massive hit. That amount of goodwill in the industry won't hurt.
Con: Landing the nod probably isn't the problem. Bridges was nominated four times before "Heart," but winning back to back? Tom Hanks and Spencer Tracy have done it, but it would be tough for Bridges to overcome Firth (again) and Franco to duplicate that feat.