Could this be the year's most competitive category?
Will the first-timer tradition continue?
Like Baseball, trends and statistics actually mean something in Oscar voting. In the best supporting actress category, first time winners dominate. You rarely ever see a former Academy Award winner repeat in this field. In fact, the last time that occurred was when Dianne Wiest won her second statue for "Bullets Over Broadway" in 1994. Oh, and guess whose back in contention in this category this year? Wiest. The legendary actress has her own trends to overcome to duplicate that feat here, but it doesn't bode well for other potential nominees such as Marion Cotillard. Still, among all the acting races this year, best supporting actress may be the most wide open. Not just to win, but to land a nod. With that in mind, let's review the 20 contenders vying for those precious five slots.