Is it Clooney versus the field?
Thomas Horn, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"
Pro: Director Stephen Daldry has had success with young actors (see Jamie Bell in "Billy Elliott," David Cross in "The Reader") and Horn, a 13-year-old former "Jeopardy!" kids week champion, has a plum role as Oskar Schell in this post-9/11 drama. Every couple of years the Academy embraces a young actor such as Tatum O'Neal, Anna Paquin, Keisha Castle-Hughes and Abigail Breslin. Could Horn be the next actor in that cycle?
Con: It's Horn's feature film debut and a big TBD.
[Left, Horn with Tom Hanks in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."]