Is this the most competitive category of the season?
Toughest field in years
It's not hyperbole to say that the 2012 best supporting race may be the most wide open Oscar category in years. Moreover, it's not for lack of suitable candidates. Instead, there may just be too many great performances to recognize. You could easily argue that four of the members of the "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" ensemble are worthy of a nod and actors such as Albert Brooks, Nick Nolte, Kevin Spacey, Christopher Plummer, Kenneth Branagh, Robert Forster, John Hawkes, Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman or Brad Pitt haven't been this good in years. Obviously, with only five slots available a number of great contenders aren't going to make the cut. And while that may not be sobering news for anyone hoping for a nod, it certainly will make things interesting Oscar nomination morning.