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Suraj Sharma - 'Life of Pi'
Pro: In a big spectacle film with lots of CGI but, for a large portion, no other actors on screen, it can be quite difficult for a newcomer to hold the audience's attention. But Sharma does just that, capturing the emotion of the piece with charisma and charm. If it's a film that generates a lot of passion, the best place to show support for the cast would be right here.
Con: Then again, it might not be viewed as an actors' achievement so much as a director's achievement. And Sharma's freshness to the scene could work against him, particularly if there are voters who'd rather show some love to well-known Bollywood player Irrfan Khan in supporting.
- Kristopher Tapley