Who will be among the nominees?
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Tom Wilkinson - 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'
Pro: The former two-time nominee is part of the small pool of notable actors who fall in the "what? they really haven't one an Oscar yet?" category. Wilkinson has a slew of critically acclaimed prestige and critically acclaimed credits including "In the Bedroom," "Michael Clayton," "The Full Monty," "Shakespeare in Love," "Valkyrie," "RocknRolla," "Batman Begins, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Oscar and Lucinda" and "Sense and Sensibility." In "Marigold Hotel," the Emmy and SAG winner is superb as an older man trying to find his childhood love after decades of separation in India.
Con: Again, Wilkinson is great, but is the role showy enough compared to the rest of the field? Unless "Best Exotic" gets a wave of Academy support, this is going to be a tough one for Fox Searchlight to pull out.
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