Who will be among the nominees?
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Jim Broadbent - 'Cloud Atlas'
Pro: An Oscar winner in this same category for "Iris," Broadbent provides as much comic relief as he does villainy in his five roles in the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas." Because of his previous support and early critical notices, Broadbent likely has the best shot of any "Atlas" star of landing an Oscar nomination. He's also won two Golden Globe Awards and two BAFTA Awards over his illustrious career.
Con: Will the Academy embrace "Atlas"? Will Broadbent's performance stand out opposite the stellar work of co-stars Tom Hanks, Ben Whinshaw, James D'Arcy and Halle Berry? Or, will the film just be perceived as a massive ensemble piece? Your guess is as good as mine.
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