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Christian Bale - "American Hustle"
Pros: Bale won the 2011 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in David O. Russell's "The Fighter." Look at that, Russell is also directing "American Hustle." While he has only been nominated once, Bale has a long list of acclaimed performances in films such as "Rescue Dawn," The "Dark Knight" trilogy, "I'm Not There," "American Psycho," "The Machinist" and "Velvet Goldmine," among others.
Cons: Buzz is that Bale's co-star, supporting player Bradley Cooper, may be the real great turn in "Hustle." Bale is also competing against himself in "Out of the Furnace," which always complicates matters. Oh, and did we mention how competitive this category already is this year?