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Mark Wahlberg - “Lone Survivor”
Pro: Wahlberg’s a past nominee for Best Supporting Actor (“The Departed”) and Best Picture (“The Fighter”), and while he stars in a lot of B-movie dross, he’s established himself as a hard-working industry stalwart. Peter Berg’s Afghanistan War drama – in which the actor plays Marcus Luttrell, a Navy SEAL involved in a mission to kill a Taliban leader – could make his peers see him in a more serious light if it proves a December hit.
Con: The film, like much of Wahlberg’s work these days, might simply be a commercial venture – Berg is coming off “Battleship,” after all – and may be too action-oriented for the Academy’s liking.