- Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn
- Jonah Hill – Moneyball
- Nick Nolte – Warrior
- Christopher Plummer – Beginners
- Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Nolte, who has been an underdog in this category. Good to see he wasn’t forgotten. Also, Jonah Hill!!
Where the hell is:
- Ben Kingsley for Hugo (all the noms for that movie, and not one for its best performance?)
- Alan Rickman for Harry Potter (come on, he was fantastic)
- Andy Serkis for Rise of the Planet of the Apes (someday, Oscar voters will realize how good this guy is)
- Viggo Mortensen for A Dangerous Method (no love for that movie, for some reason)
Branagh, who was terribly miscast as Laurence Olivier in Marilyn
This is Plummer’s to lose. And about time, too!