Best Actor Noms:
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Jeremy Renner was outstanding, and I wouldn't mind seeing him win. I also loved Clooney in Up in the Air -- as did many critics; he swept most of the critics' awards in December. But I think Jeff Bridges turn as wearied country music singer, Bad Blake, will bring home the golden statue. And I'm just fine with that choice, too. He was brilliant and seems to be gaining more and more momentum as the awards season goes along...
Best Supporting Actor Noms:
Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
I think this is the biggest runaway of the bunch. There were some really great supporting perfs (I was especially blown away by Woody Harrelson in The Messenger, though not enough people saw that for him to get too much buzz), but I reckon that a sadistic, charming, multilingual Nazi will 'Waltz' away with the trophy. Christoph Waltz was spectacular in Inglorious Basterds; he's won virtually every supporting actor award this year, and I don't expect Oscar voters to stem that tide.