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This year's nominees in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

  • Portrayed: Robert Ford
  • Previous Oscars: This is his first nomination.
  • Affleck Fact: He recently became a father for the second time; his wife, Summer Phoenix, gave birth to son No. 2 in early January.
  • Resources: Film Clip  |  Review  |  Profile of the Affleck Brothers

Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men

  • Portrayed: Anton Chigurh
  • Previous Oscars: This is his second nomination; his first was for Best Supporting Actor in "Before Night Falls."
  • Bardem Fact: He is rumored to be dating former co-star (and an Oscar nom herself last year) Penelope Cruz.
  • Resources: Film Clip  |  Review

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War

  • Portrayed: Gust Avrakotos
  • Previous Oscars: This is his second nomination; he won Best Actor in 2006 for his turn as Truman Capote in "Capote."
  • Hoffman Fact: Still very connected to the theater despite his busy movie career, Hoffman is co-artistic director of New York's LAByrinth Theater Company.
  • Resources: Film Clip  |  Review

Hal Holbrook in Into the Wild

  • Portrayed: Ron Franz
  • Previous Oscars: This is his first nomination.
  • Holbrook Fact: He almost turned down the role of Deep Throat in "All the President's Men" because it was such a small part, but Robert Redford talked him out of it.
  • Resources: Film Clip  |  Review

Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton

  • Portrayed: Arthur Edens
  • Previous Oscars: This is his second nomination; he was nominated for Best Actor in 2002 for "In the Bedroom," but did not win.
  • Wilkinson Fact: He stars later this year alongside Tom Cruise in "Valkyrie."
  • Resources: Film Clip  |  Review