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This year's nominees in the Best Actor category.

Richard Jenkins in 'The Visitor'

  • Portrayed: Walter Vale, a professor who befriends an illegal immigrant.
  • Previous Oscars: None; this is his first nomination.
  • Resources: Review

Frank Langella in 'Frost/Nixon'

  • Portrayed: Former President Richard Nixon
  • Previous Oscars: None; this is his first nomination.
  • Resources: Trailer  |  Review

Sean Penn in 'Milk'

  • Portrayed: Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in America who was murdered by a fellow member of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors.
  • Previous Oscars: This is his fifth nomination; he won in 2005 for "Mystic River."
  • Resources: Trailer  |  Review

Brad Pitt in 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'

  • Portrayed: Benjamin Button, a New Orleans man who was born old and gets younger as he ages.
  • Previous Oscars: None; this is his second nomination.
  • Resources: Trailer  |  Review

Mickey Rourke in 'The Wrestler'

  • Portrayed: Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a pro wrestler struggling to make ends meet and attempting to reconcile with his estranged daughter.
  • Previous Oscars: None; this is his first nomination.
  • Resources: Trailer  |  Review
 

Discussions

Transcript: The Social Scene

Hank Stuever and Amy Argetsinger shared everything they saw behind the scenes during the Oscars and the after-parties.