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

Josh Brolin in 'Milk'

  • Portrayed: Dan White, the San Francisco Supervisor who shot and killed colleague Harvey Milk and then Mayor George Muscone.
  • Previous Oscars: None; this is his first nomination.
  • Resources: Trailer  |  Review

Robert Downey, Jr. in 'Tropic Thunder'

  • Portrayed: Kirk Lazarus, an Australian actor playing an African-American in this comedy's movie-within-a-movie.
  • Previous Oscars: This is his second nomination; his first was in 1993 for "Chaplin."
  • Resources: Trailer  |  Review

Philip Seymour Hoffman in 'Doubt'

  • Portrayed: Father Brendan Flynn, a priest facing accusations about his relationship with a male student.
  • Previous Oscars: He won in 2006 for "Capote"; this is his third nomination.
  • Resources: Trailer  |  Review

Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight'

  • Portrayed: The Joker, Batman's diabolical nemesis.
  • Previous Oscars: This is his second nomination; he was nominated in 2006 for "Brokeback Mountain," but lost to Philip Seymour Hoffman.
  • Resources: Trailer  |  Movie Review  |  DVD Review  |  Ledger Appreciation

Michael Shannon in 'Revolutionary Road'

  • Portrayed: John Givings, a mentally unstable man who befriends the Wheelers (Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio).
  • Previous Oscars: None; this is his first nomination.
  • Resources: Review
 

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