This is a field that remains WIDE OPEN. I’ll toss out five of the usual suspects and then I’m going to dig around for some more names to bring them into the race. The oddball, the esoteric, the sexy: he’s the man outside the mold.
In this year’s The Fighter – a working-class martial arts movie that resonates with emotion — Nick Nolte sets the bar high for a Best Supporting Actor nomination as the alcoholic father of two warrior boys. Every scene Nolte is in is emotionally true and hard won, inspiring manly tears and touching any one who’s ever had a rocky relationship with a parent, screwed up their relationship with their kids, or a history of abuse – or is not made of granite. Having powerhouse actors Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton playing the battling sons makes this a must-see.