Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine
PRO: Offbeat performance fulfills important responsibility of older generation in Hollywood — teaching today's young actresses how to strip.
CON: Paris, Britney, Lindsay … perhaps current starlets need to learn how to put on underpants.
Jackie Earle Haley for Little Children
PRO: Former child star Bad News Bears, Breaking Away avoids typical child-star problems …
CON: … to turn in a performance so creepy even Roman Polanski couldn't watch it.
Djimon Honsou for Blood Diamond
PRO: Versatile actor continues to dazzle in high-carat roles (Amistad, Gladiator, In America).
CON: Hollywood prefers Pokemon to Djimon; life was so much easier when Academy voters only need to spell "Danny Glover."
Eddie Murphy for Dreamgirls
PRO: Follows in the steps of Bill Murray and Robin Williams: comic actor doing serious, critically acclaimed work.
CON: Hard to recast your image when voters still remember "Little Richard Simmons" and that episode with the transvestite hooker (which, come to think of it, might be redundant).
Mark Wahlberg for The Departed
PRO: Standout performance among a real "Funky Bunch" of actors.
CON: Third nipple still freaks us out; Bostonian does Boston accent in movie set in Boston, is that acting?
Adriana Barraza for Babel
PRO: Gained 35 pounds to play challenging role of housekeeper, thought by some to be best performance in film.
CON: Didn't we already see Spanglish? We mean, didn't somebody?
Cate Blanchett for Notes on a Scandal
PRO: One of three standout performances (see also Babel, The Good German) this year
CON: Voters hate her from taking all the good roles from Americans or even just people who spell Kate correctly.
Abigail Breslin for Little Miss Sunshine
PRO: Voters hope for striptease-style acceptance speech; plus, Dakota Fanning is so two years ago.
CON: Too young and eats too much ice cream.
Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls
PRO: Steals the movie.
CON: America has already (however unfairly) voted her out: And I am telling you … I'm not winning
Rinko Kikuchi for Babel
PRO: Plays deaf and mute, scoring double disability points.
CON: Deaf and mute with a crotch shot may be overkill.
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