Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Mark Ruffalo stirred up a happy family—and caught the Academy's attention—as a sperm donor getting to know his two biological children and their mothers in The Kids Are All Right. Ruffalo has already received the New York Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor for this role and received a number of nods, including a Screen Actors Guild nomination. This is his first Oscar nomination.
Ruffalo has appeared in more than 30 films, including Shutter Island, Zodiac, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and You Can Count on Me. In 2012, he will assume the role of The Hulk in The Avengers.
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
As Lionel Logue in The King's Speech, Geoffrey Rush brings to life the true story of a speech therapist who helped King George VI learn to stand tall and speak without stammering. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe in this role.
The beloved star of such films as Pirates of the Caribbean and Ned Kelly, Rush is no stranger to the Academy Awards. He won Best Actor in 1997 for his role in Shine. In 1999, he was nominated in a supporting role for his work in Shakespeare in Love. Two years later, he received another Best Actor nomination for Quills.
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