Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson's War)
When moviegoers recognized Philip Seymour Hoffman, it was usually as a scene-stealing character actor in movies like Boogie Nights, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Magnolia and Almost Famous.
Before long, Philip transformed into a powerful leading man, even winning Oscar® gold for his portrayal of famed author Truman Capote in the 2005 film Capote.
Philip had another year of outstanding performances in 2007. He played a desperate executive driven to rob his own family in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead and a son who must work with his estranged sister to care for their elderly father in The Savages.
This year, Philip earns a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in Mike Nichols's Charlie Wilson's War. Philip plays a rogue CIA agent named Gust Avrakotos who helps a Texas Congressman—played by Tom Hanks—secretly fund Afghani rebels' war against the Soviet Union in the '80s.