Casey's nomination comes for the Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. His turn as Robert Ford, a resentful member of Jesse James's outlaw gang, is being called a breakthrough performance.
The film was also a chance for Casey to reunite with his Ocean's co-star Brad Pitt. "Brad is so fantastic," he says. "I knew him pretty well, and I knew that he's a very charming, easygoing, kind of disarming guy, so I wasn't too intimidated."