February 25, 2008 12:00 PM

George Clooney
Michael Clayton

Daniel Day-Lewis

There Will Be Blood

Johnny Depp
Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Tommy Lee Jones

In the Valley of Elah

Viggo Mortensen

Eastern Promises

Pity his talented fellow nominees. Even if they had stood on their heads, naked, reciting Shakespeare for their entire movies, they’d still have found it impossible to top Daniel Day-Lewis’s volcanically intense performance as a determined oilman in There Will Be Blood.

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