And the Winner Is…Mom!

While their kids are home cheering, these Oscar-nominated parents will be walking the red carpet – and maybe returning home with Hollywood's top honor. By Kate Hogan

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN

Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor, Doubt
Biggest fans: Cooper Alexander, 5½, Tallulah, 2, and Willa, 4 months

The esteemed actor says his kids not only influence his career, but his life as well. "Children make [life] all that much faster and seem much more profound to you and much more heartbreaking. And beautiful!"