Oscar Nominees: The Inside Story

Before the red carpet is rolled out, get to know some standout stars and find out what made their performances so special.

Alec Baldwin

Nomination: Best Supporting Actor, The Cooler
Why Him?: "This is one of Alec Baldwin's best performances," wrote Roger Ebert of Baldwin's portrayal of a shady casino boss.
Did You Know?: Baldwin, 45, will play late designer Roy Halston Frowick in the upcoming Simply Halston.