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.

Benicio Del Toro

Nomination: Best Supporting Actor, 21 Grams
Why Him?: Of his role, Del Toro is "possibly best of all as a man desperately trying to hold his demons at bay," wrote PEOPLE's Rozen.
Did You Know?: The Oscar winner (for 2000's Traffic), 37, is a fan of comedian Bernie Mac.