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.

Sean Penn

Nomination: Best Actor, Mystic River
Why Him?: Director Clint Eastwood calls Penn, 43, "the finest actor of his generation."
Did You Know?: Penn and his wife, actress Robin Wright Penn, live in the San Francisco Bay Area to avoid raising their two children in Hollywood.