Academy Awards 2008

Players' Club: The Supporting Actor Nominees

These go-to guys, including Javier Bardem and Casey Affleck, helped carry their films, but only carried home the Oscar. By Suzy Byrne

CASEY AFFLECK

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Oscar History: This is his first nomination.
2008 Scorecard: Affleck won a National Board of Review award, and has been nominated four other times.
Before He Hit Oscar: Growing up, the Cambridge, Mass., native was a bit of a hellion in his neighborhood – he threw firecrackers off the library roof.
First Response: "It's really nice that people respond to the movie and the performances in the movie," Affleck, 32, told AOL. "I've been in a lot of movies where that's not the case, so it's a nice change."