Academy Awards 2008

Who's the Man? The Best Actor Nominees

Hollywood's leading men – George! Johnny! – battle it out for Oscar. By Suzy Byrne

VIGGO MORTENSEN

Eastern Promises
Oscar History: This is his first nomination.
2008 Scorecard: Mortensen was also up for Golden Globe, SAG and Critics' Choice awards.
Before He Hit Oscar: The native New Yorker was fired after his first day as an ice cream vendor.
On Eastern's Famous Nude Scene: "They say 'Cut!' I look around and I'm [naked] in a heap in the corner," Mortensen, 49, told Entertainment Weekly. "You feel vulnerable. But the important thing is to not compromise the scene."