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Nominee: Jeremy Renner
AKA: The Dark Horse
Movie: "The Hurt Locker"
Why he's nominated: For putting a human face on the men who defuse improvised explosive devices in Iraq.
Chances of Winning: 16-1. The Academy loves nothing more than throwing around a wild card nominee like Jeremy Renner. His role as fearless Army bomb squad leader William James definitely opened audiences' eyes to the terrifying reality that U.S. troops face in Iraq. However, his adept acting specifically isn't as memorable as the subject matter.