Oscars welcome eight first-time acting nominees, including Christian Bale

This year’s 20 acting nominees include four previous champs, eight past nominees and another eight who are new to the Oscars. Of the quartet of veterans, reigning Best Actor Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”) just landed a sixth career bid for his leading performance in “True Grit.” Prior to his win last year, Bridges had racked up three Best Supporting Actor nods (“The Last Picture Show,” 1971; “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” 1974; and “The Contender,” 2000) as well as one Best Actor Bid (“Starman,” 1984).

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Besides Bridges, the other returning champs are:

Best Actor nominee Javier Bardem (“Biutiful”) — Best Supporting Actor winner (“No Country for Old Men,” 2007): Best Actor nominee (“Before Night Falls,” 2000);

Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”) — Best Actress winner (“The Hours,” 2002); Best Actress nominee (“Moulin Rouge!,” 2001); and

Best Supporting Actor nominee Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech”) — Best Actor winner (“Shine,” 1996); Best Supporting Actor nominee (“Shakespeare in Love,” 1998); Best Actor nominee (“Quills,” 2000).

Among the previous Oscar nominees, Best Actress contender Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”) has three unsuccessful bids, first in the supporting race for “The Grifters” in 1990 and then twice in the lead category for “American Beauty” (2000) and “Being Julia” (2004).

Best Actress nominee Natalie Portman was a Best Supporting Actress nominee in 2004 for “Closer.”

Best Actress nominee Michelle WIlliams was a Best Supporting Actress nominee in 2005 for “Brokeback Mountain.”
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Best Actor nominee Colin Firth was a nominee in this same race last year for “A Single Man.”

Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams (“The Fighter”) has contended twice before in this category — “Junebug” (2005) and “Doubt” (2008).

Best Supporting Actress nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech”) was a Best Actress nominee in 1997 for “The Wings of the Dove.”

Best Supporting Actress nominee Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) was a Best Actress nominee in 2008 for “Frozen River.”

Best Supporting Actor nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Town”) was a Best Actor nominee last year for “The Hurt Locker.”

The first time contenders are:

Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”); 

Best Actor nominees Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) and James Franco (“127 Hours”);

Best Supporting Actress nominees Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) and Jacki Weaver (“Animal Kingdom”); and

Best Supporting Actor nominees Christian Bale (“The Fighter”), John Hawkes (“Winter’s Bone”) and Mark Ruffalo (“The Kids Are All Right”).


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