Before you can get to a place where people start kvetching "remember when he was good?" status, you first have to have been good. And lest we forget, Johnny Depp has given many extraordinary performances over the years. He broke our hearts as Edward Scissorhands, made us laugh as Ed Wood and was none-too-shabby in some non-Ed roles, too. Things have gotten a little out of control in the post-Jack Sparrow environment, but don't forget all the quality work – especially since the Academy seems to have done just that.
Nominations: Three for Best Actor (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd).
Should Have Won For: Donnie Brasco.
Maybe This Is All Punishment For: Hats, scarves and goofy facial expressions.