Adam B. Vary
February 09, 2012 AT 12:00 PM EST

For this year’s Oscars, the 20 acting nominees have posed for photographer Douglas Kirkland in what the Academy calls “Out of Character: Portraits of This Year’s Acting Nominees.” Clicking through them, two things quickly become clear: One, with rare exception, the men weren’t too keen on being creative with their poses. And two, with rare exception, the women were keen on doing anything but a straight-forward pose.

Basically, they’re like the fanciest school portraits ever. Here are my four favorites from the acting categories, starting with Best Supporting Actor (all credits to Douglas Kirkland and AMPAS): 

Nick Nolte (nominated for Warrior) just does not give a rip, and that is simply awesome.

NEXT PAGE: The standout Best Supporting Actress portrait

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