Image credit: Adrien Brody (The Pianist): Guy Ferrandis
The star of ''The Pianist'' is this category's one true find and the only first-time nominee of the bunch. But there's nothing rookie-ish about his moving performance, the anchor of Polanski's much-admired film. This could be the way the Academy honors the movie.
He's not as charismatic off screen as he is on. Might he have other chances later?