Movie Essentials: Best Supporting Actor Nominees 2010

This year's crop of Best Supporting Actor nominees is a strong, likeable one.  Every actor nominated has put in years of work in Hollywood to get this to the point.  Some have been nominated before (Rush, Renner), and some amazingly haven't (Bale, Ruffalo).  Some are born character actors (Hawkes), while others are born leading men (Bale), stretching themselves in smaller roles.  Though every actor lived up to their title, and made the most of their supporting roles - there is a clear winner in my mind: Bale.  After seeing The Fighter, he's the first thing you talk about, and continue to discuss long after the fact.  I'm pulling for him.  Here are these actors' Essentials:  

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