Two grizzled veterans and three stars in the making ace out the competition as Jabcat’s nominees for Best Supporting Actor In A Movie 2010. As a bonus, Jabcat presents five Honorable Mentions, actors who nearly made the cut. But first, here are the nominees:

Oscar Isaac as Prince John in Robin Hood

The Prince who would be King engaged in lustful encounters, high court intrigue and battlefield theatrics, always reveling in his royal status like a selfish child. He was instantly unlikeable, his flaws evident, yet understandably human.

Richard Jenkins as Mr. Tyree in Dear John
Yet another fine performance by one of our greatest supporting actors. Jenkins, who stole the show as lead actor in The Visitor(one of Jabcat’s Top Ten Movies of 2008), plays Amada Seyfried’s father here, a coin-collecting, possibly autistic man of few words who makes lasagna every Sunday night (meatloaf Saturday).

Tom Hardy as Eames in Inception
It’s hard to take your eyes off Hardy, not because of good looks or outlandish behavior. It’s the way he carries himself and speaks that demand attention. One of the best things in the intriguing but overrated Inception, we expect big things from this Brit and eagerly await his two 2011 releases: Warrior in which he plays a mixed martial artist trained by his Dad (Nick Nolte) and This Means War where he and Chris Pine play best buds fighting over the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). Something tells us 2011 is going to be Tom Hardy’s year.

Logan Marshall-Green as Tony in Devil
Five people trapped in an elevator and one of them is you know who. It’s not Logan Marshall-Green but he steals the show anyway as a quiet man tortured by his own past in this surprisingly effective morality piece.

Dakin Matthews as Colonel Stonehill in True Grit
You’ve seen him for years but can’t quite place this older actor with a distinctive voice. But who will ever forget him now after two unforgettable scenes in which he bargains unsuccessfully with 14 year old dynamo Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) in this year’s True Grit.

Honorable Mention in this category to the following actors who just missed out on nominations:

Eddie Redmayne as Gordy in The Yellow Handkerchief
There’s something wrong with this kid. He’s a little off. You get the feeling watching Eddie Redmayne in The Yellow Handkerchief that he’s a lost soul, a bit touched, someone who isn’t violent but may be defenseless. Like a lost puppy dog, he needs attention. Watching him blossom in this small beautiful film is a revelation worth honoring with an Honorable Mention.

Jeremy Renner as James Coughlin in The Town
He’s tightly wound and violent. He could go off at any moment. He’s a ticking time bomb with no scruples, a man who will do anything to anyone in order to protect himself and the team with which he robs banks. That’s why we can’t take our eyes off him. He’s a bad ass. He’s dangerous.

Paolo Bonacelli as Father Benedetto in The American
He got me in the trailer with his rumpled face, slow accented voice and penetrating observations. He did the same throughout the film. The wisdom he offers George Clooney’s character carries weight because we sense it’s born from personal experience as much as religious doctrine. He inhabits his role in such a way that, seeing him on screen for the first time, it’s easy to imagine he really is a priest, one recruited to play the role. That, my friends, is acting.

Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley in The Runaways
What isn’t Michael Shannon great in these days? An actor who demands attention on screen, he was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor In A Movie 2009, playing a mentally ill mathematician in Revolutionary Road. He’s manic, crazy, inspiring and more as Kim Fowley, manager of the all girl band The Runaways in this year’s film of the same name.

Stanley Tucci as Dill in Easy A
Stanley Tucci seems to play a variation of the same character in many films – a witty sarcastic man with understated delivery. He’s the gay man working at a fashion magazine in The Devil Wears Prada or the loving non-judgmental father in this year’s Easy A. It often gets old and boring when an actor seems to be playing the same character in every movie. But not with Tucci, who also brought his welcome sense of timing and humor to the surprising enjoyable Burlesque in 2010. Lest you think he’s a one-trick pony, Tucci can play serious too. Witness his role as the creepy serial killer in The Lovely Bones (2009). But it’s lighter fare in which he really shines and paired with Patricia Clarkson as Emma Stone’s parents in Easy A he knocked it out of the park.

And the winner is:

Dakin Matthews as Colonel Stonehill in True Grit

His scenes bargaining with Hailee Steinfeld are etched indelibly in my brain.

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