Oscar race handicappers don't usually complain about a dearth of supporting actor contenders; there's usually plenty of buddies, sidekicks, dads, and villains to fill the bill. Not this year, though. Aside from one or two sure things, there's no telling who might sneak into the category, or how deep the Academy and Globes voters may have to dig to find the rest of the supporting actor slate.

The Locks: The only bet-the-farm sure thing in the race is Christoph Waltz (pictured, right), a front-runner since May's Cannes Film Festival for his non-cartoonish Nazi villain in 'Inglourious Basterds.'