The Visitor, Richard Jenkins
Credit: JoJo Whildon

We’re barely halfway through 2008, and already, Variety is complaining that we’ve hardly seen any Oscar contenders. Sure, there are likely animated feature nominees in WALL-E, Kung Fu Panda, and Horton Hears a Who, and EW’s Ken Tucker (among others) thinks Iron Man merits a golden man or two. Still, aside from Richard Jenkins’ (pictured) lead performance in the modest indie hit The Visitor, no acting turns have emerged as consensus potential nominees.

Of course, distributors tend to assume Oscar voters have short memories and save their likeliest contenders for the latter half of the year, as everyone knows (including Variety, whose article contains a helpful schedule of the Oscar-baiting movies due out over the next six months). Still, let’s play along and ask: which movies and performances have you seen so far in 2008 that you think might be up for Oscars at the end of the year?

addCredit(“Richard Jenkins: JoJo Whildon”)