LIFE.com: 2010’s Oscar Hopefuls

Up In The Air's Vera Farmiga on the cover of LIFE.

Up In The Air's Vera Farmiga on the cover of LIFE.

Their heroes and villains were all over the map: a tortured Harlem teen, a silver-tongued Nazi, a sexy frequent flier, a danger-junkie soldier on Iraq’s front lines. Now the actors who brought these characters to the big screen all have one thing in common: an Oscar dream. In this exclusive LIFE portrait gallery, photographer Jeff Vespa captures moments with 11 actors enjoying awards-season buzz — including our stunning cover star, Up in the Air’s Vera Farmiga, who’ll be hoping to hear her name called as a Best Supporting Actress nominee come Feb. 2.

Check out the gallery here: http://www.life.com/image/first/in-gallery/38532

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